With control of Congress and the presidency, Democrats have taken the first steps toward making Washington, D.C. the fifty-first state. But there is even more here than meets the eye, and the rationale behind the Left’s push to transform voting is truly sinister. Our editors analyze the situation and underlying arguments.
Matt is joined by Faiz Shakir, a top adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders and the former manager of his 2020 presidential campaign, to talk about adopting a working class lens for crafting progressive policy, cultivating an ethic of solidarity, and about the organization he founded, More Perfect Union, which aims to craft media that centers working people. Faiz also gets Matt to go on the record about how his own feelings on Bernie have evolved, from the 2016 campaign to now.
An Intercept investigation finds that a revolving door of friends and colleagues at the top echelons of the DCCC reinforces its corporate sensibility.
Big Tech’s at it again, censoring people—including us—as the effort to scrub Trump from the public square continues. Voting rights is the new hot-button issue, especially in Georgia. And what does US policy in Afghanistan tell us about Biden?
Matt is joined by political scientist and author Ruy Teixeira to talk about how Democratic messaging has gone wrong, and how to get it right.
Resources:”Immigrant Neighborhoods Shifted Red as the Country Chose Blue” by Weiyi Cai and Ford Fessenden, New York Times (Dec. 20, 2020)
“The Five Deadly Sins of the Left” by Ruy Teixeira, American Compass (Oct. 13, 2020)
“‘Hidden Tribes,’ the new report centrists are using to explain away polarization, explained” by Zack Beauchamp, Vox (Oct. 22, 2018)
Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Malcom Kyeyune (Tinkzorg) joins me to discuss the chaos facing the west and how it has sent those outside the political establishment, both left and right, in odd directions as they search for answers.