Lest You Worry that Democrats Will Remain Clueless, . . .
they are telling you right now that they will.
A group of wealthy progressive donors that wants to restore the Democratic Party’s clout plans to meet this week with groups that helped kick off protest marches and town-hall confrontations to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda.
The Democracy Alliance,a group of 112 prolific political contributors that includes George Soros, Tom Steyer and Donald Sussman, is expected to draw more than 400 donors in all from 32 states to discuss how to turn the demonstrators’ enthusiasm into electoral success.
“The resistance work we’re seeing in town halls and elsewhere will be channeled into electoral activity,” said Gara LaMarche, president of Democracy Alliance.
Those demonstrators -- yeah, that's what the party was missing! Let's see if they'll be Democrats! Oh wait, they are. And Dems still lost.
But the Democracy Alliance (which is pretty much an oxymoron by definition) remains undeterred. They'll figure this out.
Major Democratic donors, strategists and activists suggested in interviews that a strategy is emerging for how to respond: First, argue relentlessly that Trump is betraying the economic interests of voters who elected him.
No one ever tried that before!
Jay Robert “J.B.” Pritzker, a Chicago-based investor and heir to the Hyatt Hotels Corp. empire, said Democrats need to highlight pocketbook policy that are “progressive and pragmatic” and contrast them with Republican proposals.
“To me that’s what missing,” said Pritzker, a top donor to groups backing Hillary Clinton last year. “I don’t know where we got away from that, but it does feel like we did."
I know when I want to hear about protecting my economic interests, I turn to billionaire venture capitalist (and national co-chair of Hillary's losing 2008 presidential campaign) Jay Robert Pritzker for advice. He's looking out for me, I just know it.
Some at this confab will simply go with fantasy.
The party can begin rebuilding its bench by electing governors in 2017 and 2018, said Greg Speed, executive director of America Votes, a Democracy Alliance grantee that works to get progressive voters to the polls. But he wouldn’t rule out the Democrats taking back the House. “There are certainly 24 seats to be won out there in a referendum on President Trump,” he said.
Others, like Pritzker, imagine they will understand and enlist all the little people if they just bring enough money.
The Democracy Alliance, whose members pledge to donate at least $200,000 to support recommended organizations, will devote the first two days of its meeting to rebuilding the party from the grassroots up, with a particular focus on taking on Republican governors.
No one in the Bloomberg article seemed to notice one little detail:
The donors’ four-day annual meeting behind closed doors in Washington is part of a larger conversation among liberals about how to resurrect a party that’s lost 12 governorships and more than 900 legislative seats in the last eight years.
Nothing, I mean NOTHING, says grassroots like a .
That slight tilt you just felt in the universe was the simultaneous facepalm of all sentient life in it.