As a political force, Progressive Liberals find themselves on strange turf. They don’t like never ending political trench warfare and their cynicism about participating and losing is always one news cycle away from surfacing and take over.
It is hard to keep them together, long enough to get to the polls. Although issues emerge that show signs of galvanizing the forces of social progress, like gun control, the war on women, livable wages, immigration reform, clean energy, ending wars, bank regulation, affordable education, jobs and voter rights, it’s a shopping list that is impossible to fill at one store or realize in one candidate.
Consequently, only some of the coalition we see on paper, shows up at the polls. If we had a break from tactical political battles between elections, long enough to focus on governing, coalitions could stay intact, but money fueled politics doesn’t stop any more. It’s hard to form the thread of a meaningful conversation or put together a plan of action to deal with our many serious issues, when everyone is always talking at the same time.