Red Rebel wrote:
Fighting "corporate america" on their terms sounds like a horrible idea. First a candidate would need to win the primary of the Democratic Party and second win the general elections. The cost of running two campaigns for one office is enormous and there is no way the labor movement can effectively pay the bill.
IIRC, you don't even need to campaign that much for local and State primaries. Most Local/State caucuses are quite small and not very active. It should be possible for a determined hard Left party with a sizable membership to 'hijack'
those primaries just like far-right fundamentalists used to hijack Republican primaries in the '80s-'90s. You just swarm those conventions with hordes of fringe voters . Big unions could pull it off without breaking a sweat
. That's relatively
cheap if you've got the membership (if you ain't got the membership, Get Back To Work (tm)). That's
when you can start a campaign for control of the national Party apparatus proper. Whoever controls the local and State party conventions can cause an inordinate
amount of meddling in Federal primaries (BTW, if you've hijacked the apparatus, you've got the superdelegates for the Presidential Primaries).
Once the primaries are subverted (cheaper than playing by corporate america's terms) Leftists would still have tho run the actual election campaign. At that, word-of-mouth and voter mobilization are probably more cost-effective than advertiding. Internet ads are nearly free and can go viral, and pickets beat placards. An active Party membership spreading and explaining the Party's agit-prop to the masses is worth a gazillion cable ads and it's probably cheaper.
The Party would just have to spread agit-prop person to person in the workplaces and the mass organizations. It requires more dedication, but less resources.