Andrew Sullivan: Democrats In A Political Coma, Failing The Resistance

If you only look at the headlines, one would think that the Democrats should be having some success. The Trump administration is engaged in rampant kleptocracy. Republicans are pushing a tax plan which many are calling political suicide. Republicans appear to be terrified by Mueller’s investigation, especially following the recent indictments.

Despite all of these apparent advantages, Andrew Sullivan points out that the Democrats are “failing the resistance.” He concentrated on how close the Virginia Governor’s race is, noting that the Republicans have a real shot of winning. Sullivan wrote, “That it could win in the state where actual white supremacists marched this past summer and when the president is 20 points underwater is a sobering reminder of the actual state of play in our politics.” He continued:

I can only hope it’s a wake-up call to the Dems. In 2017, they are either useless or actively counterproductive in the struggle to resist right-authoritarianism. They have learned nothing from 2016. Their intelligentsia seems determined to ensure that no midwestern whites ever vote for the party again. Their public faces are still Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi. They still believe that something other than electoral politics — the courts, the press, the special counsel — will propel them back to power. They can’t seem to grasp the nettle of left-populism. And they remain obsessed with a Russia scandal that most swing voters don’t give a damn about.They think they are “woke.”

They are, in fact, in a political coma.

What Sullivan left out is that the Democrats’ “political coma” includes failure to realize that they cannot be a meaningful resistance when their last presidential candidate represents what we are resisting, including her support for perpetual warfare, the surveillance state, and influence peddling. They cannot beat right-authoritarianism when the Democrats are embracing right-authoritarianism themselves, including rigging their nomination for one.

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    Joseph Auclair says:

    The so-called "Resistance" is the further left that hates Democrats, their party, and especially their commitment to global progressive democratic capitalism.

    Oh, and they're none too happy with white people, as a race, either.

    They are not the sorts of people actual Democratic voters like or would willingly choose as their leaders or representatives in office.

    And right now they are, in Virginia, throwing the election to a Trumpist out of rage at the Democratic candidate, endorsed by Obama and other actual Democrats, whom they opposed in the primary, anyway.

    Democrats need to suck up to them?

    Phooey.

    Want to take your ball and go home if the Democrats don't adopt your agenda?

    Then the GOP victories of 2018 and 2020 are on you.

    And Democratic voters will remember to thank you for that.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    What a disgusting bunch of lies to smear those who disagree with your conservative views. The Resistance is to your polices of perpetual warfare, the surveillance state, and a corrupted version of capitalism based upon influence peddling as mastered by the Clintons, along with other actions by Trump.

    It is also the Democratic establishment which plays with identify politics and practices racism. Again, your attempt to use racism here is disgusting.

    Any GOP victories in 2018 and 2020 are on you, not us–just as was the case with Democratic loses in 2010, 2014, and 2016. It has not and never will work for the Democrats to run as a Republican-lite party. Real Republicans will not vote for them, and they alienated independents and true Democrats. They might get a dead cat bounce in 2018 because of how awful Trump is, but long term your strategy is a dead end.

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