The talk this morning is of conceding a bitter election defeat and bringing a divided country back together again.
Fine. I’m willing to go along with that.
But first, some fingers need to be pointed. Names need to be called out. The guilty should be identified. Heads must roll.
Let’s make one thing clear. The floundering Democratic Party establishment failed us. They had the money. They had the machinery. They had it all. All the so-called elites, the political operatives, the sycophant enablers, the corrupt party leadership — they all fumbled what should have been a rout of epic proportions. This should have been as ass-kicking. Well, I guess it was.
Democrats were all but gift-wrapped what should have been a massive electoral landslide of 1964 proportions with the nomination of a candidate as vile as Donald Trump. This should have been a slam dunk, a grand slam, and a hole in one. Instead, it turned into a pick-six and a strike out and a triple bogey. And we, those of us who adhere most stridently to progressive values, we will ultimately end up paying the heaviest price for the failures of our failed “leadership.”
We told you so. Democrats had a golden chance to nominate a thoroughly likable and trustworthy presidential candidate who, even with what some might consider far-Leftist views, still enjoyed widespread high marks for integrity and the respect of his political adversaries. But now, all the evidence plainly shows the Democratic National Committee conspired against the more electable candidate. Accordingly, in the face of such an embarrassing defeat, every DNC executive should resign immediately.
Moreover, the Democratic Party must completely expunge its congressional leadership. All of them. They need to go. These names have become politically toxic to a majority of Americans. Sen. Harry Reid can’t retire quickly enough. Rep. Nancy Pelosi must be stripped of her minority post in the House of Representatives when Congress re-convenes next January. Anyone in a position of power in this party must step aside for their failures on such a massive scale. Debbie Wasserman Shultz should be recalled by her constituency. Donna Brazille, whom I once greatly respected, should never be allowed to work again in a position of trust. John Podesta will go down in history as the campaign chairman who couldn’t manage a used car lot.
Democrats absolutely blew the presidency. They blew control of the Senate. They blew the chance to pick up substantial seats in the House. Democrats blew it in all the state races, as well. Once again, they failed to pick up any significant victories in gubernatorial elections or winning control of state assemblies. Despite enjoying all the advantages of a well-oiled machine, they crashed the family car into a tree. Now, we the progressives will take over the drivers seat. My message to the Democratic establishment: Get out of the car. You can walk from here. In fact, take a hike. We’re taking over.
Here’s a call out to all my fellow progressives, especially younger people. Now, it’s time to step up. Big time. Yes, many of the previous generation, my generation, let you down. So, your time has come. We are counting on you. We need you.
I’ll be looking ahead for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to take over this movement, which includes the millions of Bernie Sanders supporters who now desperately crave a new voice and guiding light. We need Rep. Gabbard and other new voices not only to step forward and be heard, but to articulate a message to Americans that progressives stand for causes which are vital to our future — equality and protection for all, inclusion both economically and politically, dedication to a clean environment, and other virtues which are now seriously in danger with the election of Donald Trump.
We must not merely accept defeat gracefully. While we must adhere to the principles of a peaceful transition of power, we must also retool our message and (most important) replace our messengers in order to reverse the terrible pain of this awful moment.
More thoughts to come……