For Democrats, resistance trumps ideas

Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Democratic Party luminaries and 2020 presidential mentionables gathered this week for an ‘ideas conference’ organized by the Center for American Progress, the Democratic establishment’s premier think tank. Its stated purpose was to focus not on ‘what could have been,’ said CAP Vice President Winnie Stachelberg introducing the day, but on ‘new, fresh, bold, provocative ideas that can move us forward.’ Convened in a basement of Georgetown’s Four Season’s Hotel, the posh watering hole for Washington lobbyists, lawyers and visiting wealth, the conference quickly revealed how hard it is for Democrats to debate the future when Trump is taking all of the air out of the room. Virtually every speaker dutifully invoked the theme of the day: resistance is not enough; Democrats must propose what they are for. Each then proceeded to rail at one Trump folly or another, calling on those assembled to join in defending what was achieved over the last eight years.” (05/18/17)