Why Democrats will lose in 2014
May I remind you we heard the same defeatist crap from Dem leadership in 2006, when we took back the House? Pass it on!
— Susie Madrak (@SusieMadrak) February 1, 2014
I take Susie's point, but she is forgetting a big difference between now and then. While the Versailles Democrats on Capitol Hill were defeatist, the Democratic National Committee, then headed by Howard Dean, was filled with optimism about the 50 state plan. There was a grassroots-DNC coalition that was sure Democrats could win, and they did win. They kept winning as long as Howard Dean was running the show. Then Obama took over, dismantled the 50 state operation, and Democrats promptly began to lose.
And there is another difference, Obama has destroyed the Democratic brand. People really really thought that if Democrats took over it would make a difference. I thought that. I really thought that if Democrats took power there would be war crimes investigations, regulations to protect the environment, and ending the wars. Lots of people believed that. No more.
This disillusionment with the legacy parties is a huge opportunity for emergent parties. If Democrats are not interested in winning (and they aren't) then emergent parties have the opportunity to prove that they can win. But in order to do that they need to organize at the local level. I have some more posts about that coming up shortly.