I’ll keep this short.
Can we, as Democrats, resolve not to bash other Democrats?
I’m not talking about a Democratic version of the famous 11th Commandment Republicans adopted during the Reagan era. Of course we should criticize people when they’re wrong. But, for example, Joe Manchin. Manchin has been a source of frustration for left-leaning Democrats for years. He has defenders, though, including me, because he holds his seat in West Virginia. A couple of weeks ago, Manchin went out of his way to bash AOC.
I know AOC isn’t perfect. After a couple of weeks of gratuitous attacks on her, she over-retaliated against some people (I forget who). Generally she’s been judicious (and notably, really good) at responding. I can’t remember who she went after, but it was too much.
After the election, a puzzling debate ensued over, among other things, “Defund the Police.” Many people said that the slogan hurt Democrats in the election. There are about a million things wrong with this, but a) We don’t get to pick the slogans for protest movements, and b)
WE WON THE ELECTION!
I get it, it’s a weird year. Donald Trump’s votes went UP in every demographic EXCEPT white men. (No I don’t have a source on this; I heard it from a reliable friend who had a good source.)
But we won. Yes we lost seats in the House, but we gained at least one seat in the Senate, and took the presidency back. Cheer up!
The last straw, for me, was this tidbit from yesterday.
“The Lincoln Project raised $4.8 million between November 24th and December 16th hyping the Georgia Senate runoff elections. Since then, it has spent $1.1 million on independent expenditures in those races and paid Steve Schmidt $1.5 million.
I know we’re all supposed to be happy that Steve Schmidt (John McCain’s David Axelrod, more or less) is a Democrat now, and I am I guess, but there is NO evidence that the Lincoln Project changed a single vote. Yes, they made great ads, and I’m a firm believer in occasionally preaching to the converted (witness this post). But let’s not overrate their contribution, and if you’d rather work with Schmidt than AOC, please reconsider. Big tent and all that.
Happy new year everyone! Raise the glass of your choice and hug your friends (socially distantly). We’ve got a lot to do, let’s do it together.