The partisan Democratic echo chambers may be dancing the jig right now, but I remember how the Iran-Contra Scandal didn't help with Dems win the White House in 1988. Nor did the Clinton impeachment help the Repubs win the 1998 mid-term elections.
This is good news for the United States of America:
Progressives all over the country are mobilized.
They've beaten establishment candidates in Birmingham, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi, and may soon do the same in Atlanta, Georgia and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The People's Convergence had their um, convergence, last weekend. A couple reports follow, one from the Green Party, one from the World Socialist website.
(Link to People's Convergence website - http://convergence2017.org/)
One definition of a politician is someone who sees which way the wind is blowing and goes in that direction. OTOH, it is possible to sail against the wind. Methods for doing this are called tacking or beating. However, even these methods one cannot sail directly into the wind. (BTW, the whole essay is one big nautical analogy. You have been warned.)
Lately I've been seeing a lot of articles pushing back against the idea of the Democratic Party changing their focus for reasons of race.
Some of the articles come from a place obviously motivated by fear, such as this one.
Democratic Senators Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, and Charles Schumer look on as the
Senate Judiciary Committee issues new subpoenas in the Russian election meddling investigation.
Chuck Schumer had a public eleventh-hour epiphany:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a thinly veiled message to Hillary Clinton, saying that “you blame yourself” if you “lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity.” Schumer never explicitly mentioned Clinton but there was little doubt who he was talking about while discussing the broad effort by the Democratic Party to come up with a new messaging strategy ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” Schumer said in an interview with the Washington Post.
There is a level of being out-of-touch that is frustrating.
There is a level of being out-of-touch that is infuriating.
And then there is a level of being out-of-touch that is embarrassing.
The Democratic Party has now reached that new low.