Jack Markell and other “Democrat Party Moderates” gird for battle against the real enemy – liberals

Filed in National by on July 22, 2018

I stripped down this story about the “Opportunity 2020” convention of Dem millionaires and billionaires to the bone in order to reveal the “pragmatic” mindset in all of its witlessly ironic, and fucked up glory.

…moderate (Democrats) are warning that ignoring them will lead the party to disaster in the midterm elections and the 2020 presidential contest.

…some of the major fundraisers pressing operatives on what can be done to stop (Sanders) if he runs for the White House again.

…”The only narrative that has been articulated in the Democratic Party over the past two years is the one from the left,” former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell told NBC News. “I think we need a debate within the party,” he added. “Frankly, it would have been better to start the conversation earlier.”

… (“Opportunity 2020” convention) is an effort to offer an attractive alternative to the rising Sanders-style populist left in the upcoming presidential race.

…moderates see a better chance to win over Republicans turned off by Trump.

…billionaire real estate developer, Winston Fisher, co-cohosted the event and addressed attendees twice underscored that this group is not interested in the class warfare vilifying the “millionaires and billionaires” found in Sanders’ stump speech.

…”You’re not going to make me hate somebody just because they’re rich. I want to be rich!” Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, a potential presidential candidate, said Friday to laughs.

…The invitation-only gathering brought together about 250 Democratic insiders from key swing states. Third Way unveiled the results of focus groups and polling that it says shows Americans are more receptive to an economic message built on “opportunity” rather than the left’s message about inequality.

…”Once again, the time has come to mend, but not end, capitalism for a new era,” said Third Way President Jon Cowan.

…But some elected officials in relatively conservative areas say progressives are clueless about what their agenda would mean for Democrats outside major cities and the coasts.

…”We will be a permanent minority party in this country,” said Iowa state Sen. Jeff Danielson, a firefighter who represents an area that saw one of the biggest swings from Barack Obama to Trump during the 2016 election.

…Single-payer, government-run health care may be a popular party plank in New York City, where Ocascio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist, recently won a high-profile primary, Danielson said, adding, “But it does not work in the rest of America … and I’m tired of losing.”

…Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., a member of House Democratic leadership who represents a district Trump won, invoked Richard Nixon’s “silent majority.” “If you look throughout the heartland, there’s a silent majority who just wants normalcy. Who wants to see that people are going out to Washington to fight for them in a civil way and get something done,” she told reporters.

…”There’s a lot of people that just don’t really like protests and don’t like yelling and screaming,” she added.

…And they worry the “angry left” will cost Democrats a rare chance to win over those kind of voters, including Republicans who no longer want to part of Trump’s GOP.

…”Republicans have chosen the far-right, which means that they have ceded a good portion of the middle of the road,” said former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is considering a presidential run. “The Democrats, in my opinion, would make a big mistake if they decide to run a base election and just say, ‘Our base is bigger than your base.'”

…With much of the recent policy innovation on the Democratic side been happening on the left, the “Opportunity Agenda” unveiled here tries to equip moderates with their own big ideas.

…Some of the key initiatives are a massive apprenticeship program to train workers, a privatized employer-funded universal pension that would supplement Social Security and an overhaul of unemployment insurance to include skills training.

…Other proposals included a “small business bill of rights” and the creation of a “BoomerCorps” — like the volunteer AmericaCorps for seniors.

…Many of the party’s biggest stars like — Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey —have already signed on to Sanders-backed policies like single-payer health care. But Bennett said he thinks they’ll reconsider when they examine the details. “I think they were a little hasty,” he said.

…In a twist, the agenda is based largely geography, rather than class or race, which are more popular on the left. It focuses on trying to address the fact that cities are thriving as rural areas fall behind.

…Clinton was pilloried earlier this year for bragging that she “won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” but Democratic losses in the rest of America have been politically disastrous for the party.

…Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., the chair of the New Democrat Coalition, said his side is not “naturally arbiters of emotion and anger.” “How we tell our story and put forward our polices in a way that makes people want to mount the barricades is one of the biggest challenges we have,” said Himes, a former Goldman Sachs banker who represents Fairfield, Connecticut.

…He pointed to calls to “Abolish ICE,” for instance, which he characterized as emotionally understandable but politically illogical.

…”It hurts us in areas where we need to win,” Himes warned of “Abolish ICE” in the midterms. “You have now made life harder for the 60 or 70 Democrats fighting in districts where we need to win if we ever want to be in the majority.”

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  1. Jason330 says:

    Yeah Chris Coons was a speaker there. Filling in for Tom Carper perhaps.

