Democratic Socialists of America will not endorse a presidential candidate if Bernie doesn’t get Dem nomination
This may actually be a good thing for Democrats.
The DSA just held its annual conference, and it was pretty much what you would expect when 1000 socialists got together — it devolved at times into self-parody.
This is a meeting at the Democratic Socialists of America. https://t.co/EkTyE3dxXp
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 4, 2019
On a more substantive point, Resolution 15 provided that “DSA will not endorse another Democratic candidate if Bernie does not prevail.”
You can listen to the debate at this lives tream (last 15 minutes).
The concerns expressed were, my paraphrase, that DSA not sell out its principles which only Bernie could satisfy, and on the other hand, isn’t it better to unite against Trump regardless.
The Resolution was passed, so DSA will not endorse the Democrat nominee if it’s not Bernie.
>@DemSocialists will not endorse another 2020 Dem candidate (cough Warren cough) if Sanders loses the primary. By no means a unanimous decision. One delegate opposing rez said, "Trump is too dangerous to take cards off the table right now." He lost the argument. #dsacon2019
— Greg Krieg (@GregJKrieg) August 2, 2019
DSA nat’l director Maria Svart stmt on vote to not endorse any presidential candidate if Sanders doesn’t win primary. Release notes:
“In 2016, the DSA adopted a strategy to ‘Dump Trump’ in swing states without endorsing Clinton nationally.” pic.twitter.com/NMexy2fhTv
— Greg Krieg (@GregJKrieg) August 3, 2019
At a superficial level, this could mean diminished enthusiasm from an important part of the anti-Trump coalition. In tight states, even a relatively small number of people staying home or not campaigning for a Democrat could be significant.
But beyond that superficial level, the “Socialist” label is going to be pinned on any Democrat who is likely to get the nomination, though it will be a tough sell for Biden. Republicans believe, and there is support for it, that the Socialist label is political death among all groups except liberal millennials.
By not endorsing Biden, or Warren, or Harris, or whomever, the DSA has done Democrats a favor. They may have Republicans calling them Socialists, but they won’t have the Democratic Socialists of America endorsement featured around the clock in attack ads.DONATE
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