The Democratic Party Needs to get it’s Act Together
If you want people to vote for Clinton in the general, I have some suggestions.
1) No more “mistakes”, “shenangians”, “accidents” or whatever you want to call voter suppression. I don’t think Clinton needs people to keep “helping” her with this stuff and if she does then she doesn’t deserve to be president. If she can’t stop it herself, she needs to come out and vocally condemn it.
2) Sanders supporters are NOT just idealistic hipsters, they are a pretty diverse bunch and they are LEGITIMATELY ANGRY about LEGITIMATE PROBLEMS, when you are dismissive of that anger or those problems you aren’t helping the Democratic Party
3) I want to hear the positive things about Clinton, not just how she’s not Trump or how Sanders can’t win so I might as well give in. What has she done? How has she done it? What kind of person is she? What are some positive things about her? I’ll bet you anything that I can actually make a more effective list than any list anyone has given me this election because I know her record like I know the back of my hand. But that’s not my job during the primary, it’s her campaign’s job. Voters don’t have to cater to her. She has to cater to them. That’s how representative democracy works.
4) I want her to really adopt some aspects of the progressive platform that a majority of her party supports. At minimum, I want to see her push harder for a higher minimum wage, for paid leave, and for reforming some aspects of the political system and Wall Street. I also want her to explain to me how she’s going to fix the aspects that were gutted in the Voting Rights Act and how she’s going to increase Democratic voter turn out. Other people might have a different list. There are of course, other things I want, but coming out strongly in favor of these things would be a good start.
We NEED the Bernie supporters to vote this fall. We need them to stop Trump and threatening them with Trump isn’t working. Bullying them into it isn’t working. Being dismissive isn’t working. Being elitist isn’t working. What has happened with Hilary during this election is symptomatic of a larger problem with the party, which is that they’ve been out of touch with the people they serve for decades. I used to harp on this rhetoric when we were undergrads, do any of you remember the lectures you used to get when you asked me why poor white people vote Republican? There’s nothing wrong with Kansas. There is something wrong with our party and we need to fix it before the fall.