  2. They’ve made us eat their Third Way shit for decades and it got us Donald Trump.

    Now they’re threatening to, what, take their corporate millions and go home?

    Go home.

  3. RE Vanella says:

    Perfectly put.

  4. For those of you who are relatively new to the blog, read this piece of propaganda from Jack Markell that somehow made its way into the Atlantic. Check out the false choice that Markell posits: Jobs or populism? Because, according to Markell, you can’t have both:


  5. puck says:

    Let them get rich in a trickle-up economy.

  6. RE Vanella says:

    Selling the WorryFree© brand. Lifetime contracts…

    h/t Boots Riley



    This is for our giant lad, Tom. He was onto us all the time. Clever little guy

  7. Dan says:

    ”You’re not going to make me hate somebody just because they’re rich.”

    God this straw man about progressives that gets trotted out is particularly irritating.

    Whenever I hear this, I remind the speaker of Dickens’s Christmas Carol. You go from not liking Ebeneezer Scrooge to liking him at the end of the story. Here’s the thing though…he never stops being rich, he just stops acting like a dickhead. One time this example actually helped someone see the light.

  8. john kowalko says:

    Hey Jack (and all of your corporate Democrat playmates) still looking for your legacy I see. Get a backhoe and try digging under the Dupont/Chemours Dioxin pile. I think that where I saw part of it being buried. Some of it might turn up in the Chamber of Commerce recycling bin. Just follow the foul odors. And Timmy Ryan be advised that nobody’s going to make you hate somebody but all bets are off on how they might feel about you.
    Representative John Kowalko

  9. Dan-I wish you’d post more. You’re right. Nothing but straw men and false choices.

    You know what they’re REALLY saying-good luck winning elections w/o Goldman Sachs and all that corporate cash.

    Because that’s the deal with the devil that Clinton, Carper, and the Third Way D’s cut–corporate money for votes for the corporate agenda. That’s not the Democratic Party that I want. And as Hillary proved, that Democratic Party can’t win elections any more.

  10. Jason330 says:

    Yeah, the moderates who are “tired of losing” but fret ” that ignoring them will lead the party to disaster in the midterm elections” are in a real pickle.

    So they are deploying an army of straw men funded by Goldman Sachs and equipped with the plate armor of false equivalencies and nonsense. That should work.

    For example, I’m sure Coons’ speech about the morality of greed really got them fired up.

  11. mouse says:

    Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

  12. Jason330 says:

    Seems like I’ve heard all of this stuff before. NAFTA is going to be an economic blessing for corporations and workers alike. All workers need to do in order to take part in the cash grab is:

    1) get accepted into an apprenticeship program to retrain shop floor workers into computer programers
    2) privatized Social Security
    3) join the “BoomerCorps” — like AmericaCorps but for seniors! Awesome!

    What a load of horseshit.

  13. trueblue says:

    This makes me want to get sick, it is because of these tired old white men that we have Trump, not the damn progressives. When all those farmers start loosing their farms they are sure as hell gonna want a $15 min wage , healthcare, and economic equality for all. These are things that appeal to humans not a party. They can’t loose the grip for their corporate bosses, god forbid these jackasses actually represent the people. Coons is next 2020, whose ready to run?

  14. Alby says:

    “A massive apprenticeship program to train workers”

    Get a bigger piece of the shit sandwich!

    “polling shows Americans are more receptive to an economic message built on “opportunity” rather than the left’s message about inequality.”

    Why tell the truth when we can sell a lie? If we give you opportunity and you still can’t join the secure 10%, that’s on you, amiright? Don’t blame our corporate paymasters.

    “a privatized employer-funded universal pension that would supplement Social Security”

    Because God forbid we lift the ceiling on SS taxes on the Goldman-Sachs crew.

    “How we tell our story and put forward our polices in a way that makes people want to mount the barricades is one of the biggest challenges we have,” said Himes, a former Goldman Sachs banker who represents Fairfield, Connecticut.

    That one’s easy. Tell people you’re raffling off the chance to bankrupt a Goldman-Sachs banker and get ready for the wave.

  15. jason330 says:


    more on Markell’s bullshit from Charles Pierce.

    If we’re going to do this, it’s incumbent upon us to get our terms right. These are not moderate Democrats. These are conservative Democrats. You know who’s a moderate Democrat these days? It’s a Democrat who wants to get to universal healthcare by degrees, and someone who wants to get to free college a couple of years at a time.

  16. jason330 says:

    Duncan Black has picked up the Coons/Markell Boomer-core idea, exposing it for the greed-based shitmess that it is.