On the Sad Progressive Caucus ‘Diplomacy Letter’ Backpedal

Democrats ignore the polling and withdraw a request to maybe-kinda-sorta try a tiny bit of diplomacy

Mitchell Peterson


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Everybody who follows Democratic politics knows that the Progressive Caucus is a bad joke. Sure, there are some good members, but they ask any candidate if they want to join the club and around one hundred members of the House of Representatives bare the label. They’re not held to a standard, don’t vote as a unified block, and can rarely be found at critical times to oppose the Washington consensus.

These days, being a member doesn’t mean anything, and it’s mostly a branding exercise to put in campaign emails or gaslight kind-hearted college kids into volunteering.

And the world recently got a taste of just how spineless and ridiculous the Progressive Caucus really is.

By now, most are familiar with the events of last week. On Monday, October 24th, a letter was sent to President Joe Biden, signed by 30 members of the Progressive Caucus, that very very very gently asked for a ‘proactive diplomatic push.’

That was enough for other Democrats, pundits, and the liberal internet sphere to flip the f*ck out, and the letter was retracted 24 hours later after being blamed on freaking staffers. The caucus said it was drafted in the summer and wasn’t properly vetted before being released to the public.

Has the Twitter world even read the letter?

It is the most tepid thing ever.

The caucus clearly took their time in crafting a set of paragraphs as non-triggering as possible, heaping ridiculous amounts of praise on Biden with phrases like, “We write with appreciation for your commitment…Your administration’s policy was critical…Crucially, you achieved this while…We agree with the administration’s perspective.”

They then went on to add a dose of reality, writing, “The risk of nuclear weapons being used has been estimated to be higher now than at any time since the height of the cold war… Given the destruction created by this war for Ukraine and the world, as well as the risk of catastrophic escalation, we also believe it is in the interest of Ukraine, the United States and



Mitchell Peterson

Freelance writer who spent nine years outside the US, currently in rural America writing the Substack bestseller 18 Uncles.