Will the Democrats reject "centrism"?

Democrats fear that voter turnout will be low in 2012 due to dissatisfaction with President Obama’s policies and due to a feeling that change is hopeless.

If Democrats want progressives’ votes and help, they should stand up to the corrupt, corporatist Democrats by openly criticizing centrists such as President Obama and Governor Gregoire, and by pressuring centrist legislators to mend their ways.

Otherwise, millions of voters (especially progressives) will distrust the Democrats and will either not turn up to vote or will vote third party. Democrats can’t expect progressives to “place nice” and forget and forgive, even if the Republicans are far worse (which they are, especially on women’s rights and taxation). Democrats can’t put the genie of centrism back in the bottle.

This battle may tear apart the Democratic Party, but who wants to support a compromised Democratic Party that aides Republicans? Many of my progressive friends tell me that you can’t trust the Democrats. But I see no viable alternative, so I want progressives to take over the party, the way religious conservatives and Teabaggers took over the GOP.

Most of the party activists and PCOs I know in Washington State are quite progressive, but they’re fearful of criticizing centrist Dems, lest they aid the Republicans.

Perhaps things will get so bad that the voters will stop voting Republican. Already the Republicans seem to have overreached, for example in Wisconsin. A sad hope.



3 Replies to “Will the Democrats reject "centrism"?

  1. I don’t like the idea of purity tests for candidates. It cost Republicans Senate seats in Connecticut and Nevada. If our tent gets smaller, and progressive primary wins cost us in the general election, the teabaggers would then wield even more power.
    We need a huge turnout in 2012 in order to defeat Rob McKenna. We won’t accomplish that if we turn on Obama.

  2. The idea that not being a party loyalist aids the enemy, namely the Reps, is misplaced. Party loyalty is really double speak for not having an opinion or an unwillingness to stand up for a position on the issues. A true patriot does not sell out to anyone.

  3. A credible, qualified liberal willing to challenge Obama in the 2012 primary is needed. Then we will know if the voters want another nominee. I think Schumer could put together a victory. He has consistently taken liberal positions on the Senate Finance Committee. Another is Rendell of Pennsylvania. Schumer is a much more forceful public speaker.

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