A couple of weeks ago, a dinner with some family friends was interrupted by a knock at the door. A Democrat was collecting ballot-qualification signatures to run for the state assembly. In my thirteen years in this once-heavily Republican neighborhood, this was the first time I had seen a Democratic candidate. It was a promising development, with a twist.
Our guests were serious Democrats, happy for a chance to ask a few questions of the candidate. With their first question they asked whether she would protect reproductive rights. Their second question – would this candidate challenge the notoriously corrupt House Speaker, Mike Madigan? Her hedged, evasive answer was sobering.
The candidate’s “pragmatic” response shed light on an important reality. Democrats are no more ready than Republicans to clean their own house. Faced with the challenge of their own Donald Trump, I have little hope that they would perform better than the GOP.
That challenge seems a certainty, perhaps in the near-term. Today’s post at Forbes explores that question, with considerable skepticism.