Let’s start with Senator Sanders:
…then this …
…and this sweet thought for Representative Ellison…
…but let’s also keep in mind this thought…
Unity is critical in an ongoing battle against ungoverning FDR’s nascent modern state which balances the excesses of the free market with the needs of America’s people. The Republican Party has become the party of misdirection, misinformation and ungoverning. We the people (as opposed to we the people with money and influence) must remain unified under the umbrella of the Democratic Party until that time there is a more effective political tool in our political tool shed.
That means we the people will win some and we’ll lose some but we can never give up.
If we give up, who will fight for doing all we can to avoid environmental catastrophes? Who will fight against toxic income inequality and fight for equal opportunity for all while taking into account systemic and historic cultural and legal imbalances?
In short, who will fight for sustainable governing for all of us, not just those who can pay enough to access the levers of power?
references: (last one was updated after initial publishing)
There was another serious pragmatic reason to believe the party needed Ellison. Like Sanders, he had the momentum and energy. Keith Ellison could get young people excited about Democratic politics. He had a way of connecting with people. Even Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post, who had supported Hillary Clinton, was incredibly impressed with Ellison when he spoke to him, because of Ellison’s unique gift for explaining progressive values in concrete and relatable terms. In an era where Democrats are losing incredibly badly at every level, they needed someone who could motivate people and get them to organize. They needed someone who would harness the force that led to Bernie Sanders’ massive rallies, an enthusiasm that Hillary Clinton could never generate. With a significant segment of those people seeing their candidate yet again blocked (this time by an even more absurdly undemocratic process, in which ordinary party members had absolutely no say), it’s hardly likely that Perez will be able to energize those same forces. Electing Ellison was essential because it could have kept more left-wingers from quitting the party in disgust, and helped bring back some (much needed) robust grassroots organizing.
Now, progressives in the party are further alienated. Good luck getting them to vote for Democrats. No matter how many people may have insisted that Ellison/Perez wasn’t a replay of Sanders/Clinton, it’s impossible to deny that in some ways it was. The progressives needed to receive some kind of gesture. And they have received one: an enormous middle finger.
once more for emphasis quote:
This call for an economic-centered brand of liberalism is what galvanized so many of (Bernie’s) supporters
- Jonathan Martin & Maggie Haberman – NY Times.