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Democrats Just Don’t Need This Right Now! BS!

From the WaPo:

At a minimum, the unfolding controversy among Democrats is a distraction they don’t need right now. But it could reflect deeper differences inside a party that can’t shake off 2016 and is still searching for a comeback strategy that goes beyond being anti-Trump.

Actually it is exactly what they need right now and should have happened a lot sooner. They establishment Democrats nixed the idea of looking back, kind of like Barrack did with torture and now it is raising its ugly head again.  In a Washington Post-ABC news poll last summer, “it asked whether people thought the Democratic Party stands for something or just stands against Trump, and people chose the latter by a 52-to-37 margin. So that is a majority of registered voters who think the opposition party isn’t defined by anything except opposition — that the Democratic Party has no real message.” And the Democrats are whining about just holding hands and fighting Trump?

In the article starting this blog, the writers cited a new study that looked at who actually came out to vote. And in that it is insightful, but once again misses the big point, root cause, why did blacks, white educated voters, the young, stay away from the polls? Understanding who did and did not vote is of course important, but the why is the real problem. While understanding voter profiles is important to understand who to profile, it is worthless if you do not know what do you pitch to them? Think about it. Hillary should have been the perfect candidate, if the establishment Democrats were on the right track, and Donald Trump beat her? Forget about Russians and Comey because they just entered an arena where the table was already set for failure and took advantage of it. And don’t blame Hillary. There was a revolt in the country and establishment Democrats and Republicans were clueless.

So this argument about what happened is really important. Democrats are placing all their bets on Mueller and then they can just return to business as usual and this is a recipe for failure. Presiden Ryan will just continue wrecking the country with no organized Democrat push back. When more than half of registered voters don’t think you stand for anything (part of the problem), and independents are growing, you have even a bigger problem. And what is missing is the fight for who we are. Wait you say! Trump (DFF*) is a threat to democracy and America as we know it and we have to put our petty squabbling aside to defeat him! Defeat him with what? Who are we and how do we mobilize voters to support us? Until we have this fight, we actually enable the DFF.

Now my biases are quite clear if you are a reader of this blog. But my biases are not formed by ideology, but by what has failed and what works, with those conclusions arrived at through facts, science, and data. More importantly, my ideas can change as those facts, science, and data change. I would be all for tax cuts for the wealthy if they in fact did raise all boats.  But it doesn’t. Conservatives have a failed ideology. Going slow sometimes is good, but not when you are about to be run down by a speeding truck called denial. Global warming anyone? Progressive solutions are not perfect and there will be unintended consequences that will have to be dealt with.

Look at Obamacare. Not my choice (Medicare for everyone phased in appropriately), but when it had problems they could not be fixed because conservatives needed it to fail to satisfy their ideology, and all they had to offer was return to the old failed system. Democrats could not win elections so they are stuck while the majority of Americans now support Obamacare. It is a step on the way to universal healthcare as a right, which conservatives deny. My point is to show that there is rot in the Democratic Party that makes them ineffectual and until we face that rot and deal with it we can not grow.

What I find interesting in all these media stories about not looking back at the election and the dissension in the Democratic Party is the failure to even mention the Progressive autopsy (Autopsy:  The Democratic Party in Crisis) that nailed it. It must be too left-wing. Yet if you read it (it is only 32 pages and large type, or you can just read the Executive Summary), it is based on facts and data and it nails the why. Here is the short version: There is a sense among the 99% that the economy is rigged against them and they see Democrats as co-opted by the present system, corporations and Wall Street. They don’t fight the hard battles that represent working America against corporations and Wall Street. And that crosses all color lines, even rural America.  You can’t even get the party to say they favor universal healthcare or Medicare for everyone because they might offend some conservative leaning Democrats.  Conservative leaning districts are not ready for it so you don’t try to convince them it is the only way to solve our healthcare problem?

