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Heather Mizeur’s path to victory in the Maryland gubernatorial race

Despite having support from most of the Democratic establishment in his run for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Maryland, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, a center-left Democrat, is polling well below 50% in the latest poll of the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland, with incumbent Attorney General Doug Gansler, whose campaign has completely collapsed for a number of reasons (the most notable of which were pictures of him paling around with underage drinkers surfacing a while back), in a distant second.

In a close third behind Gansler is incumbent State Delegate Heather Mizeur, one of the most progressive-minded people to hold public office in Maryland. Due to the high number of undecided voters, Mizeur has a path to victory in the Democratic primary for Governor of Maryland. There are two big reasons why Mizeur can win the Democratic nomination (which, in heavily-Democratic Maryland, is tantamount to election): marijuana and health care.

Mizeur has proposed legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana in Maryland in order to pay for universal preschool in the state. While I have yet to see Mizeur make a serious play on the issue of health care, if Mizeur were to propose either reforming Maryland’s state health insurance exchange (the rollout of which was botched), implementing a single-payer health care system in Maryland based on the model which Vermont will implement in a few years, or both, she could win over support from Democratic primary voters who are either undecided or currently leaning toward Brown or Gansler.

Heather Mizeur can win the Democratic primary for Governor of Maryland, but she needs to start cranking up the campaigning now.

Could a national progressive party shake up the political landscape in this country?

Recently, leftist independent/third-party candidates have won local elections in Seattle, Washington and Lorain County, Ohio.

In Seattle, Washington, Kshama Sawant, who self-identifies as a socialist, won a seat on the Seattle (WA) City Council by defeating establishment Democrat Richard Conlin. Sawant ran on a platform that called for an end to corporate welfare and increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour. In Lorain County, Ohio, two dozen union-backed candidates won local government elections, running as an independent slate of candidates after local Democrats sold out the unions one too many times.

Could this be the beginning of a national progressive party? It certainly could be.

If progressives came together and realized that the Democratic establishment in this country is more interested in playing political games and compromising with right-wing extremists than advocating policies that would actually make America a better place to live, we could form a national progressive party. There are many Americans who are politically liberal but are disaffected with the Democratic establishment, or even disaffected with the current political system as a whole. That would compromise the political base of a national progressive party.

There is a some framework that could be unified into a framework for a national progressive party. If progressive grassroots groups, organizations affiliated with the Occupy movement, the Progressive Party of Vermont, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, other leftist independent/third-party elected officials, labor unions, and other left-leaning political organizations can all be brought into the fold of a national progressive party, that would be the framework of the party. A national progressive party could really begin to gain traction in American politics if the Green Party and other leftist third-parties merged with the national progressive party and some of the more progressive Democrats who hold elected office, such as Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin, defect to the national progressive party.

If there’s someone out there that has more guts than I do and is willing to form a national progressive party, I’d be open to the idea of joining it.

Sean Trende accidentally described the Wisconsin Democrats’ path to victory against Scott Walker

Sean Trende has, for the last couple of months, has tried to tell the national Republican Party’s establishment that they can oppose comprehensive immigration reform and still win future presidential elections by promoting his “missing white voters” strategy.

As a progressive-minded Democrat who supports comprehensive immigration reform, I’ve long dismissed Trende’s analysis as bunk. However, when I re-read the first part of Trende’s four-part series of articles on Real Clear Politics, I noticed that Trende described the “missing white voters” that, according to Trende, Mitt Romney failed to win over in the 2012 presidential election as “largely downscale, Northern, rural whites” who were Ross Perot’s base during his 1992 independent presidential campaign that received 18.9% of the national popular vote and 21.5% of the Wisconsin popular vote.

Believe it or not, Sean Trende accidentally described the group of voters that the Democratic nominee for Governor of Wisconsin would have to win over in order to defeat Scott Walker in 2014. The “missing white voters” that Trende described aren’t as conservative or bigoted as Trende would want you to think they are. In fact, they can be won over by a Democratic candidate for public office if he or she runs a left-wing populist campaign. Most of these “missing white voters” are actually people who are disaffected with the way that government operates and think that most politicians don’t care about them.

If the Democratic nominee for Governor of Wisconsin runs as a “business moderate” or an “overeducated liberal”, Scott Walker will probably win re-election unless 2014 happens to be an unusually strong year for Democrats on a national scale. If the Democratic nominee for Governor of Wisconsin were to point out the various ways that Scott Walker’s extreme, right-wing agenda has hurt Wisconsinites, especially rural Wisconsinites, and brings a progressive agenda that appeals to a broad coalition of Wisconsinites, including rural Wisconsinites, Scott Walker could very well lose re-election in 2014.

What is a progressive?

Progressivism is a political ideology that is based on four principles:

  1. Supporting ideas to create jobs and economic growth in a responsible manner, providing for a social safety net, and supporting quality public education
  2. Supporting reproductive rights, equal rights, workers’ rights, and the rights of the accused
  3. Supporting efforts to make government less corrupt and more transparent, providing for a system of free and fair elections, and supporting efforts to remove the undue influence of money from the political system
  4. Supporting the principles of justice, liberty, and fairness.

In short, progressivism is based on the concept of building a more perfect civilization.

How a candidate can use his or her negative qualities aganinst an opponent

When running for a seat in the Maine State Senate in 2012, Progressive Democrat Colleen Lachowicz was attacked by the Maine Republican Party for having made a series of vile comments under her alter ego Santiaga, which she uses when playing the video game World of Warcraft.

Lachowicz, using a political maneuver that I had never seen before, used her own baggage to attack the Maine GOP for attacking her for playing video games:

I think it’s weird that I’m being targeted for playing online games. Apparently I’m in good company since there are 183 million other Americans who also enjoy online games. What’s next? Will I be ostracized for playing Angry Birds or Words with Friends? If so, guilty as charged!

Lachowicz then went on to defeat incumbent Republican Maine State Senator Tom Martin by 939 votes, and I was absolutely shocked to find out that Lachowicz won.

Lachowicz used her own baggage to paint the Maine GOP as out of touch, and it worked!

The Progressive Coalition

In “strongly Democratic states”, such as Illinois, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, California, and Hawaii, as well as in “swing states”, such as Wisconsin, Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, and Florida, there is a coalition of voters, compromising at least 50%+1 of general election electorate, and an even larger percentage of the Democratic primary electorate, that is willing to vote for a progressive Democrat.

The “progressive coalition”, as I like to call it, is the core principle of any progressive Democrat’s strategy to get elected. If a state or other constituency has a majority of voters who are willing to vote for a progressive Democrat, that state or constituency can be won by a progressive Democrat.

Labor unions are only a small part of the progressive coalition, but they’re an important part of it. Progressive activists are, again, a small part of the progressive coalition, but they’re also an important part of it.

The rest of the progressive coalition consists of voters who come from all walks of life, are of different ethnic backgrounds, are both male and female, are of different sexual orientations, are of different economic classes, are of varying ages, and hold jobs in virtually every economic sector. The political views of those who are open to the idea of voting for a progressive Democrat vary from far-left to center-right.

The progressive coalition doesn’t automatically rally around a progressive Democrat. It is the responsibility of the progressive Democrat who is running for public office to build the progressive coalition by winning over the coalition of voters that he or she needs in order to win the election.

Welcome to Operation Bull Moose!

I’m Aaron Camp, and I’d like to welcome you to my new project, Operation Bull Moose!

This is where I will propose various political strategies that I believe will help progressive-minded candidates get elected to public office all across this great country. After all, this country needs a Second Progressive Era, but we need to fight for it.

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