Journalist and Political Activist Harvey Wasserman explains what Democrats must do if they are to win, Georgia, not Virginia.
Harvey Wasserman on Democrats
Harvey Wasserman has a message for Democrats. He recently co-wrote the article titled “The Dem Failure to Follow the “Georgia Way” Lost Virginia and Points Toward Fascism” that made clear that it was not Glenn Youngkin’s victory but a democratic loss. The beginning of the article is prescient.
The predictable corporate Democrats’ Virginia defeat came because the party’s gerontocracy refused to do the “Georgia Way” grassroots organizing that won for Biden in 2020 and captured two US Senate seats on January 5, 2021—the day before Trump’s attempted Capital coup.
Running on issues of the economy, human rights and the ecology, Georgia’s breakthrough on-the-ground campaign did everything the Democrats should have done to win in Virginia.
Let’s look at the history:
The long-shot presidential victory of Joe Biden in Georgia, 2020—followed by the virtually impossible January 5, 2021 US Senatorial victories there of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof—changed the world.
Biden’s unlikely 2020 victory in Georgia was critical to removing Donald Trump from the White House. Georgia had not gone for a Democrat since southerner Bill Clinton ran in 1992, with Ross Perot splitting the right-wing vote.
Even more unlikely was the January 5, 2021 US Senate victory of two Democrats, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof. Together they brought the Upper House to a 50-50 tie, giving Vice President Katherine Harris the decisive vote that has radically transformed the balance of power on Capitol Hill.
These earth-shaking Democratic victories sparked an epic political transformation not only because of where they happened—but because of how.
The authors made it cleat that had Democrats run on real issues as opposed to the manufactured playing field, the outcome would have been different. Even with a lousy campaign, Terry McAuliffe only lost by 70,000 votes or so.
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