There’s been some talk lately across the Cheddarsphere and Facebook that perhaps some Wisconsinites who typically vote for Democrats may be sitting out the 2014 election. I don’t think that’s a very good idea as either a quiet protest of Burke/Tate/DPW, or a threat to coerce stronger progressive issue positions from Mary Burke, but I think a lot of mainstream Dems exacerbate the problem with the set of talking points they seem to have organically developed from within their ranks, and from some of the more blatantly dumbassed remarks that emanate from their incumbent electeds . So in order to attempt, from my tiny pulpit here at Blogging Blue, a rescue from the downward spiral that is currently Dem politics in Wisconsin, I’m going to offer a set of recommendations to you, the Dem faithful. Bear with me. I’ll address my progressive brethren in another post soon, but this one is just for you.
1. Email Peter Barca and Chris Larson, cc Mike Tate, and tell them to muzzle any legislator or candidate or party official who starts telling the press that we’re screwed until 2020, which is when we’ll have our next chance to redraw legislative boundaries fairly or, in their words, elect a new governor. Tell them to STFU with that stuff. All of those dire predictions are predicated upon analyses of the known electorate and historical electoral trends, which surely have strong predictive power, but these things aren’t absolute. Talking that way precludes any discussion at all of possible solutions beyond conventional political so-called wisdom, like how to mass mobilize presidential year and new voters. And why in the hell would anyone vote if we’re screwed until 2020? Think about it, for Chrissakes. It’s puny, pathetic, and pitiful. Knock it the eff off.
2. Quit telling people who criticize Burke or the DPW that they’re helping to re-elect Scott Walker. This betrays a one-dimensionality of thought unbecoming of grown, presumably cerebral, people. And it’s puny, pathetic and pitiful.
3. Cease and desist with the Tea Party/Progressives false equivalency. We are nothing like the Tea Party. The issues we champion, like Medicare for all, progressive taxation, jail time for criminal bankers, living wages, and an end to wars fought for Wall Street profits, are often supported by a majority of the American people, as well as a majority of the people who attend your conventions and pass resolutions and the planks of your platform. Saying that we’re like the Tea Party betrays a one-dimensionality of thought unbecoming of grown, presumably cerebral……. so on and so forth.
4. Quit calling progressives purists and crybabies who whine because they don’t get everything they want. Again, most of our positions on issues have been quasi-codified by your members through the process laid out in your by-laws, so we’re hardly being either pure or whiny when we expect candidates and party officials to be at least familiar with the dust covered platform binder lost somewhere in the back room of the DPW office in Madison.
There you go. Four simple recommendations for at least attempting to stem the boycotting mentality of independent progressive voters which you fear will doom Mary Burke’s chances in November.
You can thank me later.