The Professional Protester #31 Why The Painful Election Returns Might Be A Good Thing

Biden is on course to win both the popular vote and the electoral college, making him the next president-elect of the United States and ousting Donald Trump.

I find myself needing a shower for rooting for a Biden victory, I find it sickening that I am rooting for a rapist with connections to white supremacists simply to beat another white supremacist rapist.  But it would be foolish to ignore the reality that a Biden presidency is easier to survive than a Trump one.  But that is a rant for another post.

Today's rant is about how the Democrats underperformed in this election because their whole, "Punch left while running from the center" schtick has failed miserably, whereas leftist candidates and races were winning in landslides.  26 of 30 races endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America saw victory, including the relection of AOC and the Squad.  In fact we even managed to expand the Squad with at least 2 more DSA members!

Biden and the neoliberal moderates of the Party elite and pundit class are trying to claim that it is still leftists fault that the Democrats are underperforming, so they are now falling back on the fact that more people have voted for Joe Biden than anyother president in history.  Which credit where credit is due, that is impressive.

That is an argument we have to be ready to deal with because we need to make it clear that the democrats dont have the actual mandate they want to think they do.  The fact that they could perform so well and yet still so poorly at the same time shows you that the Democrats hold on the country is tenuous, at best.

When a president's and their party's grasp is tenious, that is good for the people, because it means both can easily succumb to pressure.

Biden cannot be "pushed left" in the sense that he will ever fully embrace leftist social programs like Medicare for All, but he can be intimitated into signing legislation that creates it.

I do not doubt that Biden will still act like he has a mandate and try to shove neoliberal austerity measures down our throats, but this is why the movement cannot slow down when Biden takes office.  No going back to brunch for the left, we hit the streets louder and harder than ever the day Biden is sworn in!

We have no choice but to maintain this momentum because of the Democrats' tenuous grasp.  While a leader with a tenuous grasp can easily succumb to pressure, they can easily succumb to pressure from our enemies if the pressure on the right is stronger than the left.

This election could have been a landslide for the Democrats if Biden was campaigning on universal healthcare and universal income, those are what people need and have needed for seven months in order to survive the pandemic.  But instead the democrats banked on "the soul of the nation" and even with the most votes for a President in history, Biden is only barely managing to defeat the most underperforming president since Carter or Hoover.

This week has sucked, but the fact that Biden doesn't have the mandate he thinks he does is a good thing for the leftists who will be organizing to get us a Green New Deal and healthcare.  Biden's grasp on the presidency is fragile, we have a better bargaining chip now than if Biden had won in a landslide.

This week has been hard and so will the next four years, and the next election will probably be even harder, but I hope you all are like me, and enjoy a challenge!


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