“The future of the Democratic Party, and by extension the country, may well depend on whether the party is finally willing to ditch its fretful posture of peacemaking and give war a chance,” Alex Pareene writes in “Why Are Democrats Such Cowards?” for The New Republic. From that paragraph:
Most other Democrats at least have the sense not to extend that rule to their actual general-election opponents. But even when Democrats deign to declare that they are opposed to Republican rule, it frequently seems forced, as if they’re pandering to their supporters while secretly hoping their nonsupporters won’t get offended. At the heart of this predilection for the flight over the fight is a tacit ideology that is wildly out of step with the political reality of Trump’s America, where villains abound with almost comic ubiquity. And it is an ideology that, for the first time in living memory, is being challenged by an invigorated populist left, not only out of principle, but also out of a sense that the old way is naïve and ultimately self-defeating.
It’s 2019 and the Democratic Party still believes George McGovern lost the presidency last night. The thirty-year-old Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think so, nor is she terrified by the opposition — why should she be when she is secure about her beliefs?
In conversations with old pals in the last six weeks, swapping anecdotes about how the insouciance with which our relatives share scalding views on race, gender, and tax dollars has had a purifying effect. We keep our opinions close, yet they assume they must regale us with what talk radio hosts assaulted them with on Tuesday; they’re doing us a favor by educating us, I’ve heard. Always the sense of grievance, of martyrdom; always the outrage when they realize the people they’ve marginalized fight back. For us, enemies are easy to identify. An enemy declares himself one — to your face, with glee.
To believe Nancy Pelosi maneuvers, with Rooseveltian guile, to place herself in a position where the majority of her caucus wants to impeach and she must, with deep sighs, accede to their demands isn’t still an act of magical thinking. But it’s the rest of us citizens, stumbling through this fog of lies, who require more from the majority we sent to Congress last November.