The Pointless Beltway Debate on Whether Dems Should ‘Move Left’
Peter Daou nails it:
Few things are more pointless than pundits debating whether Dems should "move left." We are so far past these useless distinctions.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) February 24, 2017
Honestly, it’s not about a battle between the Left and the Center where the Left wants total war with Trump and the Center wants to break bread with him. I consider myself Center Left-I’m a proud Hillary Clinton Democrat-and, I believe we must engage in relentless and total resistance and war with Donald Trump and Paul Ryan.
Indeed, sometimes it’s been those on the Left who are less interested in fighting Trump and Paul Ryan than Hillary Clinton and David Brock.
What matters now is not whether you’re Center or Left but whether you intend to bring the fight to Donald Trump every way you can.
And the media still doesn’t get it. They tend to speak about the rise of the #Resistance as some worrisome thing for the Democratic party.
So long as the party listens to its voters it’s very much a feature not a bug. And I do believe they’re listening.
“Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather in two cities this weekend to plot strategy and select a new national chairman with the daunting task of rebuilding the party’s depleted organization. But senior Democratic officials concede that the blueprint has already been chosen for them — by an incensed army of liberals demanding no less than total war against President Trump.”
“Immediately after the November election, Democrats were divided over how to handle Mr. Trump, with one camp favoring all-out confrontation and another backing a seemingly less risky approach of coaxing him to the center with offers of compromise.”
“Now, spurred by explosive protests and a torrent of angry phone calls and emails from constituents — and outraged themselves by Mr. Trump’s swift moves to enact a hard-line agenda — Democrats have all but cast aside any notion of conciliation with the White House. Instead, they are mimicking the Republican approach of the last eight years — the “party of no” — and wagering that brash obstruction will pay similar dividends.”
As Paul Waldman noted yesterday, it’s a very good thing for the party, so long as the Dems don’t blow it.
The next Democratic Party chair is being given an army. Will he know how to use it?
“Of course, it’s possible that all that energy will fizzle out, and one of the DNC chair’s most critical tasks will be to make sure it doesn’t, by finding ways to keep those newly energized activists engaged and motivated. But the most encouraging thing from the party’s perspective is that while the resistance to Trump and the Republican Congress is manifesting itself in protests and town hall meetings — organized independently and on short notice, with the help of new groups that are cropping up — there also appear to be large numbers of people who see the Democratic Party as one of the essential vehicles for their activism.”
“And that’s as it should be. As vital as that outside organizing is, if it’s going to maximize its impact it needs an electoral component. If your goal is stopping the GOP from doing too much damage, there aren’t too many better ways to do it than voting them out of office, both on the state level and in Congress. While there are certainly some liberals who think the Democratic Party is hopelessly corrupt and the only true path to change lies outside it, right now there seems to be no shortage of people who want to use the party to fight Trump.”
The #Resistance is in many ways has the Spirit of Hillary Clinton. I mean time and again when you talk to the protesters they say: This is my first protest. Or I’ve never protested before.
That’s the Spirit of Hillary Clinton. Clinton voters believe in electoral politics and ‘working within the system.’
Some of the Berner types like Susan Sarandon and Ryan Cooper try to suggest the #Resistance is Bernie inspired. David Weigel once tweeted something like that. No. A big problem with Berners is they limit the circle. Because they have a checklist of the positions that a True Progressive is supposed to take.
If you deviate on anything, then you’re not a True Progressive. This is the opposite of the tendency of the #Resistance where anyone can join if they oppose Trump, love their country, and don’t want to see Paul Ryan take their healthcare.
It’s a much wider net. For instance, Ryan Cooper tells us that Tom Perez is the Devil-or at least represents her.
Here Cooper warns the Democrats on working with Wall St.
In the DNC chairman race, I think South Carolina’s Jamie Harrison made one of the best observations: the Democrats can’t afford to be turning down campaign donations now because they’re ‘corporate.’
It makes no sense to have a smaller circle with Trump such a huge lightning rod. If someone is outraged over Trump but doesn’t support a fracking ban or a $15 MW that means we don’t want their help?
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