progressive values and democratic party politics [View all]
I'm a little too young to remember details about howard dean's 50 state strategy. What I do remember is that Howard Dean himself seemed to the left of the other major candidate (Kerry? I would have to look it up). he was popular and likable and he was taken out of the running by the MSM's "mrrrahhh" hitpiece.
fast forward to 2016 - the two most popular and energizing candidates (sanders/trump) were those who spoke their mind, stood true to their beliefs, and motivated the average guy to vote. how many people *don't* vote? it boggles the mind. the two parties are ideologically different. IMO there is little room for "winning over the other side". the middle of the road/non-voter is not stupid, but maybe they simply sit out most elections until they are motivated by something.
there are many things that unite democrats: environment/energy, health care, economic policy, and education. we need a strong articulate progressive candidate who will focus on diplomacy (while maintaining a strong defense) and lead us into this century.