It’s election day at last. I’ve been looking for a state-by-state and race-by-race analysis, offered as a sort of scorecard you can fill in yourself as the inning-by-inning game progresses. (The next post will be a scorecard to use if the game goes into extra innings.)
And I found an excellent one, from Virtually Speaking a few days ago. The participants are Dem analyst and consultant Cliff Schecter and VS host Jay Ackroyd. It’s excellent. The discussion goes by very quickly as Cliff gets to the races one after another. My guess, he’s 90% right on his picks at the very least.
Here’s the discussion. Enjoy. (Hint: Holding down the right and left arrow keys performs an excellent fast-forward and fast-rewind. Use them for navigation.)
Note near the end (at roughly 49:45) the talk digresses into “why isn’t Obama more progressive when progressive governance wins?” territory. Cliff and Jay disagree at that point. That disagreement matters, in my view.
The inability to “get” why Dems diminish their electoral chances by not being more populist after entering office — as opposed to running as populists before entering office, as Obama did in 2008 — is exactly why progressives always lose … to Dems.
I’m going to revisit that strongly in the weeks ahead. Howie Klein at DownWithTyranny has said, for example, that Steve Israel, Pelosi’s chosen leader of the DCCC, has risked loss of the House in order to get fewer progressives elected. It’s what Dems do — killing off progressives — and starting tomorrow I’m going to hit this hard. So should you, progressive boys and girls.
I do agree with Cliff that parties can be and have been changed from within. Look at the (admittedly AFP–funded) Tea Party candidates. But it takes courage — and aggressive, effective tactics. We may have the courage, but we sure don’t have the tactics; our insiders almost always lose to NeoLib leaders.
In addition, we have the wrong measurable — the means by which we determine if a plan is succeeding. (For example, let’s say you wanted to be a faster athlete, but your measurable, the way you measure results, is how much weight you lose. With that measurable, you’ll never ever get there.)
Progressives shouldn’t be measuring whether we have More Progressives in office — we know from experience that more progressives still doesn’t deliver more wins. Progressive office-holders get rolled by NeoLiberal Dem leaders and their enablers every single day of the week.
If progressives want wins, guess what they should be measuring — Progressive Wins. But that’s me; I’m all for being effective and building an effective progressive coalition. Call me madcap.
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