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Talk about day-to-day issues, not impeachment

Q: There is a debate in the Democratic Party about whether to pursue impeachment, or talk about issues that impact Americans?

A: Democrats for many years have not done a great job of speaking to people's everyday lives. So I would say let's get that part right. A focus on making health care affordable, being clear that the Trump tax cuts were a giveaway to the wealthy--those issues actually resonated in the 2018 Congressional elections, because they got to folks in their day to day life. There's a lot more to do in that vein.

Q: And on impeachment?

A: You know, I understand there is so much in the Mueller report that literally could lead to impeachment. It's a very real option. But while we don't know the future of the impeachment proceedings, we do know there is a scheduled election and it's real soon. And if Democrats are not and speaking every day to people's lives, then don't be surprised if we get the wrong result.

Source: Transcript of "Morning Joe," NBC News morning news , Apr 22, 2019

People are looking for bold, progressive change

Q: How will you cut through in a field of 20 people if you jump in?

A: How do you cut through? The point is to speak about clear, bold, progressive change, and prove you can do it. That's where it really comes down--that's what people are looking for.

Source: Transcript of "Morning Joe," NBC News morning news , Apr 22, 2019

A progressive who wants to change things

Bill de Blasio was talking about progressive policy ideas literally decades before they became the Democratic Party mainstream. Is he running for president? "No," he said, simply and quickly. But de Blasio insists that asking that question--even as he's sitting at the Marriott Downtown in Iowa--is small-minded to the point of being ridiculous.

No, no. He's up to something bigger, he says. Obviously. "There's a lot of people in the political media and the political class who can only think through the prism of elections and only the very next elections, rather than understanding that social change is made in a variety of fashions. It's the electoral process. It's what happens at the local level as well as the national level. It is through issue-organizing," de Blasio argued, describing his trip as the natural outgrowth of being "a progressive who wants to change things" - and therefore "needs to work with people who are trying to create that change all over the country."

Source: Politico.com, "Off-Message" , Dec 26, 2017

We lost our identity in trap of triangulation & moderation

De Blasio has earned the right to help set the direction of the Democratic Party going forward. He proudly bashes the Clintons, the post-2016 obsession with the loss of white working-class voters and the people who see the Ralph Northam and Doug Jones wins as proof that the party needs moderates to win.

"Part of why we're in the mess we're in is because we fell into a trap of triangulation and moderation, lost a lot of our identity and became unappealing to the very people who had been our support base," he said in the interview.

The problem for de Blasio is that many progressives, Democrats and other mayors say they also don't want HIM in this role--which adds up to a sort of national version of the public advocate job he held for four years in New York before becoming mayor. They're already fed up with his pledge to make Iowa the first of many stops traveling the country to talk about progressive politics and progressive candidates.

Source: Politico.com, "Off-Message" , Dec 26, 2017

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