FDL Late Nite: Democratic Defeatism
I said this yesterday and I’ll repeat it. This image of "powerlessness" at a time when the Republicans are on the ropes is the biggest problem we face for the fall elections. If Democratic pols don’t understand that they are flirting with terrible grassroots defeatism, then they are going to lose. They must take action (and I don’t mean boring press conferences and 10 point plans) or it won’t matter a damn if the Republicans are on the ropes — demoralized Democrats are not going to bother with them. Come on. Speak for us. If not now, when?
Declaring defeat NOW let’s them off the hook now. It’s not a question of trusting them, as one friend of mine wrote to me today. It’s a question of understanding and thinking about what will be most effective in bringing pressure to bear on them in the battle to come. I submit that declaring them a lost cause TODAY is not only not effective in this fight, it is harmful. Before we decry the defeatism of our Democratic officials it is best that we avoid it ourselves.