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Winning in 2020 must be the top priority for Democrats

Today’s Democratic Party has a diverse range of ideologies, constituencies, and interests. They all must understand that none of them will get what they need if President Donald Trump wins re-election.

Out of all the crises facing the United States, none of them can be properly tackled without removing Donald Trump from the White House and Republicans from power up and down the ballot. Which is why I find it infuriating that Democrats spend more time attacking each other than their political opponents.

I propose that the different factions of the Democratic Party, from the national level down to the local level, have a series of meetings where everyone can make their priorities clear, and more important, make the case for why their tactics and strategy will ultimately work to defeat the current president and his enablers on all levels.

When Democratic candidates have debates, they shouldn’t attack each other so aggressively. They shouldn’t shame people for running for Senate, but rather support them. Former Colorado Gov. John  Hickenlooper is a perfect example of someone who must be supported. The Democrats running for president should not ever again attack President Barack Obama’s legacy. As much as I admire him, former Vice President Joe Biden is not President Obama.

In addition, the different factions of the Democrats must make some agreements about who is going to pursue what races, agreements not to interfere in each other’s races except to support each other during the general election, and never to attack each other outside of primary season — and at the very least keep attacks behind closed doors.

If Democrats do not get their act together soon and prioritize victory in 2020 above everything else, we are going to have, at minimum, four more years of this nightmare.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 09/04/2019 - 12:28 pm.

    The writer of this piece seems not to realize that it is the Democratic primary voters, not the party or the candidates, who will decide which Democrat will run against Donald Trump in 2020. Those voters are already doing their job, by giving–or not giving–money to candidates, and by watching debates and campaign activities. Polls and money will continue to winnow this field; not to worry.

    And, that gigantic original field, the twenty-something candidates, have not been too bad at refraining from personal attacks on each other. Most of them agreed at the outset to emphasize policy differences and not personalities. That’s a huge difference from the way that Trump runs his little world! Do you remember how absolutely vile the Republican primary was in 2016–it’s ugliness, mostly caused by Trump’s vileness?

    We’ll be fine. Tom Steyer can go on being a multi-billionaire who uses his huge fortune and his free time to run against people with real political chops and possibilities. Andrew Yang ;might realize that he’s got some maturing yet to do (good ideas, though). And so forth–this is fascinating to watch and follow–with Warren growing in support with her every appearance.

    And the Democratic voter who pays attention will realize that we just have to keep pointing out that today’s Joe Biden is running on Obama’s legacy, not his own, and is just not as sharp and as crisp as he once was. He’s showing his age, and it’s the candidates who are left on the stage at this point to convince the frightened older and black Democratic voters that they can, indeed, vote for a younger person with ideas.

    We can be Democrats, and win! Support the Democratic candidate in 2020, and we’ll beat Trump. We don’t have to run scared at this point, despite this writer’s panic.

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