Followed by this.
Egberto chastised the Democratic Party for two bloody years and repeatedly said we were not going to win with our current message. Then we won the House w/ a huge GOTV effort! What happened? I thought you predicted we were going to lose the midterms?
Daily Kos is becoming a joke. How many days or weeks will pass before you write about how Pelosi and company are already attacking progressives instead of Republicans? Common Dreams covered it; now Daily Beast does too: https://www.thedailybeast.com/dear-nancy-pelosi-and-house-democrats-why-are-you-embracing-trickle-down-economics
But Daily Kos is completely silent.
We created wins in Texas by bringing down two of the most potent Texas Republican congressmen, who both had tremendous Republican Party establishment support. We expanded the base by bringing out folk yearning for a message that resonated with them, a progressive message.
In my county, Harris County, a bunch of progressives from Swing Left, Indivisible, and Black Lives Matter mobilized District 7 by knocking on doors, having town halls, and phonebanking on health care and more. We had progressives such as Judge-elect William "Bill" McLeod spend their own money to create a countywide ground game the county party establishment only picked up after it had generated excitement and its success was undeniable. We ferried Rep. John Culberson out of there. A shocked evangelical pastor, one of the political makers in the state, could not hold back his emotions as he referred to Democrats as godless.
If one looks at the successes throughout the states, it's clear we mobilized on decidedly progressive messaging. It is ironic that we are making the argument today that Democrats feared to make in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Imagine if we had not allowed Republicans to set the narrative through our timidity to take a stance. We could have made the same cases in past elections that we are making now with conviction. When they spoke about throwing Grandma under the bus or off a cliff, about “death panels,” we should have come back about sanctioned murder by politicians, insurance companies, and others who supported the former system. When they spoke about socialized medicine, we should have had every Democrat traveling with contingents displaying how the health care system works in France, Taiwan, and Canada, with interviews from real people. But timidity and laziness were the order of the day. We can make similar arguments for many other progressive tenets, from education to family leave, and many others.
I do believe most Democrats are in fact progressives. Most Americans are. I've written about that reality several times. The issue is that many Democrats look at the values we hold as unattainable in practice, and instead of fighting for them, they start from a compromised position. Progressives wish to start from exactly where they are. The common ground is the values of most Democrats and progressives. That being the case, our governing rule for coexistence is simple: Understand that we want the same thing. Agree to disagree on tactics. Give your support to any particular action each faction takes.
One less conciliatory note, however: There is a small faction within the Democratic Party that is too close to the plutocracy. They make our messaging more difficult, because even though they are not as bad as the Republicans, they put business interests first instead of societal interests. We must promote their exit by showing them, as Beto O'Rourke almost did, that small donations can win the day.