The Bankruptcy of Democratic Wing of the Institutional Democratic Party

The Calm Before The Calm

By Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

7/17/2014 at 12:45 PM

The annual Netroots Nation gathering is an almost placid affair. For example, in contrast to the CPAC convention, at which every wingnut with delusions of grandeur showed up and at which enough red meat was thrown out to give the Potomac atherosclerosis, this hootenanny is remarkably uncontaminated by major politicians, and especially by those national politicians who allegedly aspire to a higher office than the one they presently hold. The only real marquee names are Senator Professor Warren, who speaks on Friday morning, and Vice President Joe Biden, who pops in this afternoon to inflame the masses as only he can. Hillary Clinton is too busy having a really bad book tour.

Nevertheless, having been to CPAC, it’s hard not to conclude that the two national parties continue to have conspicuously different attitudes toward their respective bases. At CPAC, every high-profile Republican showed up, whether or not they happened to have five votes in the hall. Chris Christie got hooted at by the denizens of the monkeyhouse, and nobody seemed to know quite what to do with Rand Paul and his devotees. But they showed up. Here, once again, it is fair to conclude that the national Democratic party — at least as represented by its high-profile national figures — can still be scared away from its base and its issues by a strong breeze. The people at Netroots are being held at arm’s length in a way that national Republicans never would dare hold CPAC. And with the triangulated, deadening specter of an inexorable Clinton Restoration looming over everything, and that includes everything here, it’s difficult to see that changing very much. I’m sure Senator Professor Warren will get a wild ovation tomorrow. How long and how profoundly that ovation echoes in our politics is still very much an open question.

Yeah, Markos.  Things are better than ever.  How’s that working out for your business model Bucky?


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    • BobbyK on July 18, 2014 at 1:54 am

    taking 2016 vs Hillary Biden.

    When the choice is between a Republican and Republican-Lite, the genuine article will win.

    There will be no real enthusiasm for Hillary. The “Not as bad as the other guys” message just isn’t at all inspiring.

    “Hope and Change” was a joke. Can’t use that again.

    Maybe the world will still be around in 2020, and maybe after the shellacking of 2016 lessons might finally be learned…

    depends on how bad it gets.

  1. What is the point in reaching out to people who have said that they will vote for and donate to anybody with a D next to their name no matter what? It makes no sense at all.

    • BobbyK on July 18, 2014 at 5:27 am

    2016 won’t be either.

    Cautious image crafting and wearing earth tone suits doesn’t win elections.

    “More and better” is back asswards.

    If they were better, there would be more!

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