No Mayor Emanuel 2018 Is NOT A Foregone Conclusion

“It ain’t gonna happen in 2018,” Emanuel said Monday at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in California. “Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul.”

Are you kidding me Mr. Mayor?  Are you absolutely serious about that statement?

Give up the fight to take back Congress before it even really starts?

And that’s not all Mayor Emanuel had to say during his talk at Stanford.

But this time he didn’t hold back on his frustration with some of his fellow Democrats.  “Winning’s everything,” he said. “If you don’t win, you can’t make the public policy. I say that because it is hard for people in our party to accept that principle. Sometimes, you’ve just got to win, OK? Our party likes to be right, even if they lose.”

Am I hearing correctly?  Is the Mayor lecturing his fellow Democrats to (further) abandon their party values in order to win statewide and national races?  Then of course this should come as no surprise.  He is used to lecturing people (or communities) when they need real solutions instead of a finger wag.

Since the Mayor is indulging us in some frank talk, perhaps it’s time to repay the favor.

Mr. Mayor you are wrong about taking back Congress.

If anything the activism of the past week and the women’s march are a strong indication that the collective political memories of our country aren’t quite as short as ours is in Chicago.

Clearly the President has his supporters, but it would seem that a vocal contingent of folks are realizing what they have to lose (health care or insurance) or the inexperienced person they elected.  Either way, they are making themselves known.

While a year and a half is a political lifetime in most cases, I think we can all agree that as a country we are not experiencing a “most cases” scenario.

Now is the time to turn emotions into action and get organized.

Turning Congress blue isn’t guaranteed and it isn’t going to be easy but telling people “It ain’t gonna happen” and “Take a chill pill” is not what I expect to hear from someone of your stature Mr. Mayor.  Furthermore, I find it ironic coming from someone with your aggressive reputation.

When the Republicans lost the last two Presidential elections, they didn’t abandon their core beliefs & values.  Instead they doubled down on their message.  Progressives should take a page from their playbook.  The Democrats should not abandon their message and values.

If anything, can be learned from this election cycle, it should be that the Democrats abandoning and/or taking their base for granted is done at the expense of winning elections.

Those narrow loses in those traditional blue states were the fruit of the Democratic party ignoring the plight of the working and middle class.  Major financial interests almost destroy the American economy and get bailed out by the government.  The average American gets a poorly written HAMP plan.

Now make no mistake, the President ran a horrible, divisive campaign of shallow promises and zero substance.  Yet the very people who ultimately voted against their own self interests were so desperate to be finally be heard, that they fell for the bluster of a self absorbed  huckster.

And I rest that blame squarely on the shoulders of the Democratic party.

So instead of shrinking from a fight for the soul of this country Mr. Mayor, the Democrats need to reiterate what they stand for.  They need to effectively communicate their values and how those values are good for the prosperity of our country.

What the Democrats don’t need to do is to change their message so they can win elections.  There needs to be a clear line in the sand of what separates today’s Democratic party from the foolishness that has descended upon Washington.

The very base that you should be invigorating Mr. Mayor are organizing without you and other senior Democratic leadership.  Compromise and analysis of a loss is one thing, suggesting that the left starts dog whistling loud enough to draw it’s own set of deplorables is not.

It seems that the base is  going about finding a new way to win without your approval.

Because 2018 is not a foregone conclusion.




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