Nina Turner and Paul Jay discuss the significance of Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama and what this means for future of Democratic Party
Voting polls close at 7pm in the IL state primary this evening. There appears to be a lot of progressive and centrist energy as there is a governor’s race at stake, and 5 Dems are vying to be on the top of the ticket. The three leading contenders are JB Pritzker, a Clinton Democrat and legacy of Hyatt Hotels family, Chris Kennedy, son of RFK, and Daniel Biss, a Northwestern math professor and Our Revolution endorsee. Update: the AP has called the governor’s race for JB Pritzker. In IL-03, Marie Newman is fighting to knock off the incumbent, Dan Lipinski, … Continue reading →
Since last Thursday, we’ve been posting many articles about Donna Brazile’s excerpt in Politico, which essentially became confirmation of the scales being tilted towards Clinton in the 2016. Our outrage was justified and vindicated in many respects. The Clinton campaign continues to double down using the river of Egypt, instead deflecting by saying Brazile has gone by the Russian wayside. Matt Taibbi from Rolling Stone penned a insightful article about why the Brazile excerpt in Politico and her book may be relevant today. He revisits a theme about the complicity of the Establishment media for the Clintons, in which anyone … Continue reading →
It was brought to my attention this morning that a certain ex-Presidential candidate will be just a few miles away from me tomorrow. Connecticut braces for Clinton-mania, madness When Hillary Clinton set out to break barriers, doorbusters wasn’t part of that plan. As if it was Black Friday, Clinton’s upcoming book-signing Saturday at Costco in Brookfield is being met with hype and hand-wringing in a town that hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. To say that I became annoyed may be a tad understated. The last time that she was in my area, as far … Continue reading →
Happy Monday friends! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend! I was on a self imposed media-blackout so have no clue what’s really happened other than what I’ve read on the weekend open thread here, so will slowly add what I’m catching up on in the comments.
Starting things off with the always fantastic Nina Turner:
The Democratic Party Must Finally Abandon Centrism by John Nichols @ The Nation
It is easy to dismiss the “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour that this week will take Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez to eight cities in eight states this week as mere political theater. But this tour has the potential to finally begin redefining a Democratic Party that is still struggling with its identity after the disastrous 2014 and 2016 election cycles. That’s a big deal, not just for a party that lacks focus but for an American political process that will alter dramatically—for better or for worse—in the months and years to come.
Political parties change identities over time, as anyone who has watched the sorry trajectory of the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower can certainly attest. Sometimes, parties evolve. Sometimes, parties respond to moral and political demands that can no longer be denied. That was certainly the case for Democrats in the late 1940s and ’50s, when wise members of the party began to recognize the necessity of a clean break with the Southern segregationists who had historically been central figures in the Democratic coalition.
Though many Democrats still do not fully recognize the fact, their party is again at a moment where it must change.
The party of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman began veering in the 1970s toward more centrist economic approaches. By the 1990s, it was swamped by so-called “Third Way” thinking that embraced free-trade fabulism, deregulation of banking and Wall Street, and the cruel lie that there can be some sort of “win-win” compromise between crony capitalism and the common good. It was never true that all Democrats favored centrist economics, but too many leaders constrained the party’s identity with a perceived need to keep on the right side of Wall Street.
The party does need to change. It must become dramatically more militant on economic issues. Democrats cannot simply say “no” to Donald Trump; they must provide a clear and coherent progressive populist alternative to the “billionaire populism” of a president who never was—and never will be—committed to advancing the interests of workers, farmers, small business owners, students, and retirees.
Democrats must also provide a clear and coherent alternative to the “Third Way” politics that weakens the message, and the appeal, of their party. The era of the so-called “New Democrats” and the old DLC (officially the Democratic Leadership Council but, in reality, as Jesse Jackson explained, “Democrats for the Leisure Class”) must be finished—once and for all.
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I am posting this for discussions sake (I borrowed @nomandates flame-retardant suit) and think the likelihood of such a scenario are about as slim as can possibly get but like I’ve said time and time again, I love a good discussion and hearing all your points of view. Plus I see a good deal of benefit to ‘Progressives’ in having the Green Party reach the thresholds for federal funding and debate participation. Green party’s Jill Stein invites Bernie Sanders to take over ticket Bernie Sanders has been invited to continue his underdog bid for the White House by the Green party’s probable … Continue reading →
Bernie Sanders had an excellent op-ed in the New York Times this morning. Here’s part of it: The global economy is not working for the majority of people in our country and the world. This is an economic model developed by the economic elite to benefit the economic elite. We need real change. But we do not need change based on the demagogy, bigotry and anti-immigrant sentiment that punctuated so much of the Leave campaign’s rhetoric — and is central to Donald J. Trump’s message. snip The notion that Donald Trump could benefit from the same forces that gave the Leave proponents … Continue reading →