So that is what is wrong with the Democrats and the Autopsy offers some ways forward. But we are not discussing it, and every discussion about the dissension ignores it. Let’s just move on. Ever been in a marriage where you keep sweeping the big stuff under the rug. There is going to be an explosion and the longer you wait the bigger the explosion. After you read it, you say, yeah, we need to discuss this.  But we don’t because the establishment does not want to do that.  It would end them.  So what needs to be done.

Well, our work has been done for us if you take two documents, the Autopsy and the Roosevelt Institute’s Rewrite the Rules  which gives an in-depth look at how we change the rules of capitalism in this country to work for all of use. I will give you the short version after you buy into the idea the system is rigged for the wealthy.  Democrats have to decide to stand for something and quit calling our goals pie-in the sky.  The country is becoming more liberal and especially Democrats.  Embrace it. It is not about being more liberal, it is about solutions that work for all of us. Okay here is the To-Do list:

  1. Shake up party leadership, whether it is Pelosi, Schumer, or the DNC.  They have worked hard, but they are representative of the establishment and are never going to be believable leaders. They are associated with the failure of the Democrat Party and the massive losses over the last 10 years.  They need to be moved to the background. Remember “A Better Deal”.  It fell like a thud, not that it did not have some good ideas, but nobody believes this bunch really believe in it.
  2. Get rid of Political Party Pundits that show up to discuss politics on TV and get some real Progressives.  What you get is the old establishment clueless about our future.  Ed Rendell comes to mind as one example.
  3. The Democratic Party needs to come out with a New New Deal.  Roosevelt had it right and Rewrite the Rules lays out the data and changes that have to be made in our economic rules on trade, tax policy, intellectual property, etc.
  4. Here are some policies that they should fully embrace and warn those who can’t support these, will not be receiving Democratic Party Support
    1. A Woman’s Choice is not negotiable.  If you think government can make decision for women, you don’t belong in the Democratic Party.
    2. Equal Pay for Equal Work.  Again women in bondage and it is not to be tolerated in the Democratic Party.
    3. A Livable Minimum Wage.  This is not hard.  It may not be $15/hour in Mississippi, but it is probably more than that in San Francisco.  So the party should stand up for a base livable wage, and a COLA to adjust across the country.  No this is not complicated.  Federal workers already have this.
    4. Universal Healthcare.  Probably the easiest way to get there is to do a phase implementation of Medicare for everyone which would cause the least disruption to our private health insurance industry.  But there are other solutions and we can debate them, but one way or another, the government is going to fund universal healthcare through taxes.  Not negotiable.
    5. Global Warming and Infrastructure improvements.  Again fuck you coal states.  You are killing us.  Global warming is here and coal is such a small part of the economy it is a joke. The Democratic Party should be for the future.  That does not mean we won’t debate transition programs, make sure those impacted get help, but we need to take effective action now.  Infrastructure is part of this and will create jobs.  If you have not figured it out, our infrastructure needs to be hardened and improved, NOW.
    6. Free College Tuition.  Many countries do this so we can too, and the education of everyone is in our best interests.  We can debate how we get there, but the first thing we need to do is wipe out all student debt. If you take a deep look at the student loan program, we are robbing our children to subsidize our treasury and tax cuts.
    7. Strengthing and making Social Security a retirement system for all Americans based upon what they pay in.  Democrats should stand for financial security in retirement not dependent on the stock market.
    8. Immigration is the life blood of our economy.  Quit pandering to secure the borders and note they are already as secure as they are ever going to be, recognize the boon to our economy by immigrants from all economic and education levels and simplify the law to let people come and go as the work dictates.  Make sure that we do not allow corporations to use these immigrants to lower wages or get rid of senior more high costing people.
    9. There is systemic racism across our policing system and Democrats will not tolerate it.  Craft legislation to ensure that funds training and allows the Justice Department to act when local and state agencies don’t.
    10. Religious Freedom.  Make it clear that our Founders wanted religious concerns out of our government.  Religion will never be allowed to be used as a tool for discrimination.  American citizens have the right to believe what they want, but cannot use the force of government to force that on others.  In all levels of government, the Democratic Party stand s for the freedom from religion.
    11. Finally a real tax reform.  That doesn’t mean lower taxes, it means fairer taxes.  Tax reform will be recognized as a long-term process, but we need guidelines about fairness that drives this reform.  Reinventing the rules lays out the details.
    12. Stand for small businesses over corporations.  This would be especially effective in rural farming states where corporation farming is eating them alive.
    13. Finally, not Big Government, but Smart Government.  An across the board review of rules and regulations that looks at what works and what does not and simplifying many of them.

