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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Corbyn may save Democrats



Some say the above headline did not age well ("Jeremy Corbyn's success is a model for American progressives") but following Boris Johnson's shellacking of Corbyn's anti-Semitic, anti-Brexit party, Corbyn serves as a caution for the lemmings in America's Party of Impeachment.

By success, American Democrats meant Corbyn remaining the leader of the Labour Party, which had lost 3 consecutive elections before finally crashing and burning on Thursday.

Corbyn strikes me as a know-it-all eurocentric aristocrat who has a feudal lord's view of the populace. Most socialists share that view. They look upon their countrymen as peons who when they dare disagree are deplorable. Perhaps socialism turns them into snobs, or perhaps snobs turn to socialism now that Divine Right has fallen out of fashion.

Liberal Jonathan Chait's post-mortem for Corbyn's Labour Party was a cautionary tale for Democrats.

Chait wrote, "Many writers, not only on the left, detected parallels between the rise of Corbyn and the movement around Bernie Sanders. The latter is considerably more moderate and pragmatic than the former, and also not laden with the political baggage of Corbyn’s widely derided openness to anti-Semitic allies. And yet many leftists have emphasized the similarities between the two, which are indeed evident. Both built youth-oriented movements led by cadres of radical activists who openly set out to destroy and remake their parties. Both lost in somewhat close fashion, Sanders in 2016 and Corbyn the next year. And fervent supporters of both men treated their narrow defeats as quasi-victories, proof of victory just around the corner."

Narrow defeats are not victories.

Ask Hillary and Al Gore how that works.

Chait also wrote, "There are certainly some points that can be made on behalf of socialist politics. The great recession created among the young a much larger constituency for anti-capitalist politics than existed before; some left-wing policies, like tough financial regulation and generous pension benefits, do command broad public approval, while some centrist policies have proven unpopular.

"Nonetheless, on the whole, the arguments extrapolating from the success enjoyed by Corbyn and Sanders suffered from delusional wishful thinking. Proceeding from the erroneous Marxist view that capitalism is growing more oppressive, and a working-class backlash is therefore inevitable, they glommed onto bits of data, and ignored a large and growing array of evidence to the contrary."

What does it say of a movement that it needs a national tragedy to make it attractive?

Does the British election foretell 2020 in America?

Matthew Champion at BuzzFeed News wrote, "The US And UK Elections Are Very Different. That Won’t Stop The Terrible Comparisons."

He wrote, "Labour lost because voters didn’t like who was offering the policies. Despite overseeing a surge in Labour membership and being feted by many first-time young voters, Corbyn will go down as a historically unpopular Labour leader."

So it is not socialism that killed the man (politically) but the man who killed socialism.

But Michael Bloomberg said, "Maybe this is the canary in the coal mine.

"The public clearly wanted a change in the U.K. The change was much more rapid and [had] greater magnitude than anyone had predicted. And I think it’s sort of a catastrophic warning to the Democratic Party that you’re just going to have to have somebody that can beat Donald Trump, and that is not going to be easy.

"Americans want change, but I think they don’t want revolutionary change. They want evolutionary change."

I don't think Americans want change any more than they want Bloomberg deciding what size Slurpee we can have. We have President Donald John Trump, peace, and prosperity.

Liberal Andrew Sullivan tweeted, "One lesson from the UK: if the Democrats don't stop their hard-left slide, they'll suffer the same fate as Labour. If they don't move off their support for mass immigration, they're toast. Ditto the wokeness. Left Twitter is not reality."

Democrats have soiled their brand with the constant antagonism of President Donald John Trump, who while feisty and fighting back has nevertheless carried out his campaign promises. With one hand tied behind his back by witch hunts, too.

Going all-in on socialism not only will cost them 2020 (which already is lost) but ruin 2024 for them.

But it is not too late for Democrats to learn from Corbyn. They can reject Outright Marxism, slide back to Incremental Socialism, and nominate someone expendable like Joe Biden or Pete Buttigieg. Then they come back in 2024 with at least a chance to win.

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