At least one prominent liberal vented her frustration with Michelle Obama’s famous mantra in a tweet following Jon Ossoff’s special election loss.
Michelle Obama supposedly set the bar for Democrats when she said “when they go low, we go high,” but at least one prominent liberal says now that “doesn’t f**king work.”
Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress (CAP) and an ex-Hillary Clinton advisor, tweeted her frustration with Michelle Obama’s mantra in the wake of Jon Ossoff’s special election loss on Tuesday night:
One important lesson is that when they go low, going high doesn't f**king work.
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) June 21, 2017
Tanden had referenced Michelle Obama’s call to Democrats in her 2016 Democratic National Convention speech: “when they,” meaning Republicans, “go low, we go high.”
DID THEY EVER “GO HIGH”?
Of course, Tanden’s implicit criticism of the Democratic Party on Tuesday assumes Democrats ever went high.
Hillary Clinton’s ads “were far more negative in tone and content” than Trump’s according to an academic study published in February. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), perhaps the party’s next presidential nominee, joked in April that she wants to “cut” open Republican bodies.
And, of course, the resistance movement so far has been defined much more by its opposition to Trump, rather than policy ideas or particular values, as it puts up special election losses in 2017.
Will the Democrat Party heed Tanden’s call and go lower, or will they actually try to “go high”?
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