The Democrats’ massive losses at state and congressional levels cannot be blamed on WikiLeaks, Comey or even Trump. Something clearly needs to change, and fast.
California Democrats, at least in many cases, are showing political figures around the country that a progressive agenda can be proposed and defended, provided an engaged electorate is behind them, urging them forward.
What remains necessary is instead rather too simple for sophisticates and analysts to drool over: common-sense candidates focusing on delivering basic common-sense messages
Gene Rothman: By ignoring the deep economic pain of many working Americans, Democrats left the door open for Trump—who did hear their pain and used this as a club against the Liberals (albeit in his demagogic fashion).
Paul Haeder: I went to the table where the neighborhood association dudes were. Sixty-plus something, and chatting it up, learning how bankrupt these old hippies can be and ignorant of what changes can be, blaming me for Trump for my support of Jill Stein.
Seth Abramson: Nominate the only person who can reunite the Republican Party once Trump failing to get the nomination has fractured it beyond repair.
Robert Reich: Progressives, there’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat. There’s no way to get to where America should be without aiming high. Robert Reich: There’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat. There’s no way to get to where America should be without aiming high.
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The Democrats will have nothing to do with a $15 minimum wage because their handlers, the 1%, as a rule firmly reject it.
Richard Eskow: People wonder why Gallup reports that millennials are at or near record levels of alienation from both political parties? When leaders of both parties emphasize deficits over jobs, their disaffection becomes easier to understand.
Claude Fischer: If the Great Depression brought support for the New Deal, should not the Great Recession bring support for a Newer Deal?
Robert Reich: Excuse me for sounding impertinent, but isn’t this fear-mongering likely to buttress Republican arguments that the Bush tax cuts should be extended for everyone — including the rich?
Steve Hochstadt: So we end up with the same racial profiling that conservatives have been using to win votes since Richard Nixon’s southern strategy. The euphemisms change, but the intent is the same.
Robert Reich: I wish President Obama and the Democrats would explain to the nation that the federal budget deficit isn’t the nation’s major economic problem and deficit reduction shouldn’t be our major goal.