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Democrats' "Better Deal" Is Everything Wrong With the Party and a Bum Deal for Progressives

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  • Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party
    • More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections
    • Do Democrats really believe that chasing Trump voters while alienating people of color will win elections?

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Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party

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More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.

Miles Kampf-Lassin | In These Times / Moyers & Company

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller.

July 28, 2017 | The story of the Democratic Party in 2017 has been one of timidity and stubborn resistance to real change.

In the immediate aftermath of the party’s preferred candidate facing a humiliating defeat in last year’s presidential election, questions swirled over what direction the party would take to respond to the new political reality. With Democrats at their weakest position in decades, having lost over 1,000 seats in states and Congress over the previous eight years, it appeared that a drastic shift in how the party operated was in store.

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Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections

http://media.salon.com/2017/08/anti-trump-620x412.jpg Do Democrats really believe that chasing Trump voters while alienating people of color will win elections?

Christopher Sebastion Parker, Salon

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 | Progressives have a problem. When it comes to their message, it’s all noise and no signal. For instance, in a recent Washington Post poll, only 37 percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party had a clear policy and stood for something. To remedy this, late last month the leaders of the Democratic Party unveiled their new platform under a new slogan, “A Better Deal.” 

On the surface this rebranding, as such, seems a good idea. It promises to (1) make it easier for the base to identify what the party represents, and (2) furnish daylight between the progressive program and the Trump-led GOP. The new message is geared to win working-class whites through a razor-sharp focus on economic policy. But this strategy will not only fail to win additional votes, it will risk alienating almost half of the party’s base by ignoring race and issues associated with racism.  

Christopher Sebastion Parker is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Washington. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago, Parker also served in the United States Navy. He is the author of "Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America" (Princeton University Press, 2013), and "Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South" (Princeton University Press, 2009). Parker also writes a column, “Race and Rage,” for The Conversation.

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