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Saturday, July 08, 2017

 
A tiny bit of hope?

by digby




Notwithstanding Tom's post below which suggests that it will just turn into politics as usual, this seems like sort of, maybe, possibly-only-temporary, good news:
The liberal resistance to President Donald Trump hasn't managed to capture any new Congressional seats for Democrats — but it's having a major effect on politics at a more local level.

In Jackson, Miss., progressives elected a candidate last month who promised to make his Deep South town “the most radical city on the planet.” In Cincinnati, a liberal favorite earned more support than the incumbent mayor in the first round of voting this spring.

And in Philadelphia, a Black Lives Matter advocate won the Democratic primary in May to be the next district attorney — in a city where even Democratic law enforcement officials have traditionally taken a hard line.

“We have a president who any sentient person recognizes is a wannabe dictator,” said Larry Krasner, who won the Democratic Party’s primary for district attorney in Philadelphia. “That’s the kind of thing that can wake you up in the morning, make you lace up your shoes, and go vote. So, yes, I think that had impact.”

Indeed, while Trump’s election has whipped progressives into a frenzy and driven new activists and big dollars into high-profile federal races for the House and Senate, it’s in cities and towns that the vociferous response against the president is transforming politics.

The effect has major implications for the Democratic Party, both in the agenda it pushes and its electoral bench of future candidates for higher office.

There's more at the link.

I guess they will all inevitably turn into corrupt insiders who will betray everything progressives care about because that's how the incentives are stacked. Still, if nothing else, maybe they will help do one thing before they turn: stop the onslaught of fascist, white nationalism in America. That, it seems to me, is a worthwhile goal too.

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