Okay that is my list.  This would be a party that takes on Wall Street and corporations and stands up for all Americans.  It would not define its basic beliefs by polls or short-term tactical elections.  It would be about reforming America to be a fair place.  Until the Democratic Party embraces these ideas and fundamental principles, they will remain obscure and aimless.

*Dumb Fat F*ck a.k.a. Donald Trump

The Democrats are Dumber than Snot

Well the Donna Brazile story broke showing how what Bernie supporters thought were all true, the cards were carefully stacked against them by the DNC, and the purse strings controlled, it turns out, by Hillary Clinton. So what did I see this morning? A Democratic pundit telling the Democratic Party and focusing on Bernie supporters, to quit squabbling and come together. How f*cking dumb is that? Come together around what? If you have taken the time to read the Autopsy, The Democratic Party in Crisis, you know he has got it exactly backwards.

One of my insightful friends said to me that we need to be going after the Tax Cut, not revisiting 2016. This is a common theme among Democrats who refuse to really look at what happened which the Autopsy does in detail and data.  And what is tells you is that the Democratic Party after the election of Barrack Obama in 2008 became irrelevant, some of that can be laid at Barrack’s feet thinking that the middle and compromise was the way forward.  We got too aligned with Wall Street and the status quo and abandoned working class people in general of all colors.  Don’t believe me and read the report. So going after the tax cut is another what they are against, not what they are for.  It has to be both.

Here is the thing that everyone ignores:

 “Since Obama’s victory in 2008, the Democratic Party has lost control of both houses of Congress and more than 1,000 state legislative seats. The GOP now controls the governorship as well as the entire legislature in 26 states , while Democrats exercise such control in only six states. Republicans now outnumber Democrats in governors’ offices by more than 2 to 1…In 2009, Democrats controlled both the state senate and house in 27 states, the Republicans 14. After the 2016 elections, Republicans controlled both branches of the legislatures in 32 states to 14 for the Democrats.”

Something is badly wrong with the Democratic Party and they are in denial.  Bernie was not the problem and may have indicated the solution, and neither were the Russians or Comey when you look at the whole period of Obama’s presidency.  The Democratic party failed to stand for anything in most voters minds.  As the report tells us:

Despite this Democratic decline, bold proposals with the national party’s imprint are scarce. Whatever the virtues of “ A Better Deal ” that Democratic Party leaders rolled out in mid-summer 2017, the months that followed gave scant indications that it ignited much grassroots enthusiasm, while one critique after another after another faulted the party’s new manifesto as too cautious, too corporate and too removed from the energizing passions of the current era. The party leadership appears to have concluded, yet again, that major structural changes are not needed, in the party or in the country. Amid all the calls to “resist Trump,” top party leaders seem to have largely pinned their hopes on Donald Trump finally going too far, an ominous echo of an electoral strategy that failed in the 2016 general election.

There are tons in this report to discuss including maybe identity politics is not a bad thing, the way forward developing real grass-roots organizations, bold programs to protect working people, and re-engaging young people who are far more progressive than the rest of the country.  Those that argue Hillary had those, the report responded with this, and I agree:

Democrats will not win if they continue to bring a wonk knife to a populist gunfight. Nor can Democratic leaders and operatives be seen as real allies of the working class if they’re afraid to alienate big funders or to harm future job or consulting prospects.

But I think the real key here is this and it has everything to do with establishment Democrats and increasing economic inequality:

Corporate domination over the party’s agenda — and, perhaps more importantly, the perception of corporate control over the party’s agenda — rendered the Democrats’ messaging on economic issues ideologically rudderless and resulted in a decline in support among working-class people across racial lines.

