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Thu Jun 9, 2016, 03:59 PM

 

Progressives have not held this much political power since FDR. We will decide the general election.

The question is, what policy positions will be endorsed by whom in order to bring out our clout???

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Reply Progressives have not held this much political power since FDR. We will decide the general election. (Original post)
grahamhgreen Jun 2016 OP
frazzled Jun 2016 #1
HereSince1628 Jun 2016 #2
surrealAmerican Jun 2016 #3
hobbit709 Jun 2016 #4

Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 04:11 PM

1. I don't think so

We're not going to have numbers like this to carry out a legislative agenda for some years:

When F.D.R. took over the Presidency in 1933, the Democrats controlled 64 percent of the Senate seats and 73 percent (!) of the House seats, counting independents who were sympathetic to the party. And those numbers only increased over the next couple of midterms during their peak during 1937-38, the Demorats actually controlled about 80 percent (!) of the seats in both chambers.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/obamas-no-fdr-nor-does-he-have-fdrs/


I think we need to be realistic about how difficult the struggle to progress will be. We may well take back the Senate (though not by such a large majority as FDR had), but given current districting, it's going to be hard to take the House back just yet. Though who knows, with the Donald looming over the nation's heads, the whole country may flip!

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 06:26 PM

2. The largest body of organized progressives in the US remains inside the democratic party

It's a shame that so many want to walk away from that.

I'm disappointed that Sanders organization isn't doing more, even if its mostly calling for patience and to keep us busy together until we get beyond the convention.

I get that he's busy and that organizing for the convention could be very important to a future movement.

But any progress at the convention won't mean anything if the supporters goes diaspora.




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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 06:35 PM

3. I wish I could share your optimism ...

... but I can't. I'm too afraid we will be edged out of the Democratic Party - again.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Thu Jun 9, 2016, 06:37 PM

4. Say what?

All the power is in the hands of the corporations and their minions in both parties.

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