Democrats can't rely on the old traditional methods of politics. If they do, Trump wins in 2020.
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What I meant by old traditional methods is really how Democrats have approached politics since the rise of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Obama, and what now passes for "liberal" or "progressive" -- that's what I meant by that.
America is in it's second Gilded Age.
What was the response to the first Gilded Age? It was a progressive (and Republican) named Teddy Roosevelt who was a Trust Buster (breaking up corporate monopolies) who launched the first Progressive Era.
The backlash to TR's Progressive Era was the Roaring Twenties and soaring wealth inequality, and when the 1929 Stock Market Crash/Great Depression happened what was the response? FDR's New Deal, which re-established 40 years of favorable worker policies that created the world's first middle-class.
As working and middle-class Americans were doing well in the 1950's and 1960's, there was still social inequality, which was addressed by LBJ's Great Society.
The backlash? The infamous 1971 Lewis Powell Memo and the start of a committed long-term and sustained corporate effort to roll back New Deal and Great Society programs.
Again, America is now in it's second Gilded Age -- the corporations won, we're now a true Plutocracy. And they're now entrenched thanks to Citizens United.
At the very end of historian Joseph J. Ellis's awesome lecture, 'American Dialogue' www.youtube.com Ellis thinks that if there's going to be another era where America isn't a Plutocracy, it'll be called something other than the "Progressive Era", "New Deal", or "Great Society", and that it'll be called something else. However, Ellis is pessimistic about it happening.
All that said, the Democratic Party, as it is today, is basically the same as the Republican Party with some exceptions. What makes them the same is who benefits from the current Plutocracy/second Gilded Age, and that's their party donors, and now they're entrenched as never before.
Last but not least, for me, it's either Bernie, Warren, Yang, or Tulsi in 2020 -- anyone else, forget it. And even if one of the four aforementioned becomes the Democratic Nominee, the DNC and the Democratic Establishment has to fully support them, something I doubt will happen if we get to that point.