And what did we here this morning?  Bernie’s people need to shut up and come together.  Failure on a stick.  Unless Democrats come to grips with this report and its reality to a party that is right now irrelevant, well failure is in the Democrat’s blood. It is what they are really good at.  It is time to sweep the streets and get back to our roots, bold programs for the middle class and fighting corporate America, not becoming co-opted by them.

The Way Forward

The DNC has picked Tom Perez over Keith Ellison to lead the DNC to rebuild.  Tom did a really smart thing by acclaiming Keith Vice-Chairman.  I am not really sure how I feel about that yet.  Keith was the candidate of Bernie and Tom was the candidate of Barack.  Maybe some Democrats will have a temper tantrum like they did when Bernie got beat.  But I don’t think the issue is Democrats, it is all those who want change and rejected the Establishment of either party whether Democrats or Independents.  

I hear language like we have to fight a 50 state strategy and engage in every state.  We need to get out their and listen to everyone and show that the Democratic Party represents them.  What I don’t hear yet is a grand strategy, a vision of what we stand for, a vision that presents a very different vision than Republicans.  I know what that is, but I am not sure they do yet.  That is why I wrote the series The Real Fight.  I am an intellectual guy (I am not claiming to be smart, but I think about things), but the key here is to understand where we as Democrats went wrong (Listen Liberal), how we failed Progressivism, and to provide the logical foundation for rejecting Republicans and their economics (Economism).  Oh, and along the way I tried to show how the Republicans created a Fifth Freedom* (separate from FDR’s Four Freedoms), freedom of the market place which is in conflict with the other four freedoms except for the very wealthy.

Thomas Frank took us on a journey in Listen Liberal to explain how we lost the New Deal and the economics we used to believe in.  This is important because to rebuild the Democratic Party you have to really understand why it is not appealing to more people.  To make a long story short, Listen Liberal, showed how we bought into Economism and became Republican Lite, all the while the market place is failing millions of Americans and economic inequality grows by leaps and bounds.  

In Economism, James Kwak basically explained why our view of what is possible is now controlled by an underpinning of conservative economic theory that makes government the problem and free markets the solution.  Then he lays out why that does not work and gives us the ammunition we need to push back. It turns out that the Fifth Freedom is a self serving belief that allows economic inequality to grow exponentially.  Democrats going forward are going to have to connect with white working class millennials and get people back to the polls.  They have to have a vision (Progressive) and the arguments to show how that is their only path to control the Fifth Freedom (freedom of the market place) and put a dent in economic inequality.  

I just hope Perez and Ellison have read this stuff, and have a plan to turn it into an approach to give Democrats the arguments to win our future.  Frank and Kwak have done an amazing job of allowing us to put this into a logical construct to begin to dismantle Republican Economism so we can move the country forward.  Most Americans are not cerebral.  Logical arguments are not going to win the day, but as Hillary found out, without a overarching narrative, policies don’t make Progressivism.  Relating to people and making them understand that we have a a vision they can share is the key.  And now we understand where we went wrong, and how to fight.  Let’s get at it.

*The Fifth Freedom concept came from a lecture by Professor Jeffery Engel from SMU.

Where To?

What really happened? More importantly, how does the Democratic Party respond?  I think after a day of thinking about it, I know what happened.  Said simply, an establishment politician was not going to get elected.  There has been an ongoing argument about whether or not Trump supporters were economically threatened.  As the argument goes, most of his supporters were in fact above average in middle class income so the idea that this was about economic insecurity must be wrong.  Wrong conclusion.  The more you have, the more you have to lose and people worrying about their economic well-being are reflecting a fear of what the future brings, a true malaise about our direction.

