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How Democrats Can Win Back Red Seats

Justin Taylor

Posted on August 22, 2019 10:45

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The Democratic party has suffered many brutal beatings in red states. We have to do something, and we have to stand up for working-class Americans.

The question on every Democrat’s mind is very simple. It’s “how can we win back seats in deep-red states?” And believe it or not, the answer is pretty simple. Stop fleeing from values, run working-class Americans, and run on higher wages for everyone. It’s pretty simple if you think about it. 

It’s clear that running the same neo-liberal corporatist Democrats just isn’t working. The plan to appeal to moderate Republicans in the era of Trump has failed. We need a new, pro-working class style of Democrats. A style of Democrats that echoes the plans of FDR, AOC, and Bernie Sanders. 

If you can’t see that corporate democrats just aren’t getting the job done, take a look at what happened in New York’s 14th district. Where’s Joe Crowley? Oh yeah, beaten by a strong-armed working-class American. Ocasio-Cortez didn’t concede on her values to try to win over centrists, she stood strong. And now, she’s standing strong in the halls of Congress. 

Or how about in Kansas’ 4th district, where progressive candidate James Thompson nearly flipped a deep-red seat. He had help from Ocasio-Cortez and came extremely close to taking this seat back for working-class Americans. Thompson ran on progressive, pro-working class values. He had almost no party backing and didn’t take big money as corporate Democrats and Republicans do. 

The old style of politics has come and gone. We are no longer in 2014. We are in the era of Donald Trump. Nothing will ever be the same again. 

It’s pretty clear that if Democrats want to win in red states, we can’t concede our values. We don’t need to stand for corporate America. We need to stand for working-class Americans. And we for sure cannot continue to bend to the will of President Trump. He has proven himself disastrous and disenfranchised with American workers. We need a new style of Democrats to win back red seats. We need real, average working-class Americans to stand up, and run against the system that has kept them trapped in long workdays, poverty, and oppression. Do this, and Democrats might just have a chance at the blue wave.   

Justin Taylor

Posted on August 22, 2019 10:45

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