DiFi for President in 2020! Say What??
The Democrats are already falling back into their totally non-self-reflective pattern of declaiming that they were betrayed and done in by sinister cultural forces and shenanigans. Not so. As the first parable I picked DiFi.
For those unaware, she is the senior senator from the MIC, Intelligence Community, and corporate powerhouses who is homeported in CA. Should you have the temerity to suggest that she vote in a particular manner on something before her, she will explain that she isn't there to carry out your wishes and ideas, but to make these decisions on your behalf from her exalted and vastly better informed position. She does however, when it does not unduly discomfort those agencies and entities which she considers to be her constituency, vote left on some social issues, like gay rights, etc.
She is returned to office time and again as the lesser of two evils. I have never met an enthusiastic DiFi voter. It is always "I guess I have to vote for DiFi again; damn I wish they'd run somebody against her whom I could vote for". She is emblematic of one type of establishment Democrat who is causing declining enthusiasm, votes and numbers across the country. She and her ilk are entrenched because $; fundraising excellence is a key criteria for support from the party leadership, including, but not limited to, the DNC, DCCC and DSCC. The more you gots the more you gets, so to speak.
She exemplifies but one problem. Both parties have largely become marketing machines, disinterested in ascertaining the wants and needs of their constituents, and, god forbid, the populace as a whole, but expert in selling themselves, their candidates, their agendas, ideologies and goals. They use incessant propaganda, every trick in "The Hidden Persuaders" and every trick of psychological manipulation discovered and developed since, tricky semantics, clever fallacies, scare tactics and othering and assorted other sophistry.
For the modern Democratic party, the DLC - New Democrats - Third Way Democrats, whether they be committed idealogues or simply go along with the program, this is quite an onerous process. They have to simultaneously push the neoliberal and neoconservative agenda and world-view while flashing their credentials as heirs to "the great liberal tradition" (Heh) of FDR, LBJ and the like; friends of labor, the poor, the downtrodden, minorities, truth, love, beauty, justice, kindness, and, of course, GOD & COUNTRY! and the FLAG! and FREEDOM! and WAR! and EXCEPTIONALISM! and REGIME CHANGE! and all that.
It isn't working all that well anymore. "Buy into into endless wars of choice because we are a little less racist and sexist than the other guys" just isn't selling as well as it used to. It is 2016, and we are into the 35th year of the Reagan Revolution. The most massive deregulation, arguably, was done by Democrats, "New Democrats", as was the across the board attack on government, a whole massive program to outsource, privatize and otherwise minimize government. Need I bring up "welfare reform" and "The Overpolicing and Mass Incarceration Act of (1994?)". Endlesds wars, interventions, Regime Change as an open slogan, even though it is pretty clearly a violation of international law to overthrow sitting foreign governments by force and/or subversion, not to mention formalized extra judicial assassinations?
The Democratic party, if it wishes to regain traction needs to return to being concerned for the citizenry and for civilization, for peace and justice. It needs to seriously try to represent and help the populace. That isn't a process of changing a few figureheads like DWS, but of the entire infrastructure and weltanschauung - they have to just forget the whole thing about "selling" shit - a good product will sell itself.
I wish I could say that I really expect this shock to start that process, but I've seen no movement in that direction.