Although Democrats have a nasty habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with their internecine divisions, today both Bernie’s and Hillary’s campaign managers are making a powerful show of unity against the Republican tax bill that stands poised to steal from the 99% to give to the 1%, rob over 13 million people of healthcare, and ballon the national debt by $1.4 trillion.
In a scathing joint memo obtained by CNN, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, and Bernie Sander’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, blasted Senate Republicans for ensuring that Congress will flip from Red to Blue in the 2018 midterm elections, if they vote for the tax scam:
It is quite a feat for Republicans to have designed a bill that could alienate Obama-Trump voters, Romney-Clinton voters and base Democrats all at the same time, but the tax plan achieves exactly this trifecta . . . The tax proposal is the best opportunity yet for Democrats to convince voters that Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are looking out for their wealthy donors, and not working-class Americans . . . The Republican tax plan is the rare piece of legislation that manages to provide something for nearly everyone to hate.
They issue a forceful call to action to all Democrats, regardless of whom they voted for in the 2016 primary, or if they did not vote at all:
[W]e have a golden opportunity right now to prove to voters which party truly has their interests at heart. It would be malpractice for Democrats to concede any type of voter heading into 2018 . . . The widespread opposition to the Republicans’ plan should reassure Democrats that they ought not engage in some false choice between different groups of voter targets. Our party should compete everywhere, and seek to win over voters of all ages, education backgrounds and income levels by using the tax fight to illustrate the two parties’ vastly different priorities. If Democrats seize this opportunity, congressional Republicans who support the tax plan will definitely be doing so at their own political peril.
Trump ran saying he would “unite the country.” He has only divided it. But his pro-rich, anti-poor, anti-minority, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ, anti-disabled, anti-environment rhetoric and policies have succeeded in uniting the Left as nothing else could.
Mook and Weaver rightfully warn congressional Republicans that they will sign their own electoral death warrant if they pass this nakedly kleptocratic bill, a brand-new version of which has been forced to the Senate floor for a final vote, as of the writing of this article, without debate, analysis or a CBO score.
Meanwhile, the two campaign managers make an immeasurably valuable point to Democrats that we must put aside our past differences and work together on a 50-state strategy for 2018 and 2020 to wrest the American economy and conscience from the craven Republicans and their greedy corporate overlords.
READ THE MEMO IN ITS ENTIRETY HERE.