…and so quit asking if she should stay or if she should go. That’s her decision.
Anyway, one of the more predictable outcomes of the Conor Lamb win last week was a renewed focus on Nancy Pelosi. You see, even though Lamb was a Democratic candidate, he ran against Pelosi. And remember PA-18 have a Cook’s PVI score of R+11 and that Candidate Stupid won the district by 20 points in the 2016 Goat Rodeo. So what we can conclude from that is that in a deep red district, in the heart of Trump Territory, running as a Blue Dog, Lamb did what he needed to do to win, and that was to distance himself from Pelosi.
Lamb was a good match for PA-18, and if the Dims wants to take Congress, then we must hold our nose and support Blue Dogs. Purity has its place, but you have to get to the table to play your cards. There’s no way that the GOP is gonna bring up any legislation that we want, the only way to do that is to run the table. And that means supporting Blue Dogs.
(As I noted last week, as much as I wished the entire country had the San Francisco Agenda, it doesn’t. And what works in SF will not work elsewhere. Probably not even in Los Angeles. And not in the People’s Republic of Berkeley, too. )
So, Lesson 1: Don’t generalize that running against Pelosi is what all Dims must do. That said, I think there is something we can learn from Lamb’s victory, and in a weird way, he stole it from the Republicans, which brings us to …
Lesson 2: The only national Republican that Lamb attacked was Zombie-eyed Granny-starver Paul Ryan. Lamb made Ryan into a Nancy Pelosi-style boogyman. It’s pretty ingenious when you think about it, especially because Ryan is as disliked as amply be-Chinned Mitch McConnell with Comrade Stupid’s base. Everyone you want to vote for you will nod their head in agreement if you attack ZEGS and the Ample Chins, so this will work for Senate candidate too/also.
Lesson 3: Don’t Run Against Comrade Stupid. Don’t tell the people you want to win back to the big tent how stupid they were in 2016; don’t insult them that way. Mr. Lamb never uttered the word Trump in any of his speeches. And besides, you don’t need to because…
Lesson 4: Don’t Waste Your Time. Our side already knows every reason Comrade Stupid’s gotta be impeached, you don’t have to remind us of that, and the Wingnuts don’t want to hear Trump Derangement Syndrome. Instead, use your time/money resources to say why they should vote for you.
(And once you win, ITMFA!)
So endeth the sermon.