A Progressive commentator says the Iowa caucuses spell the end for Democrats

Monday, February 10, 2020
By Paul Martin

By Andrea Widburg
February 10, 2020

One of the astounding things after the 2016 election was the Democrats’ failure to engage in self-reflection to understand what they did wrong and figure out how to improve. Instead, they’ve indulged in a three-and-a-half-year orgy of blaming everything (mostly the Russians) and everybody (mostly Trump) for their election failure. Matt Taibbi, who writes for the Progressive Rolling Stone magazine, is one of the few Progressives who has managed to resist this impulse.

Taibbi consistently looks at the Democrat party with the eye of a man who wishes he could fix it rather than someone who is looking for a scapegoat to relieve the party of responsibility for its failings. In his latest outing, though, Taibbi seems to have given up hope. He’s no longer trying to be a reformer; he is, instead, a Cassandra, looking into the future and chronicling what he sees as the inevitable death of the Democrat party. It is a scathing look at the dying convulsions of the world’s oldest continuously existing political party.

The article begins with some optimistic Bernie Bros looking forward to the outcome of the Iowa caucuses, something they assume will end in Bernie’s favor. All of them, says Taibbi, ended up in Bernie’s camp because they felt betrayed by the system and believe that Bernie, betrayed as well, is their political avatar:

Two elements are near-constants in Sanders crowds: life experience with a broken system (Grace told a story of corporate-captured regulators killing an animal rights bill he worked on), and feelings of sympathy for a Senator also seen as getting the short [end of the] stick from establishment cheats.

For these voters, 2020 is about revenge. Every media person who dismissed Bernie, every change in debate rules to aid a New York plutocrat, every story about “troll fighters” aimed at the Bernie campaign — all of them would be destroyed:

Sanders supporters felt sure they’d overcome. With a win, all that invective was just another indication of righteousness.

“It just tells me he pisses off the right people,” Grace quipped. Then he walked off to catch the victory speech, and all hell broke loose.

The hell Taibbi describes isn’t the utter fiasco in Iowa, something that put the lie to the Democrats’ claim that they are so skilled in reason and technology that they can and should be made responsible for all decisions, large and small, in America. Iowa was, writes Taibbi a week that “reeked of third-world treachery — from monolithic TV propaganda against the challenger to rumors of foreign intrusion to, finally, a “botched” vote count that felt as legitimate as a Supreme Soviet election.”

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