Lord knows I’m not in much of a position to give advice to the Democrats in Washington.
If I had any influence they would never have nominated the most flawed and distrusted candidate possible to take on and lose to someone so awful and equally, if not more, distrusted.
Shortly after the results came in I suggested that the Democrats follow the Republican and Tea Party playbook and be the Party of no for the next two or four years.
As I thought about it, talked with friends and relatives and looked at the data and concrete conditions, I have questions.
None of my questions have to do with the thousands of young people who have taken to the streets across the country against Trump.
They are courageous and inspiring.
None of my questions have to do with the teachers who have welcomed their students, no matter their religion or homeland, with promises of love and protection.
The Republicans showed that a minority in opposition can cause a lot of problems for the ruling party. They showed that they can even win back the White House and both houses of Congress.
On the other hand, there is not a robust left inside or outside the Democratic Party that can function as the Tea Party functioned in the Republican Party.
Yesterday I wrote that in bargaining with Trump it will be difficult to keep the racists and international conspirators likes of Steve Bannon separate from deals with Trump, as the headline in the New York Times suggested Democrats like Schumer were trying to do.
The Democrats must be pushed to be in opposition to Trumpism and any war planning, and racist, sexist or homophobic legislation that he and the GOP propose.
Trumpism must be blocked and frustrated at those points, in the street and in Congress.
But beating back the implementation of Trumpism requires tactics that split the Republicans, undermine Democrats who want to surrender and win back voters who went for Obama AND Trump.
And keep up the movement in the streets
But start by demanding that the racist Jeff Sessions never becomes head of the Justice Department.