The corporate media is attempting to make UK’s Labour Party & Jeremy Corbyn’s defeat as the future of the American Progressive movement. Don’t buy it.
I knew it was coming though it came quicker with a larger ferocity than I thought it would. Is UK’s Labour Party fate that of the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party?
The situation is not the same though the corporate mainstream media will attempt to make it so. It is important that progressives stay the course. Instead of spending any time on the defensive, articulate the policies we intend to put into effect and how we intend to do it in a realistic manner.
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Biden Parrots ‘Profoundly Silly’ Narrative That Lesson From UK Elections Is Democrats Should Not Go ‘So, So Far Left’
“Don’t let neoliberals use Jeremy Corbyn’s defeat as an attack on Bernie Sanders,” warned one progressive commentator.
Former Vice President Joe Biden Thursday night told a gathering of rich donors that the Labour Party’s crushing defeat in the U.K. general election represents a warning sign that Democrats should not nominate a left-wing candidate in 2020, a narrative progressives immediately condemned as highly misleading and pernicious.
“Look what happens when the Labour Party moves so, so far to the left,” Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, told donors at a fundraiser in San Francisco Thursday. “It comes up with ideas that are not able to be contained within a rational basis quickly.”
“You’re also going to see people saying, ‘My God, [U.K. Prime Minister] Boris Johnson, who is kind of a physical and emotional clone of the president, is able to win,” the former vice president said, according to pool reports.
Biden’s remarks mirrored the immediate post-election reaction of centrist pundits on Twitter late Thursday as exit poll results made clear that Labour, led by Jeremy Corbyn, lost decisively.
“Warning from across the pond to Dems flirting with Bernie/Warren,” tweeted National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar, referring to leading 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Kraushaar’s argument, echoed by many on social media, was soon expressed in Friday morning news headlines and television programs.
“Corbyn’s U.K. defeat was bad news for Sanders, Warren, and America’s left,” blared NBC News’s “First Read” headline on the U.K. election results.
“Last night’s election showed the limits of campaigning and winning on ideology,” wrote NBC’s Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Carrie Dann. “A socialist or very left-leaning message—inspired to turn out young voters and unite the working class—simply didn’t work.”