Time for Democrat leaders to learn to say more than “Thank You”

Up and voting before dawn

❝ It’s not an accident that Doug Jones was so popular among black voters. He prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham that killed four black girls in 1963. Mr. Jones also campaigned with quality black surrogates, like the former basketball player Charles Barkley, Senator Cory Booker, the former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, Representative John Lewis and Representative Terri Sewell, Alabama’s only congressional Democrat. Mr. Obama even recorded a robocall for him. Mr. Jones visited black churches and historically black colleges, and focused much of his get-out-the-vote effort on black voters…

❝ Mr. Jones’s victory should wake up the Democratic Party. Black people made up 13 percent of Democratic voters in 1992, but that figure rose to 23 percent by 2014. Yet a majority of them think the party takes them for granted and doesn’t even try to win their votes, according to a 2017 survey. We are drowning in reports on how Democrats can win the white working class. But blacks are the ones who have a much more robust history of turning out to vote and winning elections for Democrats.

Nationally, I couldn’t agree more with this premise. Most places I’ve lived and worked throughout this nation, incumbent Democrats work hardest at joining whatever is the Old Guard…who, in turn, work hardest at absorbing insurgent candidates into that cadre which generally gets campaign funding in equal measure to Republicans. The closest either wing of America’s bourgeois democracy gets to classless. They both are led by and funded by the same class.

They have a tough time trying to fold the independence and courage of America’s Black Liberation soldiers into the Democratic Party. Outside of joiners willing to submit to any epoch’s white middle-class analysis. Whatever that pallid imitation of a platform may be that year. Include independent Hispanic thinkers into that army and you must recognize it takes politicians truly blinded by their self-importance to ignore the point of the spear that can puncture the stinking gasbag entity that is today’s Republican Party.

14 thoughts on “Time for Democrat leaders to learn to say more than “Thank You”

  1. List of X says:

    Don’t Democrats already support the BLM movement, affirmative action, higher minimum wage, and a stronger safety net, and defend the voting rights of (disproportionately black) voters from the Republican disenfranchisement. Democratic party could certainly do more than that, but they already do more for the black voters than the only other major alternative.

    • James Baskett says:

      Many people have long felt that Democrats come around during election time asking for their votes, but then do not fight for the issues that matter most to them, several political operatives said. They have also expressed concern that Democratic spending on minority communities was not commensurate with the loyalty that they show to the party. An analysis three years ago found that 98 percent of the money the major Democratic committees spent on consultants went to those who were white.
      The eight Democratic organizations with budgets of at least $30 million last year all had white leaders, according to Steve Phillips, an activist and fund-raiser. Mr. Phillips also found that of the first $200 million that independent Democratic groups allocated during last year’s presidential election, none of it went to mobilizing black voters. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/us/blacks-alabama-doug-jones-.html

  2. Batter Up says:

    “Texas primaries are an early test of Democratic voter enthusiasm” https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/texas-primaries-are-an-early-test-of-democratic-voter-enthusiasm/2018/03/05/96fc80aa-20c3-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html?utm_term=.cf397f18c64e Texas voters will go to the polls Tuesday to finish casting the first congressional primary ballots of this year’s midterm elections, and a surge in Democratic turnout during two weeks of early voting already has some predicting a leftward move for the reliably Republican state

  3. Old Yeller says:

    “Why the Democrats Just Lost the Senate” (Politico May 10, 2018) https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/10/can-the-democrats-win-the-2018-senate-midterms-218330 “…Roughly one-third of the Senate is up for election every two years, but this time the Democrats are defending almost three times as many seats as the Republicans are: 26 to 9. While Democrats simply need to net a measly two seats to win back the majority, they must do it by running a gantlet through Appalachia and some of the whitest, most rural, least Democratic and pro-gun terrain in the nation.”

  4. Root hog, or die says:

    “The Democratic rebellion may finally be here” (Business Insider) http://www.businessinsider.com/the-democratic-rebellion-might-finally-be-here-2018-6 “The way you take over the Democratic Party is you support progressive women of color who know how to f—ing organize. Everything else comes second,” Sean McElwee, a progressive activist and pollster, tweeted on Tuesday.
    VOTE TODAY! : The Courage to Change | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign ad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq3QXIVR0bs

  5. Fernando Wood says:

    “Democrats Strip Superdelegates Of Power In Historic Reform Vote” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dnc-approves-historic-reforms-strips-superdelegates-power_us_5b8165d0e4b034858600dcff “The vote, at the DNC’s summer meeting, marked the culmination of more than two years of debate, hand-wringing and negotiation over the future of the party. The biggest change approved by the more than 400 voting members of the DNC addressed the polarizing issue of so-called superdelegates ― the delegates at the presidential nominating convention free to support a candidate of their choosing, regardless of how primary or caucus voters cast ballots in their state.”

  6. Yowser says:

    “Ayanna Pressley is set to become the first African-American woman elected to the US Congress in Massachusetts, following a primary upset.” (BBC) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45419835 “The 44-year-old Boston city councillor beat House veteran Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic nomination. She will not face a Republican opponent in November’s mid-term election.
    It is the latest in a series of victories for progressive, young and minority candidates representing the Democrats.This year has also seen a historic amount of female candidates run for Democratic nominations.
    In a speech after her win, Ms Pressley said: “Change is coming and the future belongs to all of us.”

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