Listen to Edward-Isaac Dovere interview Seth Moulton on Radio Atlantic.
They’re all the same out-of-touch, establishment leaders making the same bad decisions, argues Seth Moulton: the military leaders he disagreed with when he was in the Marines; the congressman he beat in a primary to win his Massachusetts seat in 2014; the House speaker whose leadership he’s challenged in recent years and who’s refusing to impeach Donald Trump; and the Democratic National Committee, which won’t give him a spot in the presidential debates next week.
To the congressman, not making the stage in Detroit is both a validation of his (proud) contrarianism and the beginning of a new phase of his grasping 2020 campaign.
“I can’t tell you how many times when I’ve challenged the establishment that people across the country have said, ‘Thank you—thank you for being willing to go up against the Washington establishment,’” Moulton told me in an interview this week for the Radio Atlantic podcast. “I still have yet to meet a voter who’s said, ‘Seth, I just wish you’d be a little bit more establishment. I wish you would just do what all those people in Washington tell you to do.’ That’s not what Americans want, and my job is to represent the American people.”