Democrats Are Trying to Win the 2018 Midterms in All the Wrong Ways

Source: Steve Phillips, The Nation, July 18, 2017

If there are 7 million Obama-to-Trump voters, why didn’t Trump’s vote total increase by 7 million? …. It is quite possible that Democrats are going to spend nearly $1 billion trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. By buying into a myth about why they lost in 2016, they are ignoring the underlying math about what really happened—misspending huge amounts of money, while setting themselves up to lose again in the critical contests to come. ….

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The Circular Firing Squad Isn’t Amusing Anymore
Source: Danny Goldberg, The Nation, July 19, 2017

The left is tearing itself apart. …. In order to have any chance of reversing the right-wing trends that began in the Reagan years, mainstream Democrats and progressives have to find ways to disagree without destroying the ability to accomplish their shared goals. Theories and tribalism must be subordinate to knowable or probable policy effects on the most vulnerable, on the 99%, and on the planet. …. False choices are a luxury that must be jettisoned. It is neither rational nor helpful to ignore misogyny as a factor in the demonization of Hillary Clinton (and for that matter Nancy Pelosi). Sexism is still a thing. On the other hand, Obama and Clinton partisans need to acknowledge that the vast majority of Bernie Sanders voters were not motivated by his gender but by his articulation of positions that they felt were an inspiring departure from the constricted political playing field of recent years. ….