Category Archives: Democrats

The Real Civil War in the Democratic Party

by Lee Drutman, New York Times, 7/26/17. Comment from KAD chair Wayne Braffman: “I think all CCDC members might benefit from reading this. It promotes converting the Democratic Party from a top-down organization to a bottom-up structure wherein the national party re-allocates its money to developing local organizations.”

As Democrats try to unite around their new “Better Deal” agenda, the supposed battle between the “socialist” left and the “corporatist” center seems to have collapsed into a bland but serviceable slogan, with a reasonably progressive economic agenda that both Senators Elizabeth Warren and Charles Schumer can get behind. So much for that overhyped party civil war.

But Democrats shouldn’t be trumpeting party unity quite yet. The economic-left-versus-center debate has always been primarily an elite one.

Among the Democratic rank-and-file, the more consequential divide is between those willing to trust the existing establishment and those who want entirely new leadership. It’s a divide that Democratic Party leaders ignore at their peril….

keep reading at New York Times. Drutman then suggests: “What if, instead of spending billions on consultants, TV ads and mailers engineered to stoke zero-sum partisanship, party leaders and affiliated funders invested in increasing the paid staff of local party organizations, and then sought their input and advice? With a real investment, community organizations could help Democratic voters feel genuinely invested in their party, including giving them more of a role in helping to develop and select local candidates….”

Of course, on the county and municipal level, we try to do that. More support in that effort from the state and national levels would certainly be helpful.

Chuck Schumer: A Better Deal for American Workers

By CHUCK SCHUMER, New York Times, JULY 24, 2017

Americans are clamoring for bold changes to our politics and our economy. They feel, rightfully, that both systems are rigged against them, and they made that clear in last year’s election. American families deserve a better deal so that this country works for everyone again, not just the elites and special interests. Today, Democrats will start presenting that better deal to the American people.

There used to be a basic bargain in this country that if you worked hard and played by the rules, you could own a home, afford a car, put your kids through college and take a modest vacation every year while putting enough away for a comfortable retirement. In the second half of the 20th century, millions of Americans achieved this solid middle-class lifestyle. I should know — I grew up in that America.

But things have changed….

keep reading at New York Times. Sen. Schumer goes on to explain: “First, we’re going to increase people’s pay. Second, we’re going to reduce their everyday expenses. And third, we’re going to provide workers with the tools they need for the 21st-century economy,” with details.

Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions

Report from Pew Research Center, 7/10/17

Republicans increasingly say colleges have negative impact on U.S.

Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading institutions – including the news media, colleges and universities and churches and religious organizations – and in some cases, the gap in these views is significantly wider today than it was just a year ago….

keep reading at Pew Research Center

Here are 2 charts from the report. The recent rapid decline in support for public education among Republicans is particularly alarming: now only half as many R’s or leaning R as D’s or leaning D say colleges and universities “have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country.”

Is a wave election forming for Democrats?

By Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen, The Hill, 05/23/17

Democrats are increasingly bullish about the prospect of a wave election in 2018 amid backlash against the passage of the House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill and the snowballing revelations coming out of the White House.

Nonpartisan election handicappers have begun to shift the House further away from the Republican majority, in part due to President Trump’s tepid approval ratings and the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

While Republicans and ballot forecasters stress that there’s still 18 months to go until the midterm elections, most concede that the trend lines are ominous.

“Anyone who thinks the House isn’t in play is kidding themselves,” a former GOP aide told The Hill.

“The House healthcare bill is full of landmines and the constant White House drama Republicans have to defend is destroying any ability we have to be on offense or talk about a positive message.”…

keep reading at The Hill