It’s Not About Moving to the Left. It’s About Solving Problems and Winning Elections.

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by David Atkins July 23, 2018

This week has seen a bonanza of concern trolling by centrist factions against the energy and activism coming from the left. The shocking election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th district was followed by the California Democratic Party’s endorsement of progressive challenger Kevin De Leon over longtime incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein. These two events have precipitated a frightened backlash among editorial boards, corporate think tanks like Third Way, and even public figures like James Comey and William Saletan who believe that the movement toward a bolder progressive agenda is bad for the country, heralding doom for Democrats in the midterms and in red districts.

The argument goes that if Democrats move too far to the left, then they won’t hold onto “the center” which presumably contains the majority of Americans. But this worldview stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of the electorate, particularly the few remaining persuadable voters in it. It also represents a failure to grasp the reality of the movement, which is not so much about right and left, as it is about solving problems that the centrists in both parties have studiously ignored or avoided.

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Solving those and many other urgent problems isn’t about left and right. It’s simply about right and wrong. When California state senate leader Kevin De Leon argues that Democrats need a senator they can count on to vote against the next immoral war, against increased investment in fossil fuels, against the next tax cuts for the rich, and for policies like Medicare for All, ending student debt and a guaranteed jobs program, that’s not about pushing the party to the left. It’s about solving real and immediate problems, and proving both to disaffected independents and to young people that the Democratic Party will actually solve the problems they care about. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes her pitch, it’s about proving that the Democratic Party will put the priorities of bartenders and real people who create value in the economy ahead of those of predatory hedge fund managers and insurance executives.

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/07/23/its-not-about-moving-to-the-left-its-about-solving-problems-and-winning-elections/
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We, as a country have big problems to solve. Electing people who wont upset the apple cart is not the way to go.
 
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I read yesterday where Third way held a closed door meeting last weekend. I think, a big issue is the campaign financing issue. Many dont want corporations funding candidates. Its the source of a lot of contention. As I said on the other thread, people are in a populist anti establishment mood and want self financing candidates or ones that can raise money from individuals.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/22/terrified-progressive-enthusiasm-sweeping-nation-corporate-democrats-have-begun
 
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Yet the Democrats are increasingly moving to the Left at break neck speed.

To the point of electing an all out Socialist and making her the new darling of the party.

This will not help the Democrats win elections.
 
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Yet the Democrats are increasingly moving to the Left at break neck speed.

To the point of electing an all out Socialist and making her the new darling of the party.

This will not help the Democrats win elections.
Yeah, "Abolish ICE" and "Oppose Trump" seem to be their main platforms.

I'm not sure that's gonna work as well as they think...
 
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I read yesterday where Third way held a closed door meeting last weekend. I think, a big issue is the campaign financing issue. Many dont want corporations funding candidates. Its the source of a lot of contention. As I said on the other thread, people are in a populist anti establishment mood and want self financing candidates or ones that can raise money from individuals.

Third way Democrats preparing to challenge the left for factional control
Good. Beto O'Rouke is getting tons of funding from the people in Texas.

Democrats need to move away from this notion that big money funders are our concern.

This is just another tool to silence Democrats. Let big money donors go fund their own puppets. They have too many inside the Democrat party already.
 
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Yet the Democrats are increasingly moving to the Left at break neck speed.

To the point of electing an all out Socialist and making her the new darling of the party.

This will not help the Democrats win elections.
Yeah, "Abolish ICE" and "Oppose Trump" seem to be their main platforms.

I'm not sure that's gonna work as well as they think...



Democrats need to recognize were all these concerns for the party are coming from...
 
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Good. Beto O'Rouke is getting tons of funding from the people in Texas.

Democrats need to move away from this notion that big money funders are our concern.

This is just another tool to silence Democrats. Let big money donors go fund their own puppets. They have too many inside the Democrat party already.
I think thats the real divide here for the left. Republicans dont care if their politicians get money from corporate America, but democrats do. I think that was part of the reason some dems didnt get as strongly behind Hillary as they did Obama. He raised a lot of money from individuals whereas almost all her support came from corporations and wealthy donors. It upset some. Now they see Ocasio Cortez and a few others who are out knocking doors and getting small donations, not going to lavish parties with millionaires. Its like it always used to be.
 
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That's exactly right. It's not about left or right. It's about what works and what doesn't work. What has happened over the past 3 decades or so is that we've been implementing supply side economics and at the same time the Democrats have been implementing policies to mitigate the worst effects of that which means we've had less and less revenue and more and more people in need of the policies the Democrats implemented. Add to that, the deregulation of the financial industry and the ruling that money is speech which has led to our elected officials being purchased by big business and big money - some of which the Democrats went along with in their march to the center right - and that's why we're where we are economically. We have an economy that only works for a minority of people and it's getting worse. This is unsustainable. Democrats simply need to point out that the Republicans policies and ideas have led us to this point and if you don't like where we are then vote for Democrats.
 
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