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Divided Democrats Risk Midterm Defeat

Divided Democrats Risk Midterm Defeat

Sonali Kolhatkar

A newly leaked email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) from last October revealed that in the wake of a horrific mass shooting the liberal party was urging members to sound like their conservative counterparts. “There will be time for politics and policy discussion, but any message today should be on offering thoughts/prayers for victims,” wrote Evan Lukaske, a member of the DCCC press staff, the day after the horrific Las Vegas massacre on Oct.

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The issue is always the same. Party activists are always more extreme than the party as a whole, and the party, as a whole is more extreme than the electorate. This holds true for both Democrats and Republicans. It always comes back to the equation of how far down the spectrum can the activists move the party before they risk losing sufficient voter support to lose the election.

Although it is not popular, incrementalism is what moves the populace. The masses don’t like revolution, it disturbs their routine.

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Well-put Dan_Harris! I’m with you.


Actually, when faced with a crisis, Americans are open to what could called revolutionary changes.

When Obama had a crisis to exploit, he showed the true colors of his party: Tax cuts, RomneyCare, bankster bail outs, trying to appease Republicans even as they openly admitted to wanting to destroy him.

But don’t worry, another crisis is right around the corner. That’ll be another opportunity for the Rs to privatize something.


Corporate Democrats’ “radical colleagues” ?

I guess that characterization is accurate within the context of a George Orwell quote: “In an era of universal deceit, telling the truth is a radical act” .


Gee, it’s nearly time for Lrx and KC2669 to clock in and “lesson us up” about why the Corporate Dems are the bestest.


Pretty good analysis. We will see in the upcoming election as the Republicans have now gone along with white supremacy and authoritarianism and are gutting social programs and environmental regulations. Have they gone too far politically or does the country really want fascism with a dictatorship. Is an American version of Nazi Germany along with air not fit to breathe and water not fit do drink what the American voters want?

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Anyone calling the Democrats Republican-lite must not be following politics. That Republican Party has now been replaced by Trump’s Republican Party. The Democrats have nothing at all in common with this party of white Christian right wing extremists. The Republicans have pretty much entered John Birch Society territory and seem to be much closer to the white supremacists of the alt-right than the Democrats. Maybe it is time to update the progressive rhetoric as it seems to refer to a time before Donald Trump descended down that escalator in Trump Tower and declared he was a candidate for president. It is no longer 2014. It is 2018 and the facts on the ground have changed.

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Wow. Three minutes’ alert. Well-played, sir.


Your “incrementalism” gave us Hillary Clinton, a compromised, corrupted, warmongering candidate with a smarmy personality whom Americans rejected in favor of the vapid egomaniac Donnie Trump. Try BELIEVING in something, not just playing the game and pounding in the lawn signs.


Will someone please tell this author that the Democrats are no longer a “liberal” party.


Dan the Man who tells it like it is.

Dan, you need to team up with Tom Steyer, and put your words here about enslavement to the Duopoly into one of his commercials, and run it 24/7 for the Zombies to see.


Amen to that Bro!


Much of what FDR accomplished was done in a reaction to the very real threat of Socialism. If we want progress for the majority of We the People, we need to get seriously cozy with socialist ideas, and we need to make them appealing to the majority of voters.

Incrementalism.Will. Not. Work.


The fact remains that the Democratic Party only pays lip service to its rhetoric. There is no real commitment to making progressive change. They continually move to the right, chasing after the Republicans who have sprinted to the right, apparently believing that you have to continue to be in the “center” of a spectrum that is wildly distorted to the right. This is not a basis for public policy. It’s simply the sound-bite approach to politics.

There is no mention from the Democratic Party leadership, for example, of an aggressive gun control policy, such as outlawing the sale and possession of weapons of war, such as the AR-15 – yes, we should go after those guns. There is no aggressive policy solution for climate change, such as a carbon tax, except in the occasional passing reference – there is certainly nothing approaching the (to borrow from Richard Clarke) hair on fire response that climate change cries out for. There is no leadership on single payer healthcare – instead we get these watered down bullshit proposals that leave the insurance and pharmaceutical industries in control. I could go on, but the point is made.

Instead, what we get are watered down mamby-pamby bullshit proposals that reflect the cowardice of the Democratic Party leaders. They simply don’t have the spine to strike out on a truly progressive framework.

The centrist incrementalism espoused by some here is simply a failure to recognize that the American people do not, in fact, want incrementalism. They recognize it as foil for describing all the things we can’t do, rather than things we need to do. This was Hillary’s biggest flaw – a lack of vision and a lack of courage. Bernie’'s success showed that Americans embrace strong progressive policies – the problem is they can’t seem to get anyone to vote for that will pursue those policies. Guess what causes that problem? It’s our entrenched political establishment. The Republicans are guilty of greed, malfeasance and bullying. The Democrats are guilty of a lack of vision and political cowardice.


You are right about the “largest of all elephants” statement, and there lies the problem. History shows us what can and probably will happen the next time, when this elephant is trotted out. All candidates know this. Are they turning a blind eye or are they protecting their lives? Any politician knows this would paint a bull’s eye on their backs. This is not an accident, and one of benefits of the perpetrators of this terrible act. It’s been used to blackmail ever since.

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Yes. I’m reminded of one of my all-time favorite bumper stickers: “If the people lead, eventually the leaders will follow.”


Let us all lead the way to educating America that the word, “Democrat” is the same as the word, “Republican.”

One, proudly wears Wolves clothing, and the other, hides their true identity, by wearing Sheep’s clothing.


Most of the positions that the “progressive” wing of the Left espouses - Medicare for all/single payer; raising the minimum wage; serious gun regulations; allowing Medicare/Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices; free college tuition; higher taxes on the rich/corporation; etc. - are NOT “radical” ideas. In fact, every poll has consistently shown that a majority (and by large margins on many issues) of Americans support them.

Screw incrementalism. We’re incrementally regressing, not progressing. It’s time for some boldness, and the establishment has none. In fact, the only boldness is on the right, who are getting more and more fearless in the advancement of their radical uber-right-wing neo-liberal agenda. I don’t see a similar fearlessness on the left by any measure. Just the same old same old triangulating BS and capitulation.

The only incrementalism that is occurring is to the right.


Swish. On. The. Money.