Some Democratic observers panic their party is following the British lefts road to defeat
British politics rarely pries into a US presidential election. In 1988, Joe Biden was forced to abandon his first bid for the White House after it emerged that he had quoted without blame a hunk of oratory from the then Labour party leader, Neil Kinnock. In 2016, Donald Trump deployed Nigel Farage as an occasional mascot on the stump, the Brexit victory in that year’s referendum deemed a joyou omen that populists could elude the curious and prevail. In 2020, a third name has surfaced, offered as a cautionary narration to a Democratic defendant that this week proved a septuagenarian radical socialist and longtime backbench rebel as its frontrunner. That refer is Jeremy Corbyn.
” I don’t want the Democratic party of the United Commonwealth to be the Labour party of the United kingdom government ,” James Carville, the victorious administrator of Bill Clinton’s 1992 safarus, told gatherings on cable Tv and in New Hampshire this week, warning that if Democrat choose Bernie Sanders, they will almost certainly be following Corbyn’s Labour party to defeat.
On the US campaign trail, journalists, strategists for contender Democratic candidates, and even the occasional voter cite Corbyn in the case against Sanders, present research results of December’s UK general election as evidence. A week spent in New Hampshire watching the Vermont senator and his foes do battle provisions some answers to the question numerous US Democrats are asking themselves: is Sanders fated to be America’s Corbyn- or are the two men, and their two status, radically different?
Team Sanders is understandably reluctant to encourage the similarity.” I didn’t hear that on the street, I heard it in the bubble ,” Nina Turner, a national co-chair of the Sanders campaign, told the Guardian.” The talking heads and the elites said it to try to dismantle Senator Bernie Sanders, to say,’ Aha, this can’t happen !'” All the same, Turner was keen to add that” both men have a health respect for each other “.
Yet within times of that gossip, the first New Hampshire voter stopped by the Guardian at a polling station in downtown Manchester- retired airline aviator Paul Demars- volunteered, unprompted, that he was voting for Sanders even though” I was anxious about the electability business: it’d be a real bummer if he got Corbyn’d “.