Cable news programming is monomaniacally focused on Russia. But, to Bergmann’s great lament, no prominent Democrats outside of members of the House intelligence committee actually go on those shows to discuss the topic. Instead, the party has emphasized a non-Russia-centric policy platform everywhere else: from at home in their districts to the CAP event on Tuesday, where a rotating belt of potential 2020 presidential candidates took their turn on the stage talking about, well, anything else.
There was Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaking about economic injustice and poverty; Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) lamenting the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) warning of oligarchy and wealth disparities; Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) applauding states for leading the way on climate change; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) imagining a world in which the financial collapse never happened because Lehman Brothers was Lehman Sisters; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) revealing that she’d be investing $175,000 in organizations working to elect Democrats in state legislatures.