Does the Left Need its own Tea Party?
I ask this because it is clear that in spite of the rhetoric of the President at his inaugural and his State of the Union, we are still poised to witness a Democratic President, overwhelmingly re-elected with a sizable Senate majority make massive and unnecessary cuts to Social Security for the sake of an elusive and possibly fantastical compromise with the Republicans. Who have shown over and over again that they will not pass anything that this President supports. What is a good progressive to do? Should we continue to hold our noses and elect centrists who are to the left on social issues? Or can we start pressing hard for the key economic issues that need to be addressed? As a friend pointed out yesterday on a phone call, do we have to wait for the Republicans to stop acting like they won for the Democrats to stop acting like they lost?
This article makes it clear that unless the left starts holding the Democrats electorally accountable our voices will continue to be taken for granted.
The party’s leaders have plenty of reason to think they have the loyalty of their activist base in their pocket.
Judging by their behavior, that is exactly what they think—and it’s not irrational. If you assume their demographic advantage and that Republicans will remain deeply fractured by their lunatic fringe for some time, Democrats do not actually have to deliver on their promise to reignite middle-class living standards. They can win national elections just by being the socially liberal and economically conservative option.