I am thoroughly disgusted with the overall Democratic party. The party doesn’t fight. It doesn’t attack. It doesn’t defend. It doesn’t loudly label things what they are, as lies, misinformation and irrelevancies. The way has been paved for another party, the Republicans, that cares about nothing but seizing and holding control, to say and do whatever might work, with impunity. Democrats try to be ladies and gentlemen in a barroom fight. It’s stupid and a waste of time.
Think about it. We started by throwing overboard the candidate that all sources indicated would do best against Trump, Bernie Sanders, because he also represented change. Then we sneered and scoffed our way through a campaign that we presumed was all but won. During the prior 8 years, while the macro-economic picture (Dow Jones and labor statistics) leaped ahead, we ignored the people who were still in the pits in the very states we always need to win. There was no rust belt task force. We couldn’t win Governorships in those states, why would we think they’d vote for our Presidential candidate?
Then, a few weeks before the election, the CIA turned out the report on Russian hacking to help Trump. Obama called the leaders of both parties together to propose a bipartisan effort to disclose and attack this interference. Mitch McConnell said “No!” If Obama went ahead with this, McConnell would brand it as political interference. So, our typically Democratic President dropped the idea. It wasn’t even allowed to leak out until well after the election. After? Let them succeed and then discuss it? Eight years ago, after the Bush years, we needed a fire-breathing dragon, and we got a debater. We’ve still got him. Not the sort of leader for people in small towns and cities with real problems.
Finally, it took a couple of weeks after the election for the 4th party candidate to announce she was going to challenge the election in 3 states where there were also paper ballots. Slowly and reluctantly, the Democrats agreed, several days later. Now, Trump and the Republicans are thwarting that effort with lawyers, guns and money. I have no idea how a real recount would go, but we’ll never find out. Even if we had pitchforks and torches, we wouldn’t know what to do with them.
I really consider myself to be a Progressive, but there is no nationally effective Progressive party. And, even if there were, parties in this country do not have the sophistication to know when and how to play kingmaker. Ralph Nader in 2000 could have ruled the election by simply encouraging his supporters to vote for Gore in one contested state, Florida. He didn’t. He kept insisting that Gore and Bush were the same. They clearly weren’t. Does anyone hear from Nader anymore?