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Wed Oct 25, 2017, 07:31 AM

National Journal: A Virginia Democrat Defies the Progressive Base

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Ralph Northam is leading in the governor’s race because he’s run to the middle, and hasn’t pandered to liberal activists.

Amid all the talk about Ed Gillespie’s exploiting cultural divisions to run competitively in Virginia, many political commentators are missing the big picture in the governor’s race there. Lieutenant governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is leading in nearly every poll despite running a general-election campaign that has ignored the loudest, most-polarizing voices in his party’s base. He said he wants to work with President Trump when possible despite their many disagreements, he’s ignored environmentalists’ pleas to oppose the construction of a controversial natural-gas pipeline, and he’s called for localities to decide what to do with Confederate statues, instead of mandating their removal.

A former George W. Bush voter, Northam is running as a moderate Democratic pragmatist in the spirit of Bill Clinton—or recently-elected Gov. Roy Cooper, one of the most-prominent Democrats to win during last year’s Trump wave in neighboring North Carolina. And despite all the Democratic angst about the race tightening, his own campaign’s polls have shown him consistently ahead. The average of public polling shows that he’s leading by a healthy 6-point margin.

The real reason you’re hearing so much wailing from Democrats is because they fear that Northam could pave the way for a moderate revival within the party—that a victory would prove that the party’s candidates can win without being held hostage by the increasingly progressive base. In the primary, he handily dispatched former Rep. Tom Perriello, who ran well to his left and won the support of leading liberal activists across the spectrum, from senior Obama officials to socialist-minded senators such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. And since winning the nomination, Northam has resisted calls for his campaign to pander to the grassroots, to the point where they’re leaking unfavorable assessments of his candidacy.

more: https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/659783/virginia-democrat-defies-progressive-base?mref=dashboard-free

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Reply National Journal: A Virginia Democrat Defies the Progressive Base (Original post)
Jose Garcia Oct 2017 OP
ProfessorGAC Oct 2017 #1
KPN Oct 2017 #30
pangaia Oct 2017 #2
zipplewrath Oct 2017 #3
KPN Oct 2017 #31
LexVegas Oct 2017 #4
FSogol Oct 2017 #5
Jose Garcia Oct 2017 #6
FSogol Oct 2017 #8
pangaia Oct 2017 #25
Demsrule86 Oct 2017 #24
LexVegas Oct 2017 #11
FSogol Oct 2017 #12
DemocratSinceBirth Oct 2017 #7
FSogol Oct 2017 #9
DemocratSinceBirth Oct 2017 #10
FSogol Oct 2017 #15
rogue emissary Oct 2017 #13
lagomorph777 Oct 2017 #18
leftynyc Oct 2017 #14
Blue_true Oct 2017 #16
leftynyc Oct 2017 #21
peggysue2 Oct 2017 #28
Orrex Oct 2017 #17
lagomorph777 Oct 2017 #19
Orrex Oct 2017 #20
leftynyc Oct 2017 #22
Orrex Oct 2017 #23
50 Shades Of Blue Oct 2017 #26
dsc Oct 2017 #27
delisen Oct 2017 #29

Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 07:43 AM

1. Consider The Source

I don't think NJ is a good place to find opinions by and advice for democrats

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 10:13 AM

30. BINGO

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 07:45 AM

2. That increasingly progressive base is really a problem.

And those grassroots folks..
My, oh my.
Whatever are we going to do about them?

.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 07:53 AM

3. Triangulation

That's what's been done in the past.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 10:16 AM

31. Yeah, like "fuck the liberals".

Keep on keepin' on!

The trend and momentum are with us.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 07:57 AM

4. I believe these statues should be taken down and moved into museums.

As governor, I am going to be a vocal advocate for that approach and work with localities on this issue,” Northam said in a statement. “We should also do more to elevate the parts of our history that have all too often been underrepresented.”



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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:05 AM

5. Everyday a different Northam hit piece. The Koch brothers sure are getting a bang for their buck.

Every line is wrong and misleading. Northam hasn't been running to the center, he's been running to the left.

And Perriello was MORE conservative than Northam on several issues such as gun control.

How about posting an example of the "unfavorable assessments" that don't come straight out of Koch mouths?

Pretty sad that this tripe has to get spread around DU.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:17 AM

6. How about posting an example of the "unfavorable assessments" that don't come straight out of Koch

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Response to Jose Garcia (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:25 AM

8. Yeah, the Nation hit piece was posted 2 days ago to attack Northam. It is full of even more BS

than the article you posted. It makes the case that Northam is going after white voters and ignoring the base. Anyone who has seen a Northam or Herring ad would notice they are targeting women with an emphasis on young women and women of color. Don't believe me? Go to Northam, or Fairfax, or

Herring's website and watch the ads.

https://ralphnortham.com/
http://www.fairfaxforlg.com/
https://herringforag.com/

You find that their ads are either biographical or are aimed at women. The are reaching for votes from the Democratic base. This is just another article aimed at dividing us.

