There is so much energy in the progressive grassroots and no matter how many pundits want to talk about changing demographics (no) or centrist candidates, the real story is that real people worked their butts off to try to get governments that would be responsive to real people. When we show up, we win.
A key win was right next door to us in Delaware County, PA. This is how it looked to Kat Caudle (on FB) who organized there for five years and watched those building blocks come together last night:
There are 5 races that happened tonight, that you won’t hear about on CNN, MSNBC or even your local news (because uggg suburbs). In Delaware County, PA a “collar county” of Philadelphia, a notoriously RED county, despite a significant voter registration edge since 2013. A county that, in 2012, was named by the New York Times as one of 3 counties nationwide that prevented Romney from winning. A county, that in 2014 voted for the first female AG in PA; in 2016 voted for Hillary Clinton; A County in which I spent 5 years politically organizing, helping to run campaign after campaign after campaign; A County that has it’s own Bill Clinton; A county that by all accounts got along with its 2012 OFA team better than the other 66 counties in PA (what do you mean you like your staff and you work WITH them?) A County that shares the name and a border with my home state; A County that once you’ve crossed the state line is the exact opposite of it’s sister cities across the state line.
That County, tonight, for the first time in its history, didn’t just elect Democrats county-wide, THEY swept the COUNTY-WIDE offices from County Council to Controller, Sheriff, and Register of Wills. For the first time in the history of the County Dems were elected and NOT appointed to the County Council.
Tonight was huge. But tonight doesn’t happen without the blood, sweat and tears of those that came before, I can speak specifically of the 2013 team– the closest we would come until tonight in beating back the GOP machine. Without the dedication of a Chairman who knew what needed to be done, the staff to execute that plan and the candidates willing to follow, tonight doesn’t happen.
Congratulations to the Delco Dems and the huge wins you had across the county. THIS IS what elections are made of.
WE BUILT THIS. #webuiltthis
So I want to make sure that we thank some of the organizing groups that worked long and hard to get this done:
I know I am missing some — I suspect I know these because I follow them on Twitter. Still. And the DNC was seriously on the ground in VA at least — supporting the State Party organizations and supporting these organizations too.
When we show up we win.
Special mention to Tom Perriello of Virgina. I think that he is the MVP for the entire Virginia wave. He lost to Northam in the Governor primary and went to work almost immediately to help Northam get elected AND to support all of the Dem candidates in Virginia. He was just everywhere in the past few months — canvassing, fundraising, doing whatever he could do to pull as many Dems across the line as possible. This guy gets it as is a genuine hero in Virginia today. I hope he runs for office again — we need this kind of energy and spirit.
It is 364 days until the next General and I don’t know how many until the Delaware Primary. But there will be serious opportunities to support progressive and Democratic candidates here in Delaware who will represent our values and work for us. We already know that the local GOP is looking to bring Trumpism and all of its hateful disruption here. There will be candidates worthy of your support all throughout Delaware. Heck, YOU might be the candidate worthy of our support here.
If you need some help figuring out where to best get involved, let me know. Or just post a response here. While I would love to get more great people involved with the Democratic party, that is not your only option. Helping great candidates who will represent our values is the real goal.