Conservative columnist George Will all but suggested that the Jon Ossoff race in Georgia dictates that the Democratic Party go Left to win elections. It was stunning, in the manner he said it.
George Will suggests that the Democratic Party go Left
George Will is no Progressive or Liberal, but he is paraphrasing Progressives as he makes the case to Democrats without being explicit.
"This epical election to pick one hundred and thirty-fifth of one-half of one of our three branches of government matters only if they misconstrue what happened," George Will said. "Progressives are saying, he won the primary and won, Ossoff did, by saying vote for me and make Trump furious. Then he won and became militantly vanilla, campaigning against government waste, that we are going to have a high-tech North Georgia and all of that; If they say that if we only go hard Left, we will bring people out. If they say we are really more interested in realigning the party for the long term than winning elections in the short term, then what happened in Georgia will really matter."
True, he is paraphrasing what many real Progressive Democrats are saying, but in the context of the Jon Ossoff race, it is important. When Ossoff loss the passion of fighting for something, a thing people could feel, he just became another Democratic policy wonk. Most know that is important, but one cannot campaign in that fashion.
Moreover, Republican Lite just won't do. There is a stark difference between the parties', Republican and Democratic, platform and ideologies. But most of the country is stuck to neither. We also know that Democratic policies are more in line with the vast majority of Americans. It is incumbent upon Democrats to boldly articulate them, fight against the incoming fallacies, fight against them with complete resolve, and mean it. Yes, it is time for Democrats to go Left. Centrism and Republican Lite-ism failed because people will always take the real thing over the imitation.
Democrats will only win 2018 with a bold Progressive agenda without compromise. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Cure it before it is too late.
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