The New Yorker ...even if the fight is in part an exercise in after-the-fact finger-pointing, the campaign’s internal struggles over how to talk to the Trump base in the formerly Democratic states of Middle America are just as relevant, polarizing, and unresolved today as they were a year ago. Should Democrats bet their future on attacking Trump and pledge, as the California billionaire donor Tom Steyer now wants them to do, to pursue Trump’s impeachment, at all costs, if they win back the House next year? Should they give up on the white voters who went for Trump in 2016 even though many had been reliably Democratic in the past? Was Clinton’s defeated primary challenger, Bernie Sanders, right to try to pull the Party to the left?
I don't completely buy into the story of labor putting Dems on notice since the Dems, with a powerful centrist wing backed by the big money even while facing an insurgent left.
On the other hand there is the NJ teachers backing a Republican horror story over the Dem boss Norcross who sold teachers out in dirty deals with Christie.
Then there is Donna Brazile who is as off the wall as anyone and we saw that in the campaign -- so my pals who are cheering her "revelations" are paying attention to the wrong stuff.
And then there is Virginia which is close. Which means that even if a win for Dems is a loss. Diane Ravitch doesn't want people to hash over the 2016 election anymore - isn't she a historian? Do we think by seeing no evil and maybe doing the same thing over again and expecting different results we are not falling into the well-known Einstein insanity category? Diane is praying for the outcome in Virginia and as a centrist Dem may be in for some disappointment no matter the outcome ---
When we heard the AFL-CIO convention made a declaration of sorts from the ---- the Dem Party which has abandoned labor where much of its support has come from we were surprised to see Randi, as much a Dem party apparatchik as there is, had signed on to it. But then you know Randi - -
So here are a few articles of interest. Some people are even talking about the fate of the party being that of the Whigs or Federalists --- where there was so much talk of Republican Party fragmentation can we see new alignments and the birth of a new party? A center of moderate Republicans (is there such a thing) and centrist Dems? Who would inherit the Dem brand? Is it worth fighting for? For the left I believe that is a losing battle because the center attracts the big money and anyway the left is always as fragmented as any political force. The end result may be a permanent in essence one party system - Dems on the coasts and the rest Republican. The New Yorker piece makes this point:
It can be difficult, if not impossible, in Washington these days to pay attention to the Democrats’ war within while what appears to be the full-fledged implosion of the Republican Party unfolds.And this dilemma:
the energy in the rank and file remains with the Bernie bros and Sandersistas, who are determined to pull the party to the left—toward a future of universal health care and free college for all. .... But more centrist Democrats worry that she couldn’t do so without forever alienating not only the Trump base but also the Wall Street moneymen who have provided the Party with key financial backing ever since Bill Clinton introduced his New Democrats to the nation, in 1992. As for members of Trump’s angry white working class, no one’s sure if there are any Democrats at all in the mix for 2020 who can really speak to them. And to the extent that there are such politicians, figures like Biden or Senator Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, no one’s sure there’s a real place for such a candidate in a party moving left quickly.From The Nation on the left: Another beauty forwarded by Michael Fiorillo.
The Democratic Party lost just about everything in 2016, but so far it has offered only evasive regrets and mild apologies. Instead of acknowledging gross failure and astounding errors, the party’s leaders and campaign professionals wallowed in self-pity and righteous indignation. The true villains, they insisted, were the wily Russians and the odious Donald Trump, who together intruded on the sanctity of American democracy and tampered with the election results. Official investigations are now under way.
While the country awaits the verdict, a new and quite provocative critique has emerged from a group of left-leaning activists: They blame the Democratic Party itself for its epic defeat. Their 34-page “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis” reads more like a cold-eyed indictment than a postmortem report. It’s an unemotional dissection of why the Democrats failed so miserably, and it warns that the party must change profoundly or else remain a loser....
The writers are not promoting any candidate for 2020, though they are obviously kindred spirits with Bernie Sanders and his aggressive reform agenda. They do, however, want to provoke a showdown within the Democratic Party: the Clinton-Obama establishment versus the hurt and disappointed party base. The establishment has the money and the governing control; the rank-and-file agitators have the fire of their brave convictions.More athttps://www.thenation.com/
Full article From the liberal/ left