Oh, boy, but this will be fun.
In a sign of the left’s new aggressiveness, a coalition of liberals is trying to marginalize a centrist Democratic policy group that was responsible for a Wall Street Journal op-ed article this week that said economic populism was “disastrous” for the party.
The coalition, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and three other liberal advocacy organizations have urged their members to contact a group of congressional Democrats who are honorary leaders of the centrist group, Third Way. It published the op-ed article on Monday contending that the liberalism of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio of New York City and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would lead Democrats “over the populist cliff.”
Via Mediate. I know that the Left is automatically going to discount any advice that I give it, which is why I’m going to do precisely that: Democrats gain power when they look like centrists; they lose power when they govern like progressives. 2006 and 2008 did not happen because the American people woke up one morning and decided that what they really needed was more hardcore liberalism in Congress; those cycles happened because Congressional Democrats successfully masked their contempt for flyover country, and Barack Obama successfully masked his contempt for Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately for the Democrats, they themselves didn’t really internalize this, which is why 2010 smacked the Democrats down into the state of divided government that we know and enjoy* today. With 2012 largely being a push on that existing state of affairs, and 2014 currently lining up to be a long-overdue second set of spankings for Senate Democrats (I hope Harry Reid understands that he will not enjoy being Senate Minority Leader), that leads us to 2016 as one heck of a primary battlefield for Democrats.
Good luck selling single-payer, gun control, and rolling back the Gosnell abortion clinic reforms, Democrats.
PS: There is, by the way, no such thing as an authentic Left-populist movement in this country. Every time one looks like it’s about to start up it immediately gets flooded by anti-globalization, anti-war, trans-national, blackshirt anarchist, various flavors of socialist, radical environmentalist, and all the other splinter groups of the Commie-doesn’t-focus-group-well-anymore-so-don’t-call-them-that Left. Happens every time, and (speaking as a partisan hack) thank God for that. Makes it really easy for the Right-populists (which do exist, and who are not tame lions) to snap up the comfortiable bourgeois stakeholders who keep your popular movements grounded, effective, and free of proscription lists. But if the Democrats want the Professional Left to do the same thing to them that the Professional Left did to Occupy Wall Street… well. Not my party, not my problem.
*Well, I’m enjoying it. If only I could apply to Obamacare the same sloth and inactivity that we’ve managed to successfully impose on the rest of the federal government for the last few years**…
**Given that the American people apparently aren’t planning to give back the House to the Democrats any time soon, I think that I have some pretty compelling evidence that the country agrees with me.