What democrats should resist in picking new party
Posted: March 3, 2017
Democrats are showing signs of life after November's shocking election losses. They are energized and turning out in large numbers for marches and two halls. They chief adversary, President Donald Trump, has low approval ratings and is prone to self-inflicted wounds. Yet, as they convene in Atlanta to select their new party chairman last week, the Democrats should resist the temptation to let their far left-wing control too much and to assume that indignation alone cannot win elections.
The first few weeks of the Trump administration reinforce a key point that Hillary Clinton failed to drive home: Many of Trump's policies will not help the people who voted for him. The most prominent example of this is Trump's plan to repeal Obamacare, which allowed 20 million people to get health coverage, and replace it with a soon-to-be-determined, "something terrific".
Recent polls suggest the Republicans' repeal-and-replace message is not nearly as popular as they might think. Beyond defending the Affordable Care Act, Democrats also have a chance to press a message of economic fairness on taxes. Like the Obamacare repeal, the Republicans' tax reform plan would send money flowing away from Americans of modest means and back toward the rich.
The new Democratic Party Chairman is former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. He barely edged out Republican Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Since that time of the election, more than 1,000 elected posts have been lost; 50 statehouses have been lost; and it is something Democrats have not seen nationally in more than 90 years.
Trump and House Republicans have proposed reducing the top tax bracket from 39.6 percent to 33 percent for those making more than $418,400; they also want to eliminate all taxes on inherited wealth. It ought to be easy for Democrats to point out the hypocrisy of Republican populism and provide an alternative vision, one that should help them appeal to some of the white working-class voters who deserted them in 2016. Nor it is hard to imagine a backlash against Trump immigration and refugee policies that harm families and otherwise sympathetic neighbors, colleagues, friends and relatives.
What Democrats should not do is write off Middle America and become the party of costal elites and unarticulated rage. The "not my president" theme of marches on President's Day strikes the wrong cord. So does reflexive opposition to everything Donald Trump doe