I had the pleasure of voting for Ellison’s first two terms and I paid a fair amount of attention to him then. Now I’m in Bonamici’s district. I think he’s capable of doing what the head of the DNC needs to do most right now: find candidates to run everywhere. Take a 50 state, every county strategy to the field. Of course, Dean can do that too, but I want someone with a little less history. We need people who will walk willingly into elections they know they will lose in deeply red areas. I strongly feel that sends a message.
Bothering to field a candidate even in deeply red areas sends the message that we think left wing values are for everyone. The combination of not even fielding a candidate and calling people who vote right wing racist is condescending. We can field good people in places like South Carolina who will have important messages, and they won’t win, but there will be synergy between the top and bottom of the ticket.
To be clear, I think voting for Trump, regardless of the reasons the person said they voted that way, is racist. Tacit approval of racism by voting for a racist candidate because you care about his other positions more is racist. But we cannot abandon people at the lower level. Too many lower level races go unopposed. Plus, that is where you start developing the people who climb higher and higher on the ticket.