My routine in the morning is to go through my emails. And, I get lots of emails from various Democratic organizations, which I usually delete. I especially delete the ones from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, they of the "hopeless" "no way forward" "we're doomed".
However, today as I was going through my emails, this one caught my eye: "Record-breaking". What was in it?
Pretty impressive. Setting out a positive message, showing that the wind is at Democrats' backs. And what are they doing with that money raised?
All the things for which we've asked on this blog it seems that the DCCC is doing. (I haven't received anything from the DSCC, so I think I'll send them an email and report back.)
Let me be clear: We're in for a world of hurt for at least the next two years. It doesn't really matter that most of putative president Donald Trump's executive orders will be tied up in court. What matters is that he's issuing them at all, and the chaos they're creating. Our standing in the world, which President Barack Obama spent 8 years rebuilding, has been shattered in 8 days. And, of course, I have no illusions that Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell will rein in the madman. As long as he's useful, they will allow him to continue on his tirades. And by the time they determine he's no longer of utility, the damage will already have been done.
So, no. We can't depend on the good graces of the GOP to save us from the disaster of their own making. We have to focus on 2018, and crushing them at the ballot box, taking back the House and Senate. And the DCCC, much to my surprise, seems to be up for the fight.
I know it's tempting to call Democrats "spineless". I for one won't. Republicans, though they criticize their elected officials, in the end fall in lockstep with them and vote. We can criticize; we can shake our heads; but in the end we have to have the same voting discipline as Republicans. And I don't mean that we have to vote for Democrats because they're "not Republicans"; but because even Joe Manchin on his worst days—and he has many of them—will for the most part promote a vision of the country which is far better than that of the GOP. Eyes on the prize. The rest is noise.
If you have some lucre to spare, consider giving to the DCCC. It seems as if they have the right strategy for 2018.