The thing I’m currently fuming about is the statement from John King at CNN with regard to the triple endorsement of Bernie Sanders by Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). He said “But it will also, I think … have some of the other candidates say: ‘Wait a minute, is this too far left? Is this too uncompromising? Is it too urban? Is it too internet? Does the Democratic Party need to find a broader audience?”
So much nonsense, where do I begin? First of all, is there something inherently leftist about endorsing the candidate of your choice? Also, it’s not clear who he’s saying is too far to the left there. Is he saying that AOC and her squad are being too far to the left by endorsing a fanatic like Bernie Sanders, or are they the fanatical leftists in this scenario.
And, is it too internet? Seriously, a thing cannot be ‘too internet.’ If something generates attention on the internet, it generates attention. This is a good thing.
But, of course, everybody’s talking about the ‘too urban’ thing, which John King absolutely swears was not intended as a nudge-nudge wink-wink to all the racists out there.
Emma Vigeland of the Young Turks did a really good analysis of it. Short version, she thinks it was code, and I don’t doubt she’s right.
But, just for the sake of argument, let’s assume John King meant the word literally, as in ‘not rural.’ Does John King have something against city dwellers? Is he not a city dweller himself? I have a hard time picturing him racing home from the studio for evening milking.
It’s not as if Iowa is actually at war with New York City. They may have some different interests, but they have mostly the same ones.
Medicare for All will benefit just as many people in rural areas as it will in urban areas. The number is “All.”
Anybody in a rural area with kids under 18 who wants them to go to college will benefit from a Sanders administration just as much as anybody in Detroit who is in the same situation.
People in rural areas and urban areas alike both want a cleaner planet. They both need jobs, at decent wages.
So, no, John King, this is not too ‘urban,’ whatever you meant by that. Not by a long stretch.