The American left’s 2020 mission: defeat Trump and change the world

For many on the left, getting rid of Trump is insufficient. Victory must be accompanied by fundamental political change In some ways, it feels like the left in America has been here before. Shortly before the 2004 election, previously inactive liberals were being energized into the electoral process to prevent George W Bushs re-election, which they believed would fundamentally undermine American democratic norms. In Derry, New Hampshire, drove over 2,000 miles from Kerrys home in Boston to Bushs former home in Midland, Texas, and met a lot of people like Pam and Patrick, who were drawn into the process for the first time. But I never met a single person who was enthusiastic about John Kerry. They just wanted to …

Do Democrats win by moving left? Or is moderation the key to victory? | Geoffrey Kabaservice

The ideological battle for the heart of the Democratic party is far from over For Americans who would resist President Trumps re-election in 2020, the outcome hinges on the answer to this basic strategic question: will the Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are too far to the left to appeal to the moderate majority of Americans? Or will Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are insufficiently progressive to excite the Democratic base? This basic question of moderation v progressivism was at the heart of the first of two Democratic debates in Detroit and doubtless will continue to be central throughout the rest of the primary process. By taking one …

The moderate squad: swing-state Democrats wary of leftward path

Trumps racist attacks on four progressives lit a fire but many say the middle of the road is the best way to the White House Two years ago, a chastened group of Democrats came to Berryville, Virginia. In a town of 4,300, in a Republican district they hoped to win, they unveiled a new economic agenda A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future. It was their roadmap back to power in 2018 a populist pitch to voters who left them for Donald Trump. Too many Americans dont know what we stand for, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told a crowd in a park off Main Street. The new vision, he said, would change that. Democrats took the House. …

fake news, racism, pew

Americans are more worried about fake news than racism, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. The poll found that exactly half of American adults rank fake news as a very big problem in the country today. Only 2 in 5 felt the same way about racism, rather stunning considering the meteoric rise of race-motivated hate crimes in recent years, particularly since President Donald Trumps election. Though its no secret that the planet is already experiencing extreme weather and serious weather-related catastrophes, not quite half believe that climate change is a big problem. Their opinion on this will probably evolve around the same time that humans start growing gills a la Waterworld. The poll delved deeply into peoples feelings …