Clinton enforcer David Brock is planning to “kick Donald Trump’s ass.”
Brock is reportedly working to form a network of donors to rebuild progressivism that is being described as “Koch-brothers-like.”
Brock on Thursday night emailed more than 200 of the biggest donors on the left — including finance titans George Soros, Tom Steyer and Donald Sussman — inviting them to a retreat in Palm Beach over inauguration weekend to assess what Democrats did wrong in 2016, figure out how to correct it and raise cash for those initiatives.
Considering that, in addition to winning the White House, Republicans now control the House, the Senate, likely soon the Supreme Court and a majority of governorships and state legislatures, it is no surprise that the Left is in full panic mode. President Obama is putting on an admirably brave face in light of what to him was Trump’s shocking victory. Hillary Clinton has barely been seen since her concession speech. It falls to people like Brock to scramble to coordinate an opposition now.
Forgive my skepticism that firing off an email to George Soros about a weekend retreat to Palm Springs will give blue collar white Americans a sense that the Democratic Party opposes Trump out of sympathy for their concerns about their futures. But I digress.
Among the ideas Brock has thus far put forward is to grow the influence of left-of-center watchdog groups — the liberal equivalent of Judicial Watch, so to speak — in order to keep an eye on the Trump administration.
One outcome to expect from this and one outcome not to expect: First, expect this new liberal donor network to fund any left-wing version of the Tea Party that rises from the anti-Trump protests, should one do so. Indeed, some reports say there are protesters already planning to do just that.
If such a grassroots movement doesn’t emerge from the protests, expect some Brock-coordinated astroturfing to be planted in its place. The appearance of a grassroots foundation is critical to counter Trump voters’ perception that elites are pulling the strings of government against average Americans.
At the same time, don’t look for a leftist Koch-like structure to stop or even slow criticism of the Koch brothers “sinister” monetary involvement in causes advocating liberty, small government and free markets. Yes, the argument against big money networks would apply to both unless it’s simply partisan. No, that won’t make a difference.
Ultimately, Brock is not looking to push an ideology. “We don’t think of this as representing a faction of the Democratic Party, but a cross-section of it,” he said. It’s an open question whether this heals or exacerbates the fractures in the Democratic Party that have been so entertaining for conservatives to watch.
One thing is certain: a donor network dedicated to kicking Donald Trump’s…er…behind…is unlikely to work across the aisle on issues that can unite the country, at least not with the Trump faction of the GOP.