Necessary But Not Sufficient

The energy unleashed by the Women’s March and the outpouring of action on a range of issues is impressive. Now what?

This morning, the New York Daily News published an op-ed (“How Democrats Are Getting Played”) suggesting that public actions are (in Washington-speak) necessary but not sufficient. Mike Geacon, to many people the dean of community organizing in America, says that the Trump Administration borrowed the playbook from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Walker overcame loud public opposition to weaken the state’s labor unions and to beat back an effort to force him out of office.

Geacon warns:

Nothing happening now is new. Everything the Trump team is doing is a repeat of the Wisconsin game plan. And, so far, everything his opposition is doing is even more predictable. It’s not too late to change the defense and to play some offense.

But it’s getting late early, as Yogi Berra once said.

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