I watched David Axelrod smiling on CNN last night as the results came in.
Actually, I never see Axelrod smiling. I just imagine he was smiling because the Democrats did really well in the elections yesterday, while Trump and the GOP did really badly.
The thing is that for weeks we have been told by the Democratic Party establishment that the continuing contest for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party between the progressives and the centrists would only result in keeping power in the hands of the Republicans and Trump.
Here is my analysis of that: Nonsense.
The big wins were for the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia. Both were won by establishment Democrats and won with huge turn-outs, especially in Virginia.
Thank you President Trump.
But in addition there are now two more African American lieutenant governors, two elections that went to transgendered candidates, an African American woman as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, a Progressive civil rights lawyer as District Attorney in Philadelphia, a Sikh mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, a self-proclaimed socialist in the Virginia House of Delegates and a big win for expanded Medicaid in Maine.
The Democratic Party establishment fear mongered that continued debate was a bad thing. It would hurt them at the polls. Just the opposite occurred.
That’s my take-away from yesterday.
Can you just run and win by going after Trump and offering nothing new? Perhaps, in some places.
But it looks to me like many voters have moved way beyond the limited vision of the centrist Democrats.
So barring indictments or war, last night was a good predictor for 2018. And continuing the battle inside the Democratic Party is nothing to fear. In fact, it is the perfect antidote to Trump and Trumpism.
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