Erulisse wrote:If the dems had any spine at all they would pass a heap of bills in the house that were just wildly ambitious. Universal health care, forgive college debt, tax increases on big business, raise the minimum wage, national legalization of pot. Just go absolutely hog wild, knowing that they wont make it past the senate. Build up a ton of popular support among their base and just cry 'look at all we could have accomplished' vote for us 2020! Then when the win the can go back to being the milquetoast pretend liberals they are and collect their corporate money.
Democratic voters haven't historically rewarded grandstanding, but more importantly, news media doesn't reward that grandstanding on behalf of the Democratic Party, so that level of fervor is tough to reach even when the base is shifting and may want the party to grandstand.
The problem really comes down to the fact that the "wildly ambitious" far left and actual progressive liberalism has almost zero meaningful representation in media. Mainstream media, in general, is dominated by objective reporters and conservative idealogues. There actually aren't as many liberal idealogues in media as you would imagine given the collective REEEEEEEEEEEE from the right about "liberal media" - you'd think the Young Turks was mainstream media. As an example, by 9:00 PM on the night of the mid-terms, Jake Tapper (pretty often accused of promoting liberal agendas by the right) called "no blue wave" - a) that's an objectively insane time to be making that determination and b) it just goes to show how ride or die these guys are with trying to even appear objective. Of course, the post-election analysis is showing that it was, in fact, a blue wave so now everybody is getting on-board.
But the fact remains, there's really nobody to carry the water for Democrats if they start doing symbolic things for the sake of progressive liberalism the way conservatives have an entire major network of basically conservative idealogues and so the message associated with going "hog wild" and symbolic gestures wouldn't carry very far.