So with this anxiety about  the future, what also became apparent was that the general population was fed up with the gridlock in Washington.  It’s been eight years and nothing changes.  So there was a real distrust of establishment politicians that seem to be out of touch with what is going on and had sold them out.  That is why we got Trump and Sanders. When Jeb Bush went down the message was flashing in neon lights and Democrats ignored it.  They just figured that was the dysfunction in the Republican Party. Neither Trump or Sanders were considered establishment politicians and both seemed independent of the establishment power base.  On the Democratic side, the establishment and a majority of Democrats missed all these signs, and many felt it was Hillary’s turn.  And from a change point of view and resentment turning to hatred of the establishment, she was very problematic.

When she beat Bernie many of us rallied around Hillary, even though we (even me) knew better.  But that is the process and that is who won the nomination.  We tricked ourselves about what this election was really about, rejecting the establishment to bring about real change.   We convinced ourselves that she represented real change, and maybe she did, but no one from the voting population were going to elect someone from the establishment. So Hillary’s challenge may have been impossible, convince us she was not the establishment, trustworthy, and about real change.  Couple that with the emails, both from her server and Wikileaks, Bill and Foundation issues,  Comey throwing a Grenade into the process, and the fact that establishment Democrats never really understood what was going on, and she was doomed from day one. And yes, there was some misogyny in there too.

Arguing she would be a great president misses the point. She was not the candidate that could win. She was simply the wrong candidate for the wrong time.  Now, this is not meant to normalize what happened. Half the electorate (note that only 51.2% of the eligible voters voted which ought to tell something) that voted chose a pathological liar, racist, misogynist, xenophobe, nativist, ignorant, tyrannical, and quite frankly danerous man to lead the nation.  At the bottom of this blog* is a list of  some of things he has promised to do in his first 100 days that goes against our core values as a nation.

So the shock that this could happen is spawning real anger among Democrats.  And it is focused where it should be, at the DNC, its leadership, and establishment Democrats.  Let’s face it, their leadership and strategy has lost us the House, Senate, Presidency, and the majority of statehouse and governorships.  There is a record for you. So the question is where do we go from here? Two things have to be recognized.  First the strategy of the Democratic Party as the moderates who will work across the aisle has failed totally (This raises real questions about whether Schumer is the right guy to lead the Senate minority).  Secondly, the old leadership that tried to suppress Bernie and the real life blood of the Democratic Parties future, Progressivism, needs to be gone.  Here are two young Democratic women describing their feelings and listen particularly closely to the young Muslim mother and activist describing her shock at the outcome of the election and then her anger at the Democrat Party (Chris Hayes):

But probably the best summary of that anger was from Tavis Smiley on Lawrence O’Donnell last night:

There is real anger and the Democratic Party, as it should be, is in shambles.  The way forward is clear if we don’t listen to establishment Democrats and listen to Tavis and the two young women above.  It is to embrace a new liberalism called Progressivism and all the young people and their energy.  It is to start drawing lines and standing for something.  Eight years the Republicans obstructed government and they won.  It is time to do our own obstruction for what is right.  Donald Trump is a threat to everything we stand for and looking for compromise is capitulation.  Say hello to an eight member Supreme Court.  Say hello to just saying no.  People who tell you the American people just want people to work together are full of shit.  Look at this election. Some Democrats say well what about an infrastructure bill which would help the country.  I say okay as long as there are not strings like the end of funding for Planned Parenthood.  No more balance good with evil.  It simply has not worked. The fight has just begun and it is about everything we stand for.  Get establishment Democrats out of my sight!

Donald Trumps attacks on America in his first 100 days.

* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;

* SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
* THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
* FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;

* FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;

* SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
On the same day, I will begin taking the following 7 actions to protect American workers:
* FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
* SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
* THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
* FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately

* FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.

* SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward

* SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure

Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:

* FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama

* SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States

* THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities

* FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back

* FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

Yeah, this is not the America I know anymore and we have to have a whole new battle plan.

