20 February 2017

Jimmy Dore and Thomas Frank: On Why the Democratic Party Is Dead


One more time.

My fear is that well-meaning people will focus on 'getting rid of Trump,' without considering what sort of leadership will replace him.

Hillary Part Deux?   Or some other corporatist stooge from the GOP who runs a smoother, more polished con on the working class?

Really?  How neurotic is that.  And yet for the predatory class, such chaos serves their purposes very well.  Fear and confusion make people compliant.

The Democrats need to take a hard look at themselves and the reasons for their failures. Not the party faithful so much, but the party leadership.  Their failure has been spectacular.

They did not just lose the Presidency. They lost almost everything, and it was theirs to lose. They did it in a way that was amazingly arrogant and out of touch with the public. This was not just a defeat; this was a willful disaster.

They were riding an enormous wave of popular support for meaningful reform in 2008, and they threw it all away. And for what. The Clinton foundation?

They must reform themselves and their organization first, and recommit themselves to the moral high ground and fundamental principles upon which their party had been based during the era of FDR.

They also need a new set of political visionaries and economic thinkers. The current set are dead heads walking, flogging the same old memes and failed policies. Watching Paul Krugman and Larry Summers continue to trot out the same old party line and elitist world view of corporate globalization is almost sad.

And the Democratic must do that before they can begin to offer an attractive alternative to the fanaticism and extremism which in a large part they enabled with their 'lesser of two evils' approach to the very real problems of inequality and imbalances that they had an active hand in enabling.

At the moment their strategy seems to be to let Trump fail, and then come back in to pick up the pieces from people who 'have no other choice.'  The foolish arrogance of their strategy is appalling.

Bernie Sanders showed a remarkable ability to energize the people and get them interested in politics. And he and his followers were crushed by the official party machine and the Wall Street Democrats.

This is a complete and total failure in leadership by utterly cynical and self-serving political hacks who unfortunately have risen to positions of power, and are determined to hang on to them until the bitter end.

cf: The Year of the Four Emperors