Markos Moulitsas says to build a new and winning Democratic Party, you can’t start by cutting it in half:
Too many people are still caught up in the Clinton vs. Sanders bullshit from back during the primaries. Even the article I linked above is framed as a battle between big-money donors from those two camps. But most liberals don’t give a fuck, and they shouldn’t. Something new is being built, and it transcends the battles of the past. New people are being drawn in and engaging. New leaders will emerge at the local level, organizing in their own towns and cities. And that’ll be the new center of the party. It will be explicitly liberal, the Third Ways of the party won’t have traction. It will adopt Sanders’ economic rhetoric, but be much broader than that, and have much greater buy-in among the party’s growth demographics (Latinos, Asians, African Americans). It’ll be the best parts of both Sanders’ and Clinton’s core demographics, making it a glorious beautiful new thing. Sure, people in places like here [Daily Kos] will insist in fighting stupid old battles, but most people will focus on the greater good.
So my advice to donors and progressive groups trying to make sense of what comes ahead? Don’t try to build anything. Things are already being built. Instead, ride the wave. Let it carry you. If you are a donor, support the new leaders and institutions that arise from this (just like the Kochs spent countless millions supporting tea party initiatives). Embrace this new generation of activists, because these are the women and men who will deliver us to the promised land.
In a time of darkness, this new resistance movement promises to not just mitigate the damage Trump and his Republican allies seeks to cause, but to build a new lasting progressive majority. So please please please, look for the best of what came before us, no matter which “side” it was associated with, and then embrace this future. Because it’ll be glorious.
Some are too focused on re-litigating the Sanders v. Hillary primary, and thus focused on making sure no one who supported Hillary in any fashion over the last two years has a voice in the party going forward. For surely the best way to grow a party and win the next election is to engage in a Stalinist purge, shrinking the party down to only its purist core. Yeah, I don’t think so.
But that also doesn’t mean that we embrace the Third Way or the Delaware Way. That doesn’t mean we don’t criticize elected Democrats or party officials who do, like Tom Carper and John Carney. It doesn’t mean we don’t criticize Lisa Blunt Rochester and Chris Coons when they stray from progressive principles. When they do, they deserved to be blasted relentlessly. And the same goes for our much less noticed General Assembly officials (though we at Blue Delaware hope to change their lack of notice).
To put this as simply as I can: it is time we liberals and Democrats and progressives start standing shoulder to shoulder facing our enemy in Donald Trump and his Republican Party, rather than facing each other.