Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Talking Democrats off the ledge

Digby issues a timely warning:

I said this yesterday and I'll repeat it. This image of "powerlessness" at a time when the Republicans are on the ropes is the biggest problem we face for the fall elections. If Democratic pols don't understand that they are flirting with terrible grassroots defeatism, then they are going to lose. They must take action (and I don't mean boring press conferences and 10 point plans) or it won't matter a damn if the Republicans are on the ropes --- demoralized Democrats are not going to bother with them. Come on. Speak for us. If not now, when?

Many in the party leadership don't seem to realize just how precarious is the coalition of interests backing the Democrats this Fall. I am surrounded by Democrats who are as pissed at their leadership as they are at the Republicans, yet they stick with the party because it is the only hope they see of bringing about real change.

But that hope is balanced on the edge of a knife. It is threatened every day by the actions of the leadership that tempt many in the grassroots to just throw up their hands, yell "fuck it!" and walk away.

It is exhausting having to repeatedly talk Democratic activists off the ledge whenever the leadership craps on their efforts. Right now this coalition is being held together by an even smaller group of activists who are willing to make the effort to do that talking. But if the leadership isn't careful, no amount of our work will make a difference and the party will end up hamburger on the sidewalk.

My message to the leadership: wake up before it is to late!

9 Comments:

Anonymous Medley (sometimes J from VJ) said...

Chris - I saw your comment in Digby's thread and came over to see if you were posting again. You are spot on. I've even threatened not to vote in '08 at all (except for possibly down-down-down-ticket races) if this abject nonsense continues.

Now, TheSpouse points out that it is very unlikely that I (who was more excited about being able to vote than being able to drink legally) would really go through with such a threat, but I do find myself tempted by the possibility to say a pox on all of their houses... and the spineless, cowering Dems have 2.5 more years to continue persuading me that our democracy is dead.

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Blogger K. Ron Silkwood said...

The old line of "vote for us because we aren't Republicans" just isn't going to cut it any more. The Democrats are going to need to take a stand and actually demonstrate some principles, or they have received their last vote from me. I'll write in "Mickey Mouse" before I lend any support to a spineless "opposition" party.

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Blogger Chris Andersen said...

Waiting for the Democrats to "come to their senses" isn't going to cut it anymore. We are going to have to force them to do it.

Activism means being active. It means pushing and pushing and pushing to the point of exhaustion, and then pushing even more.

I watched a documentary last night about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. These two women worked for over 50 years to get women the vote, and died before it became a reality.

If they can work that hard for that long, I can certainly work the 10-20 years it might take to get the Dems to turn around (and yes, I think it could take that long).

I'm tired of waiting and I'm tired of those who are tired of waiting.

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