The Third Way Resurfaces

Filed in Featured, National by on January 17, 2017

These losers have no shame.

They’ve raised $20 mill to conduct research into why they lost and how they can reconnect with Trump voters.

Here’s what they won’t do. Any soul-searching. First, because they have no souls. Second, because their defining characteristic, being a Clinton Corporate proxy pretending to represent the Democratic Party, is precisely what sunk the Party’s chances this year. Admitting that would mean that they would conclude that nothing, save their own demise, would serve the party well.  In fact, any opposition will pointedly not include the perspective of supporters of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren:

Part of the economic message the group is driving — which is in line with its centrist ideology — is to steer the Democratic Party away from being led into a populist lurch to the left by leaders like Sen. Bernie Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“Populism is inherently anti-government,” Cowan said. “That works if you’re a right-wing conservative, like Donald Trump. That doesn’t work if you’re the party of government.” He added: “You can’t meet right-wing populism effectively as a matter of politics or governing with big government liberal populism, or 1990s centrism. You have to do something entirely new for a new era.”

And, The Third Way is not the only organization conducting ‘research’.  If you read the Politico story that I linked, you will note that each of the organizations doing this are controlled by Clinton loyalists. Ignoring, of course, that the Clintonian remaking of the party into a corporate cash cow is precisely why voters rejected the party and, of course, Hillary Clinton this fall.

So, for those who spread misinformation over here about the Third Way no longer existing, not only does it exist, it is merely in ‘reinvention’ mode.

It goes without saying that this is a recipe for disaster. Because it’s a proven recipe for disaster.

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  1. bamboozer says:

    And expect John Carney to love whatever that reinvention is. Like many of you I long for a complete flushing of the Clintons from the Democratic party and realization that fund raising does not equal victory. Far from it, Hilary was awash in cash compared to Trump and still lost. Until the party rids itself of the current DNC and gets a message worthy of the name we are powerless and likely to stay that way.

  2. anonymous says:

    “What they’re getting wrong” is in thinking that giving blowjobs to corporations is satisfying for both parties. Nobody ever climaxed from giving a blowjob.

  3. “Dear Third Way:

    Hillary Clinton lost the rust belt because she didn’t bother to show up and didn’t bother to craft an economic message of hope that would have resonated with the voters there even if she HAD bothered to show up.

    Please send me $20 million.

    Your Friend

    El Somnambulo”

  4. Jason330 says:

    “Third Way is in conversations with the polling firm Global Strategy Group to conduct its first round of research, which will focus on the troubled state of the Democratic brand in large parts of the country.”

    Pretty hilarious.

    My prediction: Third Way executive salaries will increase by 15% this year no matter what Global Strategy Group turns up.

  5. Chris R. says:

    The Left will be obstructionist (Exactly what they blamed the R Party for) But it will be the fault of others. See, those who subscribe to this ideology claim the status of imperial thought. All that disagree MUST be of inferior intelligence and need to be informed and directed by the Left. And Trump? He must fail, for if he succeeds the left cannot take credit for it and that just will not do!

  6. The Third Way has made clear that its principal goal is to continue to keep progressive ideals from ever becoming mainstream, or even proving influential, within the Democratic Party. It’s all about the corporate hold on the Party. This is every bit as true in Delaware as it is at the national level.

  7. chris says:

    Did anyone hear Governor Carney’s inaugural speech today? There was some reference to the Delaware Way of “all working together” , and he said ‘the state doesn’t just have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.’ Otherwise, pretty milk toast remarks.

  8. Jason330 says:

    Chris R, If Trump proposes some single payer, Medicare for all (as he has suggested), it will not be Dems obstructing.

  9. Ben says:

    Sure they will. Carper will be against it, Coons as well.
    In fact, the R’s wont need to mount a real resistance to it. They can just let their carpet-bagging patsies obstruct, blame the entire Democratic party, and gain a stronger hold on the Govt in 2018. Of course, Dear Leader has no plan for replacing the ACA.

  10. mediawatch says:

    ‘the state doesn’t just have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.’

    So, Carney’s inaugural address plagiarizes the major applause line from Bonini’s stump speech.
    We should have elected Bonini so we could bring in a real Democrat in 2020.

