The only question is, how do we beat Donald Trump in the 2018 midterms and how do we beat him again in 2020? The integrity of our democracy rests on our response. When you’re dying of cancer, you don’t care what method kills the cancer. That is the mindset we have to adopt.
It’s time for the economic moderates and incrementalist liberals in our party to concede that the party has to shift farther to the left on economics than it ever has since 1932. The stakes are literally the future of our constitutional government. And it’s time for the social progressives, myself included, to concede that our party has to move back to the middle on immigration as Sen. Obama did in 2008.
Worried about being woke on BLM? Persisting on reproductive and GLBT rights? Jeff Sessions and Neil Gorsuch certainly aren’t. There’s a whole lot more of them coming down the pike if we don’t elect a Democrat. Any Democrat would appoint solid progressive people to those roles.
Worried about worried about climate post-Paris withdrawal? I am positive even fracking loving governors like Hickenlooper and Bullock would appoint actual scientists and policy wonks to EPA, DOE, and DOI and not industry lobbyists. I am positive they would appoint competent people to lead the State Department too and actually and fund it’s operations.
Worried about passing single payer? Warren and Bernie aren’t going to get elected by the truck drivers in WI, PA, OH, or MI. Find an official who looks and talks like this guy who I believe will take out Paul Ryan. Forget 2016 retreads, or 1988 retreads like Biden. Forget blue state darlings like Warren or Harris. Look to progressives with purple state or purple district tract records of success. Sherrod Brown, Al Franken, Steve Bullock, Kirsten Gillibrand*, Amy Kloubuchar, and maybe Tim Ryan are our best bets. All have won congressional districts, counties or states in the past that were carried by Trump this year. Bullock had 20% of his voters split their ticket with Trump. Franken estimates that 12% of his 2014 voters voted for Trump. It’s because they are genuine, authentic, come from and focus on the middle class. These are the folks we need. Not Deval.