Broadcast 6/4/2018 at 10:09 PM EDT (19 Listens, 7 Downloads, 2454 Itunes)
The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show Podcast
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Rough prep and interview notes:
Jeff Weaver was Bernie Sanders campaign manager and has long been an advisor to Bernie. He is now senior political advisor to Bernie sanders and author of the book, How Bernie Won; Inside the Revolution that's taking back our country--and where we go from here.
What's your goal for this book?
How did Bernie win?
You say that Bernie doesn't like to go negative. What are the implications of that position?
Tell us about your early history with Bernie and what you learned about him and from him.
Implications for the Democratic party and Democratic party consultants
What can candidates running now take, as lessons, from the campaign you ran for Bernie?
What are the key positions, issues, personal characteristics that candidates, in attempting to tap the Bernie "zeitgeist," embrace?
What are the special challenges that 2018 candidates, not being Bernie, face?
So far Bernie has not committed to running yet. I know you want him to.
How do you respond to die-hard Hillary supporters?
How will the DNC handle him?
Talk about Our Revolution.
I know what can come out of an unsuccessful campaign.
Talk about open primaries
Talk about Bernie being an Independent instead of a Democrat
Clinton campaign cheating--in debates, in NY and AZ with voter registrations"
Open primaries--you say that crossover voting doesn't really occur.
Anti-democratic "draconian" NY Dem party policies like six month advance required to change registration
Jeff Bezos WaPo
Who were the worst Clinton/Dem establishment media shills--Capehart, Cilizza
Joy Reid? Maddow? Most of MSNBC"
Who were the best media people?
Ryan Grim, Juan Gonzales, Dean Baker".
"Democratic party and its candidates is failing to connect with voters in huge swaths of the country and many communities"
You cite politico's Kenneth Vogel, who says, Koch brothers" operate a network of organizations that has "an infrastructure that rival(s) that of the Republican National Committee."
And you say the Koch brothers understand what the DNC used to understand--that you have to be on the ground year in and year out to be successful electorally.
Dem party can no longer just be a fund-raising vehicle for presidential aspirants. It must invest in building permanent grassroots infrastructure. " that infrastructure needs to be everywhere.
The Dem party has lost the trust of tens of millions of voters in large swaths of the country.
Adherence to a neoliberal agenda is killing the democratic party.
If the Dem party were a meritocracy, how many of the adherents of its current political fortunes would still be gainfully employwed in the field of politics?
What's the agenda the Dem party must embrace?
When we strive to achieve common aspirations--what Bernie calls "an economy and government that works for all of us
Reassembling the shattered grand democratic coalition is the only alternative.
Democrats have to demonstrate what they are for, not just what they are against.
The run for the 2020 nomination has already begun
Already highly organized online operations reminiscint of the Brock Trolling program whose mission it is to attch Bernie and his supporters.
Bernie is most popular with voters of color--proof of the lie that progressive change only appeals to rabid white, male hipster Bernibros.
To hold onto power, Dem elites must Drive wedges.
You say, "The titanic may be going down, but as long as the establishment have the first-class cabins, everything's okay.
Common aspirations must be a commitment of any candidate
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