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2016 Postmortem

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Wed Nov 16, 2016, 03:38 PM Nov 2016

The cracks that divide us must be healed [View all]

NOTE: As a "swing state" with large urban areas that received attention not afforded to rural and suburban areas, Florida provides a case-study for healing the divide in the rest of the country -- Brook


The cracks that divide us among FL Democrats must be healed
by Kartik Krisnaiyer | The Florida Squeeze (POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR)

The FDP Chairs Race has gotten off to a rip-roaring start with progressives and more moderate Democrats aggressively picking sides and trading barbs. This comes just a week after a devastating electoral defeat here in Florida. The realization that years of neglect have left us with an infrastructure incapable of withstanding GOP wave elections become more apparent on November 8 — and the solution to this will take years of hard work on the grassroots level and the implementation of a disciplined organization both from an activist and messaging perspective.

2016 was billed as a Democratic wave year – the combination of new, fairer Congressional & State Senate maps and Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump would push the party to victory. But instead what ensued was yet another cycle of missed opportunities and outright losses for Florida Democrats — a cycle where the state was not immune from national trends and one where the divisions within our state party were once again liabilities.

The primary season was brutal, but no more divisive than it was for the Republicans. The Presidential primary divided progressives and moderate Democrats, minority voters and white liberals, creating a poisoned atmosphere entering the fall.


Whomever assumes control of the Florida Democratic Party is going to inherit a wounded animal — one whose infrastructure and effectiveness has long since waned. Florida Democrats have lost 17 of the last 20 statewide races and 17 of the last 18 statewide cabinet races — a record which is comparable to that of deep red states in the interior of the country. The new chair will also inherit a party with a progressive wing that does not trust the establishment, and an insider clique largely based in Tallahassee who routinely does lobbying business with Republicans despite representing themselves at election time as dyed-in-the-wool Democrats.

The base of the Democratic Party has been reduced to urban counties in southeast Florida and around Orlando in addition to college campuses around the state and heavily African-American influenced rural Gadsden County. In terms of geography it would be almost impossible to cover less ground in this state than the Democrats currently. The rebuilding must start soon and should commence around the Tampa Bay area and Volusia County — the ends of the I-4 corridor which gave the Democrats a rude awakening last week while the party was racking up record margins of victory in the middle of corridor in Orange and Osceola Counties. The I-4 corridor is more than just Orlando, and Democrats need to rekindle enthusiasm in Polk, Pinellas, Volusia and Hillsborough counties as a first order of business.

The party is cracked, even fractured. But with new leadership, a fresh vision and a willingness to engage all stake-holders the rebuild can commence. For the sake of democracy, Florida needs a vibrant two-party system, and the Democrats have failed to give Floridians that option for years on now. It's time to start rebuilding, beginning in areas with large populations where the Democrats were not successful in this most recent election.

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The cracks that divide us must be healed [View all] nashville_brook Nov 2016 OP
It is my opinion that the FDP needs to stop running from progressives. NCTraveler Nov 2016 #1
we have to do something different, that's for sure. nashville_brook Nov 2016 #2
We won a house seat in my district!!!! Took it from the Republicans. NCTraveler Nov 2016 #3
lot's of good wins in Central FL: HD-49, SD-13, CD-10, CD-7 nashville_brook Nov 2016 #4
Orlando is moving past purple into the blue. DirkGently Nov 2016 #28
you can thank the Democracy Alliance for that nashville_brook Nov 2016 #31
Blue Dogs / Neolibs / "center left" Dems / DON'T KNOW HOW TO WIN ELECTIONS. DirkGently Nov 2016 #29
1 Buckeye_Democrat Nov 2016 #33
Indeed. We can probably trace that back to 1950... Ken Burch Nov 2016 #7
I'm going to guess "donor money" has always been the reason? DirkGently Nov 2016 #14
WELL THERE'S A THOUGHT. n/t DirkGently Nov 2016 #30
Time for some progressives up in here. DirkGently Nov 2016 #5
Blue Dog BBQ needs to exist...the name is just too good. nashville_brook Nov 2016 #6
Please tell me that place would just serve brisket and ribs... Ken Burch Nov 2016 #8
You must try the pulled Blue Dog as well. DirkGently Nov 2016 #9
I will take some burnt ends n/t DVRacer Nov 2016 #34
Ummm. Burnt ends. n/t DirkGently Nov 2016 #37
I don't know what Florida Dems need to do to fix it. geek tragedy Nov 2016 #10
Stop taking orders from the DNC? DirkGently Nov 2016 #11
Where are the good statewide candidates? geek tragedy Nov 2016 #12
Grayson was far better than Murphy. DirkGently Nov 2016 #13
I preferred Grayson, but the domestic violence thing did him in as much as anything. Ken Burch Nov 2016 #15
There was never any indication there was "DV" DirkGently Nov 2016 #17
that, and Alan Grayson ran multiple hedge funds nt geek tragedy Nov 2016 #18
The "Hedge fund" was another blue dog cheap shot. DirkGently Nov 2016 #19
He also has temperament issues. He was an extremely flawed candidate. geek tragedy Nov 2016 #21
there was no DV nashville_brook Nov 2016 #32
Yep. Saw that play out. Ugly. DirkGently Nov 2016 #38
Grayson flamed out. He was a walking ethical/legal time bomb geek tragedy Nov 2016 #16
Both lies from his Dem opponents. DirkGently Nov 2016 #20
and the Republicans wouldn't have used that against him? nt geek tragedy Nov 2016 #22
They hadn't managed to before. DirkGently Nov 2016 #23
he was in a safe D district, a lot different than running statewide nt geek tragedy Nov 2016 #24
True, and Rubio might have won regardless. DirkGently Nov 2016 #25
here's the alternate theory: geek tragedy Nov 2016 #26
So,it was a "helpful" dishonest torpedoing of good Dems? DirkGently Nov 2016 #27
the party destroys the talent. nashville_brook Nov 2016 #35
The donors are literally the Republican funders DirkGently Nov 2016 #36
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