The repudiation of Hillary Clinton and her Wall Street Democrats was the primary message of the general election, but it was not the only message.
The repudiation of the Green party was even more profound. Progressives supported Hillary, stayed home, or voted for Trump. They did not vote Green.
Jill Stein’s positions were nearly identical to those of Bernie Sanders, yet progressives who supported Bernie overwhelmingly rejected the Greens.
It is difficult to envisage a more compelling scenario for the Greens than existed in this election cycle. Bernie Sanders was cheated out of the Democratic nomination by a war mongering Wall Street shill, the Republicans nominated an anti-environment xenophobe, and the only voice of reason was Jill Stein.
Yet Stein only received a quarter of the percent of the vote that Ralph Nader garnered in 2000.
For the progressive movement, the Greens are a non-starter.
If we as progressives are to succeed, we must wage our battles within the Democratic party.
With Hillary’s defeat and the repudiation of the Democratic establishment, progressives are presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the party’s future.
To do so, progressives need to challenge at every level of party organization. We need to primary establishment hacks, run against those owned by Wall Street and Big Oil. Against Big Pharma and Big Ag. Against the banks and the munitions industries.
The 2018 midterms are critical. Nationally, 32 governorships are up. Reapportionment in 2020 will determine whether the Republicans or the Democrats control the House until 2032.
Establishment Democrats must be primaried and defeated where possible. They must be convinced that progressives will pursue a scorched Earth policy to wrest control of the party from Wall Street.
With the election of Trump fresh in their minds, that won’t be hard to do.
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