Secular-Progressives are in total meltdown and denial concerning the reasons for the GOP's landslide victory on Tuesday. In fact, it seems that some are actually arguing that it wasn't a huge victory for the GOP at all:
They were voted out because they voted for secular-progressive-liberal-quasisocialist policies! Hello? The progressives survived mostly because they were entrenched, their opponents were not strong, or they were in extremely safe dem districts.
Wow...where to begin
1. Of course it was the economy. Duh. That doesn't mean it excuses the loss or that the Dems had no control of what happened.
2. Yeah...it's just that you didn't describe it well enough. It's not that it's been prohibitively expensive, intrusive and totally ineffective or anything. Shit!
3. They sounded pretty coherent to me. They ran on repealing Obamacare, extending the tax cuts, cutting the deficit and reducing spending/growth of government.
4. The Democrats DID run up deficits without creating jobs. Has the author noticed that the Dems have controlled Congress for 4 years, and have controlled both branches of government for 2 years?
So? Perhaps they were demoralized because they knew the Dems failed miserably? Nah...can't be that.
Now, here is the "plan" to return progressives to power and enact their agenda:
As delightful as it is begging rich people for money all of the time, it’s not a sustainable model--and it has some pretty serious drawbacks when income inequality is a big problem. Instead we need to focus on creating virtuous cycles where our success leads to increased capacity and reliable funding streams.
Wait, I thought the GOP was the party of the rich and Dems were the party of the little guy? Oh, and don't cross your fingers on success. When Americans realize what the term "progressive" means in a political context (that is, beyond the dictionary definition), they don't like it much in most places.
Right now there are serious capacity problems in Congress that make what we want very hard for even the best-intentioned members and staff to do. Staffers are profoundly overworked......
....There used to be internal think tanks in Congress (such as the Democratic Study Group) to do some of the heavy lifting and organizing by analyzing legislation, creating shared talking points, and driving process reforms. Gingrich defunded them after the 1994 election to consolidate more power in the Speaker’s office while crippling Democrats...
LOL. Did someone forget that they had all the power for four years, including a speaking that ruled with an iron fist? Oh, and ....they brought up Gingrich!
Filibuster abuse crippled the Senate, making it impossible to do the things necessary to aggressively create jobs, address climate change, and even fill key positions in the Administration and the courts. The country is suffering as a result. Fix the damned rule.
*Exception: Fix the rule unless it's used against judicial nominees of a Republican president.
Oh my God.
We need to be strategic and data-driven. Right now we are rarely either.
Who IS this woman...Donna Brazille?
Progressives have gotten better about rewarding our friends and punishing our enemies, but if voting against key Democratic initiatives....
O thought Obama got universally hammered for framing it like that?
We need to stop pretending that we can each focus on our own siloed issue and ignore the rest of the progressive coalition. Unless we build the capacity of the progressive coalition as a whole, we won’t win anything big.
Yes, excellent idea. Let's put on our Team Red and Team Blue jerseys and GO FULL RETARD. Let's tailgate!
8.\tReward team players.
9.\tGrow the farm team.
We need to nurture progressives who are willing to be bold and engage—whether they win or lose.
One would think she'd have realized by now how insanely wrongheaded her analogy is....
10.\tFind ways to engage people where they are, including online.
While Democrats are out of power in the House, there will be an opportunity to help some of them better reach their audiences via new methods. How might they better use Facebook? Twitter?...
That's the ticket! Let's use EMAIL and SOCIAL NETWORKING. This is starting to sound like one of my in-services on technology in education. You mean I can use Outlook to create distribution lists!?!?!?
....12.\tPressure the Administration to act on things it can do unilaterally.
The Obama Administration can do a whole lot by executive order, administrative rule-making, and strategic appointments.
So basically, ignore the will of the American people. More Czars, anyone?
No, they can't...actually.
And now, for my very favorite part of her 13 point plan:
The American people are actually pretty progressive:
No, they are not . That is 100% totally wrong. The American people are--by all objective measures--- actually pretty conservative.
Don't even get me started on this guy.