Ezra Klein thinks Sloppy Steve has the right strategy.
For once, I agree that Steve Bannon is pointing us in the right direction. The libs are going to get owned in the 2022 midterms in what is sure to be a wave of pure kneejerk backlash politics. The polls also show that the taboos have eroded and our views have become much more palatable. It has gotten to the point where 21 million people are so radicalized that they are ready to go straight to violence to restore Dump to power because the election was stolen from him. We’re basically cucks now.
In Red States and Purple States, there is going to be a massive repudiation of Democrats where according to the national press the murder of democracy is taking place at the grassroots level. We should capitalize on these favorable political winds to try to get some of our own people elected at the state and local level. Everyone else is doing it and we would be rolling the dice on going from zero representation in the system to a more respectable level of political marginalization. In New Jersey, which has a reputation for being a Deep Blue state, an unknown trucker spent $153 on his campaign and knocked off the head of the New Jersey state senate who was an important boss in the political machine in that state.
We’re not talking about making a huge effort here. Even a modest push could work in some places. Qtards, Oathcucks and Threepers have really taken the lead on this.
“Sova isn’t wrong when she argues that her “extreme” views are simply representative of local politics, and that’s the concern, according to researchers who track the mainstreaming of far-right ideologies. Conservatives have moved so far right, researchers say, that there’s now little daylight between Sova’s positions and those of most elected Republican leaders or pundits on Fox News shows.
Kate Bitz of the Western States Center, a regional anti-extremism watchdog, said the school board push is an extension of an “inside/outside” tactic of armed groups fielding candidates for legitimate posts while simultaneously agitating for political violence. The attention from the Capitol riot forced groups to shelve national work and launder their image at the grass-roots level, she said.
“They are hoping that they can advance the inside part of the inside/outside game without having to take on the cost of the intimidation, the harassment, the undermining of democracy that they are also engaging in,” Bitz said. …”
Once again, the way you kill “democracy” is by setting aside your usual overwhelming cynicism, actually participating in the system, showing up and voting in state and local elections and maybe even getting elected yourself. Progressive activists are so toxic now in your community that this could work.
“But fury is useful only as fuel. We need a Plan B for democracy. Plan A was to pass H.R. 1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Neither bill, as of now, has a path to President Biden’s desk. I’ve found that you provoke a peculiar anger if you state this, as if admitting the problem were the cause of the problem. I fear denial has left many Democrats stuck on a national strategy with little hope of near-term success. In order to protect democracy, Democrats have to win more elections. And to do that, they need to make sure the country’s local electoral machinery isn’t corrupted by the Trumpist right.
“The people thinking strategically about how to win the 2022 election are the ones doing the most for democracy,” said Daniel Ziblatt, a political scientist at Harvard and one of the authors of “How Democracies Die.” “I’ve heard people saying bridges don’t save democracy — voting rights do. But for Democrats to be in a position to protect democracy, they need bigger majorities.”
There are people working on a Plan B. This week, I half-jokingly asked Ben Wikler, the chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, what it felt like to be on the front lines of protecting American democracy. He replied, dead serious, by telling me what it was like. He spends his days obsessing over mayoral races in 20,000-person towns, because those mayors appoint the city clerks who decide whether to pull the drop boxes for mail-in ballots and small changes to electoral administration could be the difference between winning Senator Ron Johnson’s seat in 2022 (and having a chance at democracy reform) and losing the race and the Senate. Wikler is organizing volunteers to staff phone banks to recruit people who believe in democracy to serve as municipal poll workers, because Steve Bannon has made it his mission to recruit people who don’t believe in democracy to serve as municipal poll workers.
I’ll say this for the right: They pay attention to where the power lies in the American system, in ways the left sometimes doesn’t. Bannon calls this “the precinct strategy,” and it’s working. “Suddenly, people who had never before showed interest in party politics started calling the local G.O.P. headquarters or crowding into county conventions, eager to enlist as precinct officers,” ProPublica reports. “They showed up in states Trump won and in states he lost, in deep-red rural areas, in swing-voting suburbs and in populous cities.” …”
We need to start building a bench of populist candidates.
This is the kind of political environment in which the emerging stars of the future – younger, more based, more radical than Dump or Marjorie Taylor Greene – could win their first race.
Note: Rep. Jamie Raskin represents Montgomery County, MD which is one of the most affluent suburban districts in the country which is ground zero for out of touch coastal libtards who commemorated 1/6 on Thursday. Chris Matthews lives there in Chevy Chase, MD.