  11. At least with Bonini, we might have gotten rid of civil forfeitures.

    BTW, Ben, your comment reminded me–Carper recently said that he wants to make the ACA ‘better’. Hmmm, he publicly opposes single payer, he opposes drug importation, I wonder how he’d make it better. Going out on a limb here, but I don’t think that Carper thinks about making the ACA better in the way that people struggling to afford health care would like to make it better.

  12. Delaware Left says:

    Shocked to be in complete agreement with this site for once

  13. nemski says:

    @El Som: Come on, pragmatism is the path to the promised land.

  14. The irony being, of course, that progressivism and pragmatism are not mutually exclusive.

    The self-proclaimed ‘pragmatists’ who have kept progressive principles out of the mainstream are the same Third Way types who now find themselves desperately trying to retain control of the Party.

  15. Ben says:

    “Better” = let all the sick people die and give their estates to his Aetna Masters.

  16. anonymous says:

    ‘the state doesn’t just have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.’

    Just once I’d like them to state flatly, without euphemism, what that problem is. Because I’ve heard this for 37 years now and not once has anyone identified a legitimate target of this “waste and abuse.” They always simply cut spending across the board.

    The real problem is that these ostensible Democrats run the state in a manner indistinguishable from Republicans, as evidenced by the income tax rate and the trigger for its top level. Here’s a chart of all 50 states; someone please refer to this next time the Tom Kline bot starts in on this:

    http://www.money-zine.com/financial-planning/tax-shelter/state-income-tax-rates/

    Once upon a time Delaware’s income tax was a good bit higher than most states. As the chart at the link shows, that’s no longer the case.

  17. anonymous says:

    As long as I’m at it, here’s an Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report on the most and least progressive state tax systems.

    “Delaware … is one of the most progressive tax states not because any one of its taxes is exceptionally progressive, but because it relies so heavily on a modestly progressive income tax and relies very little on regressive sales and excise taxes.”

    http://www.itep.org/whopays/full_report.php#The 10 Most Regressive State & Local Tax Systems

  18. mouse says:

    I can’t believe I got guilted into voting for Clinton. Makes me ill. These third way corrupt money grubbing types deserve get eternal blow jobs in hell and never get to cum

  19. anonymous says:

    And what ill befell you by casting a vote for Clinton? Get a grip.

  20. meatball says:

    Even with the sales tax and higher property taxes, I’m paying a hell of a lot less state tax wise in Florida than I was doing in Delaware. Oddly, the above study dings FL for not providing income tax credits when the state charges no income tax at all and food is exempt from sales tax.

  21. anonymous says:

    I’m sure you are. Then again, you’re living in a steaming hellhole full of the dregs of humanity, so there’s that.

  22. meatball says:

    No, I moved out of Delaware, Dumbass.

  23. meatball says:

    Perhaps you can enlighten everyone as to why Delaware, “a steaming hellhole full of the dregs of humanity,” is any better.

  24. anonymous says:

    You’re not here, for one.

    I’m sure you’re paying less in taxes. And you get less in services. Plus you live in a steaming hellhole full of the dregs of humanity. Did I stutter?

  25. meatball says:

    What services? I live across the street from the community center, and the art center and Hammock park, one of the dozen parks within two miles, Delaware really is a shitty state. My only regret from living in Delaware for 45 years ( twenty five up state and twenty five at the beach)….. why didn’t I leave sooner, your weather sucks, your healthcare system is overburdened, and you have pretentious assholes that attempt to deny the obvious. The northeast is collapsing.

  26. meatball says:

    Delaware really is the Delaware Way. That is the Delaware Legacy.

  27. anonymous says:

    I have no idea what actual services you have a need for, but good luck getting them there. Hope nobody shoots you. Have a happy life. For every retiree who leaves Delaware, two take his place.

  28. Ben says:

    Anon, you’re arguing with someone who thinks Florida is better than….. anywhere. Slamming your head against a wall would be better for your brain. :)

  29. anonymous says:

    Not arguing, Ben. Educating. To the extent that someone who calls himself meatball is capable of learning anything.

  30. Ben says:

    decent point…. Still. It is insisting that a state responsible for W, home to George Zimmerman, and to the notorious “Florida Man” (among almost daily reasons to let it sink into the ocean) is redeemable.
    Just another inbreeding caveman thumping it’s chest.

  31. anonymous says:

    Yeah, it’s all sunshine and alligators until someone decides he has to stand his ground against you.