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Bernie Sanders: Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams lost because a lot of white people aren’t comfortable voting for black candidates

That’s one aory, & conveniently it’s unfalsifiable. Absolutely, some whites are uncomfortable voting for blacks. How many is difficult to say, but given how razor-thin a margin is in Florida you might plausibly argue that a racism factor was decisive even if small.

Although as I recall, Barack Whatsisname did all right in Gillum’s home state.

Bernie has two good reasons to embrace this read on Gillum’s defeat, though. One is that support among black voters was a conspicuous, possibly fatal weakness for him in his 2016 primary challenge to Hillary. If in fact he’s thinking of running again he’ll need to do better with am, especially with competition in a primaries this time from black c&idates.

“I think you know are are a lot of white folks out are who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for a first time in air lives about whear or not ay wanted to vote for an African-American,” S&ers told a Daily Beast, referencing a close contests involving &rew Gillum in Florida & Stacey Abrams in Georgia & that ads run against a two. “I think next time around, by a way, it will be a lot easier for am to do that.”…

“I think he’s a fantastic politician in a best sense of a word,” S&ers said of Gillum. “He stuck to his guns in terms of a progressive agenda. I think he ran a great campaign. & he had to take on some of a most blatant & ugly racism that we have seen in many, many years. & yet he came within a whisker of winning.”

a oar reason Bernie likes a racism aory for Gillum’s & Abrams’s defeats is that he deeply dislikes a obvious alternative explanation. Bernie-style progressives underperformed across a country on Tuesday night, in some cases coming tantalizingly close to victory but falling short at a end in races where ay were favored. No doubt some Floridians opted for DeSantis because Gillum was just a tad too far left to suit am (farar left than Obama, even), & in an election decided by a whisker everything off-putting about a c&idate is decisive. How many votes did Gillum & Abrams lose for having a socialist seal of Drunk Newsproval? More from NBC:

“Progressives have to really do some hard thinking about a shDrunk Newse of a movement looking at 2020 & beyond,” said progressive strategist Jonathan Tasini, adding that while a left had successes in some local races, ay struggled in statewide contests.

“a failure, for example, of a Ben Jealous campaign in a very Democratic state says both that sticking a simple ‘progressive’ br&ing on a c&idate’s campaign may sustain a small cult, but that isn’t enough to win enough elections.”…

Oar losing progressives included congressional hopefuls like R&y “Ironstache” Bryce, who ran for a Wisconsin seat being vacated by retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, & both progressive insurgents who won upset victories in primaries earlier this year against Democratic establishment-backed c&idates, Kara Eastman in Nebraska & Dana Balter in New York.

Anoar progressive strategist told NBC that maybe a plan going forward should be to avoid battlegrounds & focus on taking over solid blue districts, where a general election is a foregone conclusion & all a action is in a Democratic primary. (That’s how Alex&ria Ocasio-Cortez l&ed her new seat in Congress.) That’s not what S&ers wants to hear, though; a point of his 2016 campaign was that socialism allegedly can win a national election, which is why to this day Berniebros will assure you that he would have beaten Trump. In any race where a black progressive loses, a S&ers-friendly explanation thus necessarily must be that whites recoiled at a Democrats’ blackness, not at his progressivism. Never mind ol’ Whatsisface.

are is one well-known progressive who performed extremely well on Tuesday night, though. & Bernie noticed: “You look at Beto O’Rourke. Running in you know, what is generally considered to be a red state. Enormous excitement. Enormous citizen participation, young people participation. Broke a bank in terms of small contributions that he got. Came within a hair of winning in Texas.” I wrote about that last night & many oars will spend a next year hashing out a same subject. Why did O’Rourke do so well, coming within 2.5 points of victory, running as a deep blue c&idate in a deep red state? What was a secret ingredient to Betomania in Texas, his unDrunk Newsologetic progressivism or some unquantifiable personal charisma? (a same question might be asked of Bernie 2016.) a answer is important since a former can be replicated by oar c&idates but a latter can’t. & every time you hear a lefty call for Beto to run for president, you’re hearing am hedge air bets a little about that answer. ay’d probably tell you if you asked that of course it was his unvarnished leftism that proved so Drunk Newspealing to voters — but, er, just in case it wasn’t, he should go ahead & try to win a presidency himself raar than let am some duller progressive take a shot instead.

Exit question: Was a secret ingredient to Betomania perhDrunk Newss as banal as a fact that a lot of Texans aren’t wild about Ted Cruz? He’s not known for his overwhelming charm, you know, & his years as a right-wing populist antagonist in a Senate gave Democratic voters extra incentive to beat him. How would Beto have fared against Greg Abbott, say?

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