There has been a long term conflict within the Democratic Party, about how to win elections, and that has translated into differing strategies about the 2018 campaign. In the one hand, we have a progressive approach with a strong liberal economic message. On the other, we have a more moderate approach, that is more traditional and less about identity politics. My question is this. Does it have to be an either or proposition?
The largest number of Democratic congressional candidates in decades is putting into play dozens of House districts across the country, raising the possibility of a bitterly contested midterm election cycle next year as the party and its activists try to take advantage of President Trump’s unpopularity to win a majority in the House.
Yet these candidates and their supporters are also waging a battle among themselves about what the Democratic Party should stand for. After a string of defeats in special elections this year, activists across the country are pitted against Washington-based leaders and strategists about what the message and the tactical plan should be to win the 24 seats needed to take control of the House.
Democrats as well as independent observers believe that figure is attainable given historical trends, Trump’s and the congressional GOP’s sustained unpopularity and the ballooning number of candidates with gold-plated résumés willing to run.
What they don’t agree on is how to do it — by exciting the base with a liberal economic message and fiery candidates in the model of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), or by keeping the party’s doors open to moderates and independents with centrist contenders, ideally with business or military experience… [emphasis added]
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In my opinion, all candidates must be committed to a liberal economic agenda. However, candidates need to tailor their message to coincide with issues that are important to the voters in their districts.
I can’t stand Joe Manchin (D-WV). In most things that he does, he acts more like a Republican than a Democrat. However, I’d rather have him that a Republican in his seat, because he counts toward a Democratic majority, with all the power and control that would bring. But a better solution might be a candidate that campaigns like Manchin, but works to educate his constituents over time and acts more like a Democrat.
In summary, we need both approaches working together, not a battle between them.