The ‘Squad’ Can Learn From How Bernie’s Campaign Unfolded.
As their careers and political clout continue to grow, progressives in congress have to be mindful of what to expect from the Democratic party.
After Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, whether corporate Democrats would like to admit it or not, millions of young people in particular were inspired by the idea that we not only deserve, but should expect far better from our lawmakers here in the United States. Countless individuals were inspired to run for office on platforms similar to his, and others were forming groups like Justice Democrats to help them succeed. Obviously, among some of the most visible of the new blood emerging within the Democratic party would be ‘the squad’, which had risen to congress with help from groups like Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats. Now, there’s no denying that even though they have yet to serve even a full term in Congress, women like Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have garnered more political clout than almost anyone else among Democratic party ranks. As their careers continue to grow and their voices become even more amplified, there are certainly lessons for them to learn from the way Bernie Sanders’ campaigns ultimately unfolded.
Considering the fact that she almost singlehandedly saved Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign and is already 4th in 2024 primary polling ahead of Andrew Cuomo, there’s no denying that AOC’s future is particularly bright. That said, if she wants any hope of success to perhaps challenge Senator Schumer for his seat or even run for President down the line, perhaps the single most important and obvious lesson that she and her fellow Justice Democrats could learn is that the Democratic party will likely always be an active barrier standing in their way.
Recently, Jordan Chariton with The Intercept reported that the DNC was directly involved in the development of the app that resulted in the fiasco that unfolded in the 2020 Iowa Primary.