This article in The Hill points to the Democrats’ uncivil war within the ranks. What’s important to highlight is the fact that both sides are right.
For instance, The Hill reports that Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary, said “This has been a huge refutation of establishment politics and the political organization has got to be changed…if the Democratic Party can’t do it, we’ll do it through a third party.”
Later in the article, an unnamed Democratic strategist said “The Sanders people should be mad at themselves. If they had come out to vote, Donald Trump wouldn’t be president. If they were trying to prove a point, all they’ve done is further damage everything they claim to be fighting for. It’s somewhat typical of that crowd.”
It’s indisputable that Hillary Clinton represented the establishment. It’s indisputable, too, that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren don’t represent the establishment whatsoever. Anti-Establishment Democrats face a dilemma as do Establishment Democrats in that Tuesday night represented a refutation of anti-Establishment policies and a refutation of Establishment politicians.
Robert Reich definitely believes in the uber-left’s policies. It isn’t a secret that he’s a true believer. That being said, there’s no doubt that the unnamed strategist quoted earlier is right. Running farther to the left will hurt Democrats. I wrote here that Democrats of all stripes have been rejected. Typical Democratic policies like income inequality and minimum wage simply aren’t appealing to many people. The American people want pro-growth policies where people at the lower economic rungs have a chance of becoming the next Bill Gates, Michael Dell or Fred Smith.
The Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren wing of the Party is too focused on what I’d call the jealous wing of the Democratic Party. Similarly, the Establishment wing of the Democratic Party is in disrepair. In this article, Krystal Ball proclaims “Call me crazy, but I don’t think Wall Street’s favorite senator, Chuck Schumer, and San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi are the ideal people to address the economic anxiety of middle- and working-class Americans and credibly call for reform.”
She’s right. Schumer and Pelosi haven’t had a fresh idea in over a decade. They’re contributing nothing. It’s time to put them out of our misery. In the end, this picture symbolizes the upcoming Democratic Party’s uncivil war:
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