Checking Your Frontal Lobe at the Door

Bernie lost.  It made me sad.  I am a Bernie supporter.  But he lost.  Even with the Super Delegates redistributed by popular vote, Bernie lost.  Even with Debbie Wasserman Schultz beginning with the debate scheduling and all the rest, not even Bernie thinks he would have won.  So here we are, with Hillary and Kaine.  Now there are only two choices, Trump or Hillary.  That’s it.  A third-party vote is a throw away vote at best and at worst is a vote for Donald Trump.

So as a Bernie supporter knowing we need to move very left, Hillary is the best bet to do that.  Donald won’t and he just might destroy the Constitution.  But somehow some Bernie supporters believed the same hype that Trump supporters bought into in the Crooked Hillary chant.  I actually heard one tell an interviewer that they were going to vote for Trump because he would do less damage to the country.  Say what?  Did brain eating bacteria eat your frontal lobe?  Is it that feeling thing over facts that John Oliver pointed out last night?

So let’s clear the air here.  Hillary is anything but crooked.  She has been more closely examined that anyone in public life and been subject to more abuse than anyone.  Second, while she is slow to the Progressive Train, she is moving there.  And there is one thing I can guarantee you.  She has a moment in history to be the first woman president and she is not going to be owned by anyone.  She will move the country leftward while the Donald will move the country off a cliff.  So please, re-engage your brain.  Bernie has already changed the DNC and the Democratic Party and you are about to destroy that.

And most importantly, if Bernie had won, nothing changes without Congress.  What some Bernie folks miss is that the real war is to change Congress to Progressive.  Then they win.  They will push the country leftward and who is the President won’t make any difference.  They are along for the ride. It is not the tactical battle at the convention, it is the strategic battle in the country.  What some of these supporters are doing now is hurting the Progressive cause and setting it back.  We have Hillary and that is our road forward.  The battle is in the trenches now to elect her and change the Congress in the down ballot races.  That is the fight, not throwing a tantrum at the convention.  You lost.  A Trump Presidency would destroy everything Bernie and his supporters believe in.  How brain-dead do you have to be to not see that?  Get on board or go be brain-dead Republicans.

Told You So

I went back and searched my blog for where I started hammering Debbie Wassermann Schultz and it has been a year.  It is a real wakeup call for the Democrats that their establishment hurts them and hold them back.  Hillary needs to distance herself if she wants to bring in young Progressives. Anyway, I told you so and now they have to kiss her ass to get her not to talk tonight and further her damage.

And I will make one other prediction for November.  Bernie supporters are mad as hell, and the DNC has handed them even more reason to not support Hillary.  Some I heard interviewed today even said they would support Trump.  Here is my advice:  Take a chill pill.  They are in the moment and really mad at the Democratic Party.  Hillary is not the perfect candidate and she picked an establishment right leaning VP. It has not been a smart week for her or the DNC.  But we have a long time until the election and the reality of Donald Trump will sink in.  He will lose in a landslide.  Just ask Ted Cruz.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie will get fully behind Hillary, and if Hillary is smart, let them push her left.  In the end we either elect a mad man or elect Hillary who really will work for the little guy/gal.  That is the real choice and they will get it.

 

Arrogance and Stupidity Is in Abundance Across the Political Spectrum

Well by this time you have probably read the news that Wikileaks hacked the DNC email system and released a ton of emails that showed how the DNC was biased against Bernie and had selected their preferred candidate, Hillary.  It was what the Bernie folks always thought, and I kind of thought Debbie Wasserman Schultz made it obvious every time she opened her mouth.  She should have resigned way back when.  Now she and the DNC are doing no end of damage to the Hillary campaign they so wanted to help.

Their job was to let the people decide and run an unbiased primary applying the same rules to each candidate.  They obviously did not.  I don’t think it caused Bernie to lose the nomination, but it could well cause many of his supporters to walk away from the whole process.  How stupid and arrogant can you be?  Many of us argued about the existence of establishment Democrats  blind to the dissatisfaction of the business as usual approach many young Democrats and Independents had with the Democratic Party.  Now it is out there for all to see and just makes Hillary’s job that much tougher.  All these people should be fired.

