Dear Democrats — Your Grassroots Are Getting Ahead of You

Have you noticed?  For the ACA protests, there were a number of rallies scheduled and while some of the more publicized events had good elected coverage, here in DE we had basically a meet and greet at St. Francis Hospital, where Senator Carper wanted to introduce Rep. Blunt-Rochester and the audience wanted to engage on why Carper voted against the Klobuchar phama amendment.  Then we go to the Cabinet nominees, where many Democrats went from “let’s go through hearings and decide” to NO.  Before all of the hearings were done.

Then there was the rush to support the Women’s March all over, which appeared to energize many Dem legislators.  And then there was the scramble to support this past weekend’s demonstrations at airports across the country.  I know that there are multiple efforts (and lots of resources to support) a sustained outreach to legislators.  From the calls I place, it sounds as though the folks who are answering are being ground down slowly.  No idea what mailrooms look like.

Still — I am a member of several action groups who are all calling, mailing, protesting, working on local legislative initiatives.  Dems seem to slowly be coming around to the clue that they need to be an Opposition Party, rather than a Minority Party.  The proof, of course, is when we get into the real meat of the legislative cycle, when we start dealing with budgets, banking regs and whatever they will want to do with the ACA.

The NYT took notice a few days ago and Kos (from The Daily Kos) provides this observation:

“The Tea Party didn’t really become a force until it started ousting Republicans it didn’t feel represented them. That’s clearly going to have to happen here,” said Markos Moulitsas, the progressive activist who founded the Daily Kos website. “Democrats either need to feed, nurture and aggressively champion the resistance, or they need to get out of the way in favor of someone who will. The usual rules no longer apply.”

Right?  I think that many Ds are hearing from constituents they don’t normally hear from.  And a bunch of those constituents are making pretty clear statements of the values they want their leadership to have.   Some Democrats are starting to listen, but you can definitely see how creaky the mechanism is for genuine leadership, opposition and principle.

If I was in Dem Leadership now, I would see this as a gift.  An opportunity to remind people that this President has no mandate, that Democratic ideas are still more popular, and get organized to remind people of that on the daily.  With the kind of approval ratings that Trump has now, it is a perfect time to sortie out and start hanging every bit of this mess around the necks of the GOP.  Any GOP.  Especially local ones.  If Howard Dean’s 50 State Strategy was still intact, this would be easy.  Perhaps the Dem Leadership gets its value now.

But Democrats all over are on notice.  As we see you out and about, we’ll ask you how you and the family are — and then we’ll ask what have you done to oppose the Trump Agenda — and represent US — today.



You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. -- Shirley Chisolm

8 comments on “Dear Democrats — Your Grassroots Are Getting Ahead of You

  1. The proverbial time is now, the time to light a fire under the Dems worth saving and primary the DINOS if we can.

  2. And then there is this: “The Women Are in My Grill No Matter Where I Go”

    Need proof that the surge of protests following the election of President Donald Trump is having an impact on members of Congress? Just listen to the complaints of Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), the former economics professor who was elected in 2014 after unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

    In a meeting with local conservative groups on Saturday, Brat, a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, lamented the vocal opposition he was facing from defenders of the health care law, and implored his supporters to write letters to the editor so they would not be drowned out. “Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill wherever I go,” he said. “They come up to me and go, ‘When’s the next town hall?’ And believe me, it’s not to give positive input.”

    This is also being applied to Democrats — protesting at their homes and the like. Good news, really. And time to remind long-time Dems that we’ve supported them for a long time. Now they return the favor.

  3. Nailed it. …shared it to FB.

  4. How sad is it that TOM FUCKING CARPER understands this more than Chris Coons?

    • snewton929

      Carper is, I think, genetically related to Keith Richards. Both will still be looking cadaverous in 200 years. You develop a survival instinct when you’re an immortal ghoul.

  5. Rep Adam Schiff talks about this some Trump administration is radicalizing Democratic voters, creating a challenge for the party, Rep. Adam Schiff says

    First observation is No Shit, Sherlock. And I while I can appreciate Dems being blindsided by this energy, it is going to be up to them to jump in, join in and help direct this energy to someplace that we want to be. And the trick is making sure that we end up somewhere your voters want to be, Democrats. Not just where it is comfortable for you to be.

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