Play their game. Nancy Pelosi calls herself a progressive. Mitch McConnell calls himself a fiscal conservative. Savvy voters who understand policy recognize they are neither. It is within this vein that “Rome’s Rebellion” comes with another episode to provide food for thought.
Rome Bethea offers a simple, yet effective solution for activists who are not yet ready to give up. Ignore the labels because party leaders are doing just that as their actions clearly lean in favor of the donor class. Thier collective actions over the last decade alone have ushered in the current oligarchy status within the United States.
Rome suggests that activists “play their game” in the same way Elizabeth Warren admitted she was, “just a player,” and tell them whatever they want to hear, but help enact progressive policy.
Just as we have seen when people understand that Medicare for All isn’t “socialism” but price regulation with the same private doctors and hospitals, the support goes way up. Rome suggests that how you phrase it and the labeling is import to them, not necessarily to progressives.
Whether an activist is #DemEnter or solidly #DemExit, the end result should not matter. As progressives, we follow policy and pay far more attention to actions than rhetoric.