“Democrats and their affiliated outside groups have raised more than $5 million since a report first unveiled a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the historic Roe v. Wade ruling and allow states to restrict abortions,” CNBC reports.
“Democrats have lost their way in the sense that they have not been talking to mainstream America. They have lost their way talking to rural America, to folks on Main Street.”
— Former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), quoted by AL.com.
Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward: “We say this with love to our fellow Democrats: Over the past decade, you willfully abandoned rural communities. As the party turned its focus to the cities and suburbs, its outreach became out of touch and impersonal. To rural voters, the message was clear: You don’t matter.”
“Now, Republicans control dozens of state legislatures, and Democrats have only tenuous majorities in Congress at a time in history when we simply can’t afford to cede an inch. The party can’t wait to start correcting course. It may be too late to prevent a blowout in the fall, but the future of progressive politics — and indeed our democracy — demands that we revive our relationship with rural communities.”
David Brooks: “The Democrats’ largest problem is this: We are living in an age of fear, insecurity and disorder on an array of fronts. The Republicans have traditionally been known as the party of toughness and order. Democrats are going to have to find a posture that is tough on disorder, and tough on the causes of disorder.”
“We’re not a cult, we’re a coalition. If you’re a cult it’s very easy, you just take orders from the cult leader… Bend the knee to the cult leader and fall in line.”
— Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), when asked about the need for consensus in the Democratic Party.
“I don’t mean to nitpick, but I wouldn’t categorize myself as progressive… I consider myself a Democrat that’s running on the same platform of ideas that every other Democrat in this race is running on. And I can’t think of a Democrat running nationally that’s running on anything functionally different in that regard.”
— Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), on CNN.
G. Elliot Morris: “My argument is that this unified progressive agenda does nothing to bring back into the fold the conservative working-class voters — mainly white, but growing significantly more Latino recently — who have abandoned the Democrats and caused the structural disadvantages that are dragging them down today.”
“The party needs a renewed identity as a pro-worker party, not one where coastal elites control the party line on policy and messaging. And it needs to be substantially more diverse in its approach to talking to voters in different areas of the country; messages that work in young, diverse urban cores do not work in educated white suburbs or shrinking exurbs.”
Just published: What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party by Michael Kazin.
Kazin to the New Yorker: “I think there’s a reason why Democrats, historically, have seen continuity between the founding years and today. Also, it’s probably controversial for some people, but there is a common strand of rhetoric that Democrats have used, really, since Jefferson, but especially since Jackson—that they’re the party of the ordinary man, or the ordinary person.”
- Hardcover Book
- Kazin, Michael (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 416 Pages - 03/01/2022 (Publication Date) - Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Publisher)
“The Democratic Party is considering banning its army of consultants from engaging in anti-union activity following a report that one of its pollsters had helped Amazon combat organizing efforts,” Politico reports.
“A union-drafted addendum to any contract between a Democratic Party political committee and a consultant would forbid the consultant — or any of its parents, subsidiaries or affiliates — from participating in an array of activities involving unions. That includes union-busting, aiding an employer in a labor dispute or lobbying against union-backed legislation.”
“Democrats say they’ve done a lousy job at highlighting their accomplishments in a year plus of unified power in Washington, and are blaming this on the possibility they will suffer major losses in November’s midterm elections,” The Hill reports.
Said one Democratic strategist: “Look, I’m not going to BS. We’ve done a fucking horrible job and sometimes I think we deserve to lose big in November. Democrats can say whatever they want but it’s not honest.”
He added: “The narrative here doesn’t exist. We need to wake up fast.”
“Democrats in Michigan plan to ask the national party to make their state the location of the first presidential nominating contest in 2024, challenging the election-year status of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina,” the Washington Post reports.
“The Michigan Democratic effort marks the first time that a new state has made a play to dethrone the early-voting order that has ruled presidential nominating contests for more than a decade. It follows moves by Democratic leaders to rethink the calendar after the tumult of the 2020 election, and Nevada’s parallel attempt to become the first nominating state, after it passed a law last year that switched the state’s voting process from a caucus to a primary system.”
“So I think a lot of lessons have been learned. But there is a lot of good accomplishments to be putting up on the board. And the Democrats in office and out need to be doing a better job of making the case.”
— Hillary Clinton, quoted by NBC News.
New York Times: “As Republican activists aggressively pursue conservative social policies in state legislatures across the country, liberal states are taking defensive actions. Spurred by a U.S. Supreme Court that is expected to soon upend an array of longstanding rights, including the constitutional right to abortion, left-leaning lawmakers from Washington to Vermont have begun to expand access to abortion, bolster voting rights and denounce laws in conservative states targeting LGBTQ minors.”
“The flurry of action, particularly in the West, is intensifying already marked differences between life in liberal- and conservative-led parts of the country. And it’s a sign of the consequences when state governments are controlled increasingly by single parties. Control of legislative chambers is split between parties now in two states — Minnesota and Virginia — compared with 15 states 30 years ago.”
Ruy Teixeira: “All the political signals are screaming: Democrats must move to the center, both to mitigate their losses in 2022 and to keep alive their hopes of retaining the Presidency in 2024 and building political power thereafter.”
Charlie Cook: “The challenge is that so many integrally involved in the respective parties have lost all perspective and do not realize how ideological their party has become.”
“When people ask me that question, as happened just this past week in Chicago, my answer is that with ideological sorting, the nature of the two parties will not change until the moderates or centrists decide they want to take back their respective parties, pulling the GOP back to the center right and Democrats to the center left. Only then will we return to anything like the stability and normalcy that so many people want.”
“Democrats are eyeing Chicago as a city of interest to host the party’s 2024 convention and the mayor, the governor and a key U.S. senator are coordinating on a plan to make it happen,” NBC News reports.
“While the discussions are early and informal, some national Democrats already see the Midwestern city as an appealing contender, in part for its heartland geography — touching key swing states like Wisconsin and Michigan — but also because of the comfort that would come with holding a marquee political event in a tried-and-true blue state.”
“They’re pushing for environmental reforms, embracing single-payer health care and calling for more government assistance. But increasingly, many are reluctant to call themselves ‘progressives,'” The Hill reports.
“Left-wing candidates from Pennsylvania to North Carolina to Missouri are shying away from the P-word on the campaign trail, in messaging and online fundraising, and even in media blitzes, signaling an attempt to rebrand their wing of the party as Democrats debate how to win the midterm elections.”