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Capt. Obvious

(9,002 posts)
Fri Jan 9, 2015, 09:10 AM Jan 2015

Progressives Seek Control Of The Democratic Party [View all]

As Republicans take control of Congress for the first time since 2006, the Democrats' crushing midterm defeat and the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have empowered the progressive wing to step up their fight for the soul of the party ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Their message: Stop catering to big business. Listen to populists like Warren on how to rebuild the tarnished brand. Champion transformative ideas that will improve the lives of middle class Americans. If not, Democrats are toast in 2016.

"I can tell you, if Democrats try to adopt a Third Way, Democratic Leadership Council-type philosophy where we abandon average working Americans, we're not going to be successful [in 2016] or in general," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told TPM. "This is a time where people talking about raising wages, fair trade bills that do no offshore our jobs, strengthening the right to organized labor unions. This is that moment to grab those issues in order to be successful. And if we abandon those issues and we sort of become Republican-lite, we're not going to be successful."

With Democrats' popularity at a record low and the party now in the minority in the House and Senate, the progressive caucus and outside activists say the party is now free to stop cutting bad deals with Republicans and must draw red lines against legislation designed to help narrow, wealthy interests.


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Yep. We want Dems to uphold Democratic principles in office! Thanks for posting. RiverLover Jan 2015 #1
And for someone who thought my Senator (Tammy Baldwin) was a liberal, AllyCat Jan 2015 #7
The thing about Progress liberalmike27 Jan 2015 #23
The current Progressive movement is, I think, Inspired by the Progressive movement in the early JDPriestly Jan 2015 #64
Third Way website sounds like a GOP website Mnpaul Jan 2015 #43
And they're using those Pew "polls" as proof Americans want their conservative policies. RiverLover Jan 2015 #46
"If we abandon those issues?"... stillwaiting Jan 2015 #2
I heard it best described on the local AM station today Mnpaul Jan 2015 #44
Wish I had a local AM station like that here in Ohio. You're lucky. nt RiverLover Jan 2015 #47
Its the old Air America affiliate Mnpaul Jan 2015 #48
Minnesota is so lucky. JDPriestly Jan 2015 #65
Exaxtly. whathehell Jan 2015 #66
The party of "not republicans" is definitely how some advertise themselves here. NewDeal_Dem Jan 2015 #71
Good! No more Corporatist BS! Run Senator Warren, run!! n/t benz380 Jan 2015 #3
Clintons Are Bushes Tools billhicks76 Jan 2015 #49
I'm inclined to agree -- Bill Clinton & Poppy Bush, for example, have been 'buds' whathehell Jan 2015 #67
It's A Fact billhicks76 Jan 2015 #69
Jeebus.. whathehell Jan 2015 #70
Dude! billhicks76 Jan 2015 #72
A "dudette", lol, but no problem. whathehell Jan 2015 #73
Here's the infamous pic~ RiverLover Jan 2015 #74
Wow...Thanks! whathehell Jan 2015 #75
ENTHUSIASTIC K&R! nt MannyGoldstein Jan 2015 #4
K&R DocMac Jan 2015 #5
The best strategy for the oligarchy is to weaken the Democratic Party by supporting rhett o rick Jan 2015 #6
The problem is there is nothing SomethingFishy Jan 2015 #20
I recommend that you support Progressive DEmocrats via organizations outside rhett o rick Jan 2015 #30
If you work for a living, bvar22 Jan 2015 #33
I absolutely agree. Starve them. nm rhett o rick Jan 2015 #40
Many communities, towns, and cities, have Democratic Clubs. Find one that aligns Luminous Animal Jan 2015 #51
THIS^^^^^^^ calimary Jan 2015 #53
The small city of Richmond California shows how years of local hard work can yield Luminous Animal Jan 2015 #55
While I agree this is very important, I think there is a huge schism between local rhett o rick Jan 2015 #54
Those Democrats that claim it can't be done? The ones that say vote for the lesser of two evils? Enthusiast Jan 2015 #32
I have been.. my ignore button has been busy lately SomethingFishy Jan 2015 #38
You Have My Support billhicks76 Jan 2015 #50
A heart that's pure. aspirant Jan 2015 #56
Great Rhetoric - Tired Of Waiting For Action cantbeserious Jan 2015 #8
And they should. With the Democrats being flattened by the GOP, and the party at record low dissentient Jan 2015 #9
+1. My thoughts as well. If they can't beat a bunch of blathering idiots with 3rd grade mentalities adirondacker Jan 2015 #12
Wasserman-Schultz rolls merrily along aspirant Jan 2015 #57
Conservatives are in the Democratic Party to help Republican interests... there is no 3rd way whereisjustice Jan 2015 #10
I agree. LuvNewcastle Jan 2015 #13
It's very sad that people will not engage politics .. when it has so much influence over the quality YOHABLO Jan 2015 #45
K&R. riqster Jan 2015 #11
K & R L0oniX Jan 2015 #14
HUGE K & R !!! - THANK YOU !!! WillyT Jan 2015 #15
Social Democrats FTW! grahamhgreen Jan 2015 #16
I am a progressive Democrat, or an independent. I am not an automatic Democrat. I certainly Maineman Jan 2015 #17
K/R Jack Rabbit Jan 2015 #18
Witness the President's stance on Keystone XL kentuck Jan 2015 #19
I wish it were so, but the bottom has fallen out of the bitumen sludge market. hedda_foil Jan 2015 #35
Either that, Volaris Jan 2015 #39
2016 I will actively campaign against any politician that wishes to govern obxhead Jan 2015 #21
Good. I believe this is the way forward lovemydog Jan 2015 #22
Damn straight!!!! We're not losing because voters prefer Republicans, we're losing because....... LongTomH Jan 2015 #24
The dem party should start disseminating this as widely as possible & then ask, CrispyQ Jan 2015 #25
Great post. Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jan 2015 #26
I LOVE That One... WillyT Jan 2015 #42
K & R nt 99th_Monkey Jan 2015 #27
Finally, it was a long time coming! sabrina 1 Jan 2015 #28
K&R! I'm tired of republicans in nature being democrats. The democratic party needs to RKP5637 Jan 2015 #29
K&R! This post deserves hundreds of recommendations! Enthusiast Jan 2015 #31
DURec! bvar22 Jan 2015 #34
K&R hay rick Jan 2015 #36
Thank God. nt silvershadow Jan 2015 #37
That would be nice and would probably draw votes. Kablooie Jan 2015 #41
"When Democrats act like Republicans, they lose" meow2u3 Jan 2015 #52
Yes....Finally.... supercats Jan 2015 #58
K & R davidpdx Jan 2015 #59
The "centrists" have just about killed the party. let's hope it's not too late Doctor_J Jan 2015 #60
K&R for the original post and subsequent informative posts and links. JEB Jan 2015 #61
K&R ReRe Jan 2015 #62
Third Way DLC Types, please step away... NYC_SKP Jan 2015 #63
K&R raouldukelives Jan 2015 #68
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