Here are two opinion pieces to read together; they are saying about the same thing.
One, and IMO the better of the two, is Andrew O’Hehir,Â Democratic moderates fear the â€œsocialist leftâ€ will wreck the party: They want to keep that gig.
Just a taste:
Hubert Humphrey, the leading Democratic moderate of Hillary Clintonâ€™s youth, would find little to object to in Ocasio-Cortezâ€™s platform, beyond the labeling on the package. (Once the Happy Warrior figured out what ICE and super PACs were, and what they had done to America, heâ€™d go out and ring doorbells in her district.) Then again, Humphrey had no fear of open and often heated ideological conflict, which was a staple of Democratic discourse for decades and is exactly what the â€œdemocratic socialistâ€ insurrection has reintroduced since 2016.
Those who shut down such internal conflict and purged the activist left from the Democratic Party, on the premise that it was the only possible way to win elections in a “centrist,” anti-ideological nation, have never faced the consequences of their historic blunder. They have lost repeatedly and on a grand scale, insisting every time that they really should have won â€” or in some other, better world, did win â€” and that whatever went wrong was somebody elseâ€™s fault. They are the ones who appear committed to an inflexible, dogmatic ideology that is out of step with political reality. They are surprised and outraged to learn that if they want to continue their losing streak, they will have to fight for it.
Two, Thomas Frank,Â Can liberals please work out how to win back the working class?
For all their cunning, Republicans are a known quantity. Their motives are simple: they will do anything, say anything, profess faith in anything to get tax cuts, deregulation and a little help keeping workers in line. Nothing else is sacred to them. Rules, norms, traditions, deficits, the Bible, the constitution, whatever. They donâ€™t care, and in this they have proven utterly predictable.
The Democrats, however, remain a mystery. We watch them hesitate at crucial moments, betray the movements that support them, and even try to suppress the leaders and ideas that generate any kind of populist electricity. Not only do they seem uninterested in doing their duty toward the middle class, but sometimes we suspect they donâ€™t even want to win.
Do read them both. Frank is perhaps a degree more “shrill” than I am, but I am not going to say he’s wrong.
Just this morning I saw a paid ad on social media with Nancy Pelosi asking for donations to help the Democrats “protect Obama’s legacy.” I wanted to throw rocks at her.Â Not that I wouldn’t give a lot to just put everything back to where it was before Trump took office, but I always saw “Obama’s legacy” — which was mostly Obamacare — as just provisional, just a foot in the door that might be built into something better. But the establishment Dems want to sell it as the whole pie and not just a taste.
For your daily dose of Why Trump is a Pile of Crap, do readÂ â€˜Deletedâ€™ families: What went wrong with Trumpâ€™s family-separation effort.