I don’t get excited too often when I read the news, but this piece got my blood pumping:
This is what he is excited about:
On Wednesday, she woke up inconsolable. On Thursday, angry. But on the Friday after the presidential election, as she prepared posters to join thousands in protesting Donald Trump’s victory, Mia Hernández came to a quiet realization: If she found her country’s direction intolerable, she would have to try to change it.
She would change it not just by signing petitions, or protesting, or calling her legislators. For the first time, she sketched out a plan to run for elected office.
In 2020, Hernández intends to make a bid for a seat on the San Jose City Council or the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Her focus will be reproductive rights and community empowerment, she said.
“Everybody says organize, don’t mourn, make a change,” said Hernández, 22, a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. “So I said to myself, ‘How am I going to be an active member in this? You know what, I need to run for office. I need to be a part of that decision-making. I need to make sure Trump’s voice is not the only voice out there.’ ”
Among young, liberal women who expected to see the country elect its first female president Nov. 8, Hernández is not alone; many are responding to Hillary Clinton’s defeat with a new sense of obligation to seek political power. After years of never imagining a career in the public eye or only vaguely entertaining the idea of working in politics, these women are determined to run for elected office.
I’m just guessing, but I would bet money that Ms. Hernández’s major is something like “Latina Studies”. Maybe these young women should start with finding real jobs. Then in a few years after they have some practical experience they can think about running for political office.
But if they really want to change the world, they need to go forth into the red wilderness like missionaries, looking to make converts. Santa Cruz, San Jose and Santa Clara are some of the bluest areas of one of the bluest states in the country. So if Ms. Hernández is successful in running for office, she will most likely be replacing a liberal Democrat. If these young liberal women want to change anything they will need to convert GOP voters and defeat GOP incumbents.
Last but not least, if this last election was any guide, pulling the Democrat party even farther to the left by focusing on identity politics is not the optimal plan for long-term electoral success. But hey, John Cole in red West Virgina is feeling energized.
Maybe he should run for office.