Tom Steyer jolts the Democrats

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Tom Steyer’s self­de­feat­ing move­ment,” Opinion, Nov. 12

By crit­i­ciz­ing Tom Steyer’s cam­paign to get more vot­ers and law­mak­ers to sup­port im­peach­ing Pres­i­dent Trump, Doyle McManus cham­pi­ons the Democrats’ decades-long error of as­sum­ing the next elec­tion will fix ev­ery­thing on its own.

Democrats keep in­sist­ing that the Repub­li­can Party will self-de­struct, but that never re­ally hap­pens. Now, we have com­plete con­trol of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment by Repub­li­cans and GOP con­trol of most state leg­is­la­tures.

McManus coun­sels not rock­ing the boat and just wait­ing for the next elec­tion. A large por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion, amaz­ingly, be­lieves that the Repub­li­can Party is the one on the side of the work­ing class. We need to rock the boat to change this.

The way of the Democrats has not done any good for the last 35 years. Har­lan Levin­son

Los An­ge­les

Peo­ple for­get that 26 months passed be­tween the Water­gate break-in and Pres­i­dent Nixon’s res­ig­na­tion in 1974. We have just be­gun the process of un­cov­er­ing the truth about Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

To me, Steyer and his $20-mil­lion ad cam­paign are a dis­trac­tion and a way for him to at­tract at­ten­tion to him­self for a pos­si­ble Se­nate run.

Ei­ther way, that $20 mil­lion would have ac­com­plished more if it were spent on, say, solv­ing the home­less­ness prob­lem in Cal­i­for­nia. Michael Ho­evel


While Steyer and House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Fran­cisco) have dif­fer­ent meth­ods, I think their goals are sim­i­lar.

Pelosi has to work within the rules of Congress. Steyer is much more free. Both, how­ever, act to­ward the same end: to build the Democrats into a ma­jor force to push back against the Repub­li­can far right and the oli­garchy of the 1%.

We are al­ready see­ing some pos­i­tive re­sults in re­cent elec­tions in Vir­ginia and New Jer­sey, and we shall see how this turns out in the midterms next year. Dave New­man


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