The media tries to spin anti-Trump resistance as nationwide change, but it really means that Democrats are becoming more extreme.
It may be that the anti-Trump resistance could damage the Trump Presidency in 2018. I hope not, but it’s possible. Hillary Clinton won’t be directly present to scare off Democrats and Republicans may not show up in the same numbers as in 2016.
But the Anti-Trump resistance isn’t a nationwide transformation. Rather, it is a process that is making the Democrat Party even more extreme. On the abortion issue, for example, pro-life forces have been winning victories in states for years. I doubt the Democrats are going to change that.
McClatchy reports, “The #Resistance Trump ignited will shape politics for a generation.”
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Jennifer Mosbacher cried in a doctor’s office the morning after Donald Trump’s election, unable to control herself during a routine physical. The 43-year-old Atlanta suburbanite had avoided politics her entire life but was overcome with shock by an outcome she never saw coming.
She decided to act on her anger. In the year since, a woman whose only previous political activity had been voting began to volunteer daily for Democratic campaigns. She contributed money. She attended “postcard parties” to send mailers for out-of-state candidates. She lobbied for legislation at Georgia’s state capitol. She even notarized local recall petitions.[…]
Mosbacher’s transformation is at the heart of an unprecedented movement inside the Democratic Party. Dubbed “The Resistance,” it has — in the year since Donald Trump’s inauguration — turned countless apolitical women and men into firebrand activists set on remaking the political system.
Their fury-driven activism explains why abortion-rights group Emily’s List has been contacted by more than 22,000 women interested in running for office, and why hundreds of progressive “pop-up” groups formed to help Democrats with everything from fundraising to website design. They are now part of the party’s political firmament in 2018, giving Democrats a candidate recruitment boost and an undeniable enthusiasm edge over the GOP.
But the impact of the Resistance will be deeper and more significant than a single election cycle. The birth of millions of activists, many of them concentrated in cities, is remaking local elections — and will put urban politics on a new trajectory for the foreseeable future.
It will reverberate, liberals say, for generations, perhaps most of all in the leadership and approach of a Democratic Party that is now under almost as much scrutiny from the left as Trump himself.
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