We are only 14 days from the election, why post a daily article basing the candidate? Why try and divide the party on the eve of the election?

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Response to FSogol (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 09:05 AM

25. Thanks for that info..

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Response to Jose Garcia (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 09:05 AM

24. The Nation often mirrors the right these days... and the

author has written numerous articles about this...it is his schtick...not convinced he is correct. Also there is no doubt his is going to be used by the right to divide the Democratic electorate...we are fools if we let it happen. I have no doubt that moderate candidates do better in moderate states and Virginia is not a really liberal state...I would say that moderate Terry McAuliffe who won last time has done a great job...considering the legislature is still righty.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:28 AM

11. Northam has also said the Confederate statues should come down, so that is a lie too. nt

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Response to LexVegas (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:33 AM

12. He also said he'd follow the State's DEQ advice on the pipeline and is withholding judgement

until then. Another lie.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:19 AM

7. Northam likely wins but let's not count our chickens before they hatch.

He has an impressive resume.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:26 AM

9. Northam only wins if everyone turns out and votes. All of this crap trying to divide the party

isn't helping.


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Response to FSogol (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:28 AM

10. I didn't read the article. Can I have the Cliff Notes?

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:35 AM

15. Sorry, I don't spend my spare time phone banking and knocking on doors to just turnaround

and help distribute divisive anti-Democratic articles on the web.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:33 AM

13. They must really think Northam is going to win.

So they need to start setting the narrative that he's a moderate/centrist Democrat. They can't have the story be that a progressive or liberal democrat beat their trump lite bigot Gillespie.

If Northam wins he'll be one of the most progressive Democrats we've elected in years. His stances and actions on abortion, guns, and "identity politics" has been solid. I guess those don't count as progressive issues for this reporter.

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Response to rogue emissary (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:55 AM

18. Bingo! And they know an endorsement from the NJ is damaging to a Dem.

Their flop sweat is showing.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:35 AM

14. All the VA race proves

 

is that we can't use cookie cutter type candidates for ALL races. In some states a more liberal Democrat wont have a problem being elected and in others, we'll have to put up someone more moderate to win. I have absolutely no reason to be part of a party that requires nothing but the purest of souls run just so we can lose a race in the name of fucking purity. This is a big country with many different issues that effect people. 65 million people are never going to agree about everything.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:51 AM

16. Exactly.

A liberal WILL NOT win in my district, but a bluedog certainly can. I prefer a liberal, but I also want a Democrat instead of a republican winning the seat.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #16)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:59 AM

21. The push for purity is

 

killing BOTH parties. Those kinds of things only work with small numbers of populations.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 09:44 AM

28. Yes!

x1000

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:53 AM

17. No doubt NPR will invite "neutral" Jonah Goldberg to explain what this means

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Response to Orrex (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:56 AM

19. I just realized yesterday why I had to stop listening to NPR

The top dude there is a total RW twit - saw an interview on CNN.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #19)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 08:59 AM

20. Yeah, I can't stand their flagship news programs anymore

Some of the long-form pieces are great, as are several of their regular staff contributors, but the overall vibe is so pro-business and Republican-friendly that I can't endure it.

And this is pledge week, when they ask me to help fund the puff pieces they air while Rome burns.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #20)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 09:00 AM

22. I hope you're explaining to them

 

why you're not contributing. They have no reason to change otherwise.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #22)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 09:03 AM

23. They wouldn't care in the slightest

I'm not a person of wealth, so my biggest contribution probably costs less than the stationery that the Koch brothers use to instruct NPR how to report about them.

When I stopped contributing, I am 100% certain that NPR didn't even notice.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 09:26 AM

26. That is CRAP. Not the message I get from Northam's ads at all.

Gawd knows I see them a dozen times a day. He's calling out Trump not progressives.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 09:41 AM

27. I can't comment on the stuff about Northum

but I can about the stuff about Cooper. Cooper ran a very liberal races, as did Josh Stein, both of whom won their races while most other statewide races went the other way (including losing a Senate races in which our candidate was liberal to be fair)

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Oct 25, 2017, 10:03 AM

29. The BASE -who is it? May be 2 bases of a political party


The loud base and the loyal base - both are important but they have different characteristics.

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