If that same arrogant attitude that establishment Democrats will easily defeat Donald Trump pervades the general election, they may just lose this election.  The message was loud and clear from the electorate in the primaries when an old grumpy sorta jew, maybe an atheist, almost beat her, and a total nut job on the other side derailed the whole Republican Party.  Nothing has changed and if the Democratic Party does not soon have their own intervention where the old ways of status quo are maintained, they will lose.  Bernie gave them a heads up, and this latest debacle shows just how many of them did not get it.

This election is really about one thing:  economic inequality and someone who is actually going to challenge the system to change things.  Hillary supporters don’t see that Hillary does not exude that, but exude she must if she is to prevail and it is in all our best interest for her to prevail.  But if she lapses back into Democratic politics as usual, maybe they deserve to lose.  Maybe both parties need to be destroyed before we can fix anything.  The collateral damage however, would be immense.

Hillary and Tim Kaine had a good roll out today.  They promised a progressive way forward.  Now they must walk their talk and bring Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders into the fold, or they are going to lose this thing to a mad man.  Just your friendly armchair political analyst providing political advice that no one ever takes.

Real Change

Remember 2008 and change we could believe in (Yes we can)?  The Democrats got the House, the Senate, and the Presidency and squandered it.  Now many will say that is unfair, but it is true.  Democrats went into the get along mode, especially with the filibuster in the Senate preventing anything Republicans did not like.  Remember Obamacare was done on and end around that did not need to get past the 60 votes.  But the Republicans were in a scorched earth mode and with Democrats seeming hapless, they let them back into the game as the Republicans were able to blame deadlocked government on “both sides”.  Probably the biggest failure was Harry Reid when he had a chance to change the filibuster and did not.  It put the Republicans pretty much in charge in the Senate even with the minority.  When nothing changed, the Republicans got back in.

Will it is 2016 and I think you can say that the Republicans probably have the weakest field they ever put forward.  Let’s face it, other than fear, they have nothing.  Well that’s not entirely true, they still want to cut taxes for the wealthy and gut entitlements, but that is what they are always for, and most people recognize there is nothing new here.  So I would say, baring a major blowup on the part of the Democrats, they will win the Presidency.  But that is not enough.  If you liked deadlocked government, let’s just keep the Republicans in control of the House and Senate, and we will get more of the last eight years, going nowhere.

The answer is simple.  Democrats have to get out and vote in droves.  If they do, we could win big.  But they did not in 2010 and they did not in 2014.  There is really a split in the Democratic Party, the old guard and the new progressives who see Bernie as speaking truth to power and Hillary, maybe too much of the old guard.  My take is that Hillary can be what she wants to be and should could really change this country, but only if we come out and vote and put the House and Senate on notice.

That’s why the latest skirmish in the DNC was so damaging.  Hillary is going to win, but the Bernie supporters have to buy into Hillary or we won’t get the change we need.  With the DNC playing favorites, and they were which is why they back pedaled so fast when the law suit was filed, they are hurting Hillary’s chances to pull in these folks.  Trust me, there was enough stupidity on both sides.  Bernie’s folks should never have looked at that stuff once they knew they were in.  Hillary’s people went over the top with the, “stealing of data”, and the DNC which is already seen as biased by the Sander’s folks, got heavy-handed and made things much, much worse.

Now we are going to see if Hillary gets it.  How she handles the debates will tell the tale.  She needs the Sander’s folks and young voters in general.  If she does not move on, a lot of young voters may not vote at all.  Wake up Democrats.

UPDATE:  Hillary gets it.  What we saw was a debate of ideas.  Nice job all three.  Too bad it was on a Saturday night when all of us were at Christmas parties. Hey next one is on the eve of the Matin Luther King Holiday and the NFL playoffs. I Wonder who will be watching? Is that the point Debbie?Meanwhile the press still tried to make a big deal about the voter list kerfuffle  I guess ideas and issues is just too much for them to handle while food fights are their bread and butter. No wonder the electorate is poorly informed.