What They Need to Do

Just some casual observations about Democrats re-taking the U. S. House of Representatives. In order for Democrats to re-take the House they need to take seats presently held by Republicans.

  • Out-spending Republican candidates isn’t enough.
  • Energizing the base isn’t enough.
  • Nationalizing the campaign isn’t enough.
  • You can’t use power politics.
  • Changing demographics may help but it won’t necessarily swing elections.

You’ve got to run better candidates that appeal to more people and speak to the people of the districts they want to represent.

7 comments… add one
  • Ben Wolf

    You’d think they would, at the very least, abandon Clinton’s “coalition of the ascendant” bullshit strategy; instead they’re doubling down on it by announcing their intent to put resources only into districts populated with upper income Republicans.

  • Apparently, they haven’t hit rock bottom yet.

  • Gray Shambler

    Working class white male here. Long the Democrat base. I didn’t leave them, they left me.
    So far, as I understand it Dems won’t even ask for my vote because I belong to a dying demographic. That’s their plan. maybe when I actually die out in 25 years, it may work for them.

  • Janis Gore

    “If we have a one-size-fits-all requirement for every Democrat who seeks office, that’s a formula for a filibuster-proof majorities in the Senate; that’s a formula for failure in many areas of this country.

    “In order to execute a 50-state strategy, we need to understand what’s going on in all 50 states, and attract candidates who are consistent with their messages but perhaps not on 100 percent of the issues,” Perez said. “If you demand fealty on every single issue, then it’s a challenge.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/04/20/omaha-mayoral-race-reveals-tensions-between-naral-democrats-over-abortion/?tid=ss_tw-bottom&utm_term=.d70724a7e6b7

  • Ben Wolf

    Gray Shambler,

    To Democrats the working classes are neither needed nor desired as part of their coalition. They have adopted a weird, inverted Marxist idea that they (not workers as Marx thought) are the inevitable winners and we all have to move toward them. If you aren’t doing well economically it’s your damned fault for failing to attend an elite school and get good grades like they did.

  • It’s not that weird. It’s Leninist. Vanguard of the proletariat

  • Janis Gore

    I’m curious, Mr. Shambler, when you began to feel the party moving away from you? My parents, long gone, were both yellow dog Dems, but most of the seven kids became Reps when they became more prosperous than their parents.

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