Jim Lardner

Jim Lardner is a journalist and political activist.

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What the Democrats Must Do First

Absent radical reform of our politics, they’ll always be at a disadvantage. So will we.

AP Photo/Carolyn Kasterr House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, joined by from left by Representatives John Lewis, Eric Swalwell, Joyce Beatty, Kathy Castor, and Joe Kennedy, speaks to media at the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill. T he midterms are over and my newsfeed is filled with pronouncements on what the Democrats should do next. Go bolder. Go centrist. Be inspirational. Be careful. Nominate Beto. Nominate Sherrod. Draft Michelle. So many opinions. So many reactions. One of my reactions is, Hold on a damn minute! Before we plunge into all these testy debates, could there be a more immediate question on the table? More immediate and more unifying? The first order of business for Democrats and progressives, it seems to me, is to advance a serious clean elections/clean government agenda, and do all we can to make democracy reform a front-of-mind issue for voters, office-holders, candidates and the media. That project should be at the top of their To Do list for three...