Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks breaks down why Democrats lost 2014
This sentiment was made by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and echoed by Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks in a recent online video. Uygur uses Bill de Blasio as an example of what happens when a Democrat runs on progressive issues. They often tend to win.
The Democrat’s main problem is that their party has no backbone. Quiet Mike columnist Chad R. MacDonald summed this up well, essentially reminding Democrats that voters aren’t going to be enthusiastic to vote for cowards who won’t stand their ground.
While conservatives and establishment sources tend to hold the view that America is a center-right country, the data tends to say otherwise. Note that while many Blue Dog (corporate) Democrats lost certain Senate races, many progressive ballot measures passed easily. These measures ranged from raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, and stopping restrictive abortion measures.
Across the board, in red states and blue, when polling is done and measures are taken up, the population reveals itself to be much more progressive than is framed. The problem with Democrats is that rather than embrace its progressive base as a whole, it had tried to play both sides of the fence.
If Democrats run on progressive issues, they can win. Many of the Democrats who lost in 2014 did not run on these progressive platforms. Instead, they waffled around to their very defeat in the polls. The way Democrats can win is by running left and staying there. It doesn’t always have to be a choice between conservative lite or conservative heavy.
Watch the Young Turks video below for more: