“Donnelly joins Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as the only Democratic senators intending to vote for Gorsuch. All three senators are facing tough reelection bids next year. Seven Democratic senators have not yet announced how they will vote on the nomination.”
Inching closer to 60 votes.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Letter to the Democratic Convention
July 18, 1940
Members of the Convention:
In the century in which we live, the Democratic Party has received the support of the electorate only when the party, with absolute clarity, has been the champion of progressive and liberal policies and principles of government.
The party has failed consistently when through political trading and chicanery it has fallen into the control of those interests, personal and financial, which think in terms of dollars instead of in terms of human values.
The Republican Party has made its nominations this year at the dictation of those who, we all know, always place money ahead of human progress.
The Democratic Convention, as appears clear from the events of today, is divided on this fundamental issue. Until the Democratic Party through this convention makes overwhelmingly clear its stand in favor of social progress and liberalism, and shakes off all the shackles of control fastened upon it by the forces of conservatism, reaction, and appeasement, it will not continue its march of victory.
It is without question that certain political influences pledged to reaction in domestic affairs and to appeasement in foreign affairs have been busily engaged behind the scenes in the promotion of discord since this Convention convened.
Under these circumstances, I cannot, in all honor, and will not, merely for political expediency, go along with the cheap bargaining and political maneuvering which have brought about party dissension in this convention.
It is best not to straddle ideals. In these days of danger when democracy must be more than vigilant, there can be no connivance with the kind of politics which has internally weakened nations abroad before the enemy has struck from without.
It is best for America to have the fight out here and now.
I wish to give the Democratic Party the opportunity to make its historic decision clearly and without equivocation. The party must go wholly one way or wholly the other. It cannot face in both directions at the same time.
“The Democratic Party is having an identity crisis. While the groundswell of grassroots support in its base is anti-police brutality, pro-environment, pro-immigrant, anti-war, pro-$15 minimum wage, for the legalization of marijuana, and strongly against the Dakota Access Pipeline — the party in general, and Hillary Clinton in particular, lack core convictions on all of these issues and it shows.”
Election Day 2016 was a miserable failure for the Democratic Party.
“As Silang pointed out, one of the troubles in exorcising leftist messaging from protest and rally footage is that since Trump’s election, socialist and leftist organizers have often been at the center of anti-Trump protest organizing, often breaking away from the DNC’s focus on issues like Russia toward things like immigration, health care and the minimum wage.”
Here’s what they didn’t want you to see.
I’m a Democratic Socialist who is waiting to kick some conservative Republican ass in 2018.
This week, Republicans showed us they care more about scoring political points than the well-being of Americans. We must show them that we won’t stand for it.