Monday, October 22, 2018

Updated Dem Party autopsy

See it here. A few excerpts:

"The Democratic Party has implemented modest reforms, but corporate power continues to dominate the party. [...] the reality of corporate leverage over the party remains largely intact. [...] More than one-third of Senate Democrats joined the effort to weaken Dodd-Frank, many of whom were recipients of significant banking donations. In the House, 33 Democrats joined most Republicans to pass the measure."

"On the front of addressing young voters, the Democratic Party still isn’t offering a bold vision that can excite a demographic known for not showing up much on election day.[...] Missing is a focus on the bread-and-butter issues that can materially affect young people’s lives, such as redirecting resources from our bloated military toward popular programs for free college education and Medicare for All."

"Roughly 68 percent of House Democrats and 85 percent of Democratic senators voted for the record-breaking 2019 military budget. [...] It’s noteworthy that most of the major prospective candidates for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination — including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Jeff Merkley — voted against the most recent Defense Authorization bill."

"The Democratic Party could dramatically boost voter participation by mobilizing around voters’ hunger for progressive policies [...but] seems unable or unwilling to take full electoral advantage of such public opinion."
  • 76% of the U.S. public supports higher taxes on the wealthy.
  • 70% of the U.S. public supports Medicare for All.
  • 59% of the U.S. public supports a $15 minimum wage.
  • 60% of the U.S. public supports expanded tuition-free college.
  • 69% of the U.S. public opposes overturning Roe v. Wade.
  • 94% of the U.S. public supports an Equal Rights Amendment.
  • 65% or more of the U.S. public supports progressive criminal justice reform.
  • 59% of the U.S. public supports stricter environmental regulation.
"This has been a banner year for successful primary campaigns by progressive Democrats nationwide. [...] How did the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee react to this grassroots energy and campaign engagement? Often by resisting it — on behalf of establishment primary candidates against progressives. [...] Progressive social movements have the ability to energize the Democratic Party, but not if blocked by party leaders."

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