Inside the Hangar, the Experts Have Reassembled the Clinton Bus
Is it wrong of me to confess that I have enjoyed the countless articles reliving the shock and horror of the election, with everyone recalling exactly when they became personally aware that the Clinton campaign bus had stalled on the tracks with the Trump train bearing down on it at full speed? This year’s finger-pointing has been particularly fruitful in such a target rich environment; Comey, Russian hackers, and Fake News have borne the brunt of the blame – outside sources outside and beyond of the Party’s control that combined to crunch the Scooby van. But, aside from those external factors, one major internal Party/Campaign flaw has been defined – Poor Messaging. It is to this issue that the Dems now turn their attention.
It is generally accepted that Trump, Bad Man did not resonate with