Category Archives: Democrats

Moore, Trump put local Republicans at severe risk

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times of Chester County, Dec 9th, 2017

As we head into the 2018 election season, we see that the two major political parties find themselves at crossroads, with one party seemingly finding its roots after years of wandering and pandering and another so lost, to as be unrecognizable from just a few years ago.

For Democrats, heading into 2018 with a wind at their back — and locally, the biggest series of wins in party history — it seems like a party that had been co-opted by corporate America has found its roots, grabbing back the mantle of populism (thanks to a giant assist from Republicans), blue-collar workers, the middle class, minorities and so on. Basically, everyone but rich white folks.

Democrats will likely continue excessive navel gazing — as is their wont — but seem to have found a foundation in embracing the old-time ethos of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson of lifting up and protecting the least of our citizens to build a stronger, fairer America. A new generation of leaders seems to be emerging — more and more quickly would be better – that better represents America.

They’re also backstopped by organized labor, which seems to be finally making a comeback after four decades of erosion (which, with some validity, they point to as the beginning of the assault on the middle class). Unions are again beginning to get toe holds in places where they had previously been shut out — and at the same time seem to be working to stem the tide of rank and file members voting for Republicans such as Donald Trump, such votes being a key factor in Trump winning Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in the 2016 elections.

They appear to be raising more money and looking to put more resources into the 2018 election cycle. We’ll see how effective that is, but it is worth watching.

Meanwhile, there’s the Republican Party.

Just a few years ago, the GOP stood for fiscal conservatism, social conservatism and family values.

Now? Not so much….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

2018: Dems 52, R’s 38

Very interesting poll. At first you wonder how a president who threatens the whole American way of life and sense of social fairness can not be the big issue for everyone looking to who should control Congress after next year. But then you realize: there are plenty of free-standing reasons that a majority of voters would like to see R’s– who can’t pass a budget, protect our health care, or assert some influence over an “adult day care” White House–lose control of Congress next year.


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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.