The worst thing that could possibly happen is for the party’s conservatives to read McAuliffe’s loss as a sign that Americans are turned off by the Democratic agenda.
Max Burns is a Democratic strategist and the founder of Third Degree Strategies, a progressive communications firm. His writing has appeared in outlets including the New York Daily News, Business Insider, NBC News and Buzzfeed. Follow him on Twitter @TheMaxBurns
And Democrats need to hold Republican politicians to account for opposing things that their supporters like.
His contempt for Congress could be what finally forces Democratic lawmakers to stand up for themselves and reassert their powers.
What’s lazy here isn’t families who could use the help, but Manchin’s thinking.
The party has mostly abandoned the popular agenda that helped it to win power just last year.
Democratic lawmakers would’ve balked at passing both a $1.5 trillion spending bill and a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill in 2016. Now that sum is too small to be taken seriously.
Republicans have barely needed to lift a finger as large portions of Biden’s agenda have been shredded up on Capitol Hill.
The past 20 years have demonstrated that it is woefully ineffective at improving American national security. Republicans don’t mind—do Democrats?
She laid down a credible threat, and got results. Now she needs to sell her progressive colleagues on settling for most of what they demanded instead of blowing the whole thing up.
Biden’s been silent, Pelosi is passing the buck, and Obama is throwing himself a party. If this is what the party is good for, it’s not worth much.