Monday, February 27, 2017

Activism is the New Money! @realDonaldTrump is a Symptom of #Democratic Failure. #Perez vs #Ellison? Wake up #DNC!

No, this is not an Alternative Facts article about about protestors getting paid. That’s a load of crap. I know many who have protested. I know of none who have been paid. This is an expression of concern and hope for the DNC.

Perhaps there is real hope with Perez and Ellison leading the party. Perez has been recognized as an excellent manager, something the DNC very much needs.

Ellison is great at getting out the vote, another thing the DNC really needs.

We are reminded that Perez has much more in common with Ellison than with old school methods used by past leaders.

Perez would not have been elected if he were old school.

The state DNC members who voted Perez in are excited, willing, and ready for change. A substantial number were newly elected themselves, and many of the rest have already been pushing for change.

Perez being new school or old school isn't the main issue. His behavior in the primaries and his networking within the party are something that concerns some, as well as the optics of rejecting Sanders's choice.

It might not be a deal breaker for some Democrats, but many are not happy and might need more convincing.

The swing voters who have fluctuated from feeling good about the DNC to feeling disenfranchised are critical to success. Even some long time Democrats have begun to feel disconnected and have joined that squeaky wheel. The DNC needs to start start making some of them feel a little better and more like "us" so they don't become "them.".

But why did they vote against Obama's ban on taking corporate PAC money? Are they pandering to corporate interests? Or is it just pragmatism?
It takes money to run campaigns. And the opposition is certainly well funded. And we don't want to force Democratic candidates to take a knife to a gun fight.

But Clinton had a pretty good bit of money. Some might not buy that pragmatist argument outright. Obama won with a different strategy. Sanders had donations enough, even fighting against the system. Sanders and Obama both proved that fundraising success can be achieved by getting more people involved on a personal level.

Activism, that's the new money.
Treating the concerns of the Sanders' bloc as non-issues is bad strategy. There are lots of districts, with diverse constituents, issues, and challenges. Corey Booker's troubles show how reactionary some on the left can be, rather than being measured, pragmatic and focused. Reactionary people tend to be active though. Pretending this isn't important is a bad strategy.

Is it even wrong to react? Of course people react to what they consider very big issues. Discounting what a large portion of your constituents feel is important in the wrong thing.

There needs to be a very strong response to the concerns of those who are nervous about corporate influence. It would be a very smart move to initiate a messaging campaign along with some concrete steps to reassure them that the money coming in is not buying undue influence.

The DNC needs money for races all over the country. Proactively addressing the concerns of those who comprise the least secure supporters is the best move. The perception of the establishment as corrupt is widespread. Simply snarking at those who feel this way, which many do, is a losing game.

The DNC establishment needs to be powerful, as well as representative of good values, as well as transparent as hell, as well as responsive. It needs to focus on inclusive policies, as well as messaging, as well as branding. Sure, lots of Democrats can read polls and opinions and articles full of reasons and reasonable arguments. But that won't swell the numbers of supporters like needed.

Trump foments a mood and rides it like a wave. Regardless of how "stupid" the wave is...he and his are riding it. We need to get all our professors and nurses and half the people on his surf board over onto ours... and fast. Nothing is a non issue.

The numbers needed to win are the right numbers, not just the most numbers.
The fact that people are even paying attention to these less glamorous races is great. Trump has proven, yet again, that any attention can be used. The attention on DNC strife has everyone looking.

It's now up to Perez to come out and look like a winner, walk, talk and act like a winner while strongly embracing the progressive wing of the party. He needs to make overtures and basically say "Keith and I are gonna do this together." He started on the right foot with that. He needs to keep it up. He needs to be dynamic, and strong, and motivational
as hell. The DNC has a very strange and dysfunctional relationship with the concept of dynamism.
Trump is already campaigning hard. Every single Democrat needs to be doing the same.

"Corporate corruption of politics is a meaningful problem to many (think Citizens United). It seems more reactionary to decide to let the end justify the means. This could backfire when money starts coming in from unexpected places, with unfortunate strings.

"Aside from that hypothetical, if our system of democracy currently is functioning in such a way that it requires corporate money to accomplish anything, then we have a problem that will not be solved even by removing Trump.

"Government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations? No, thank you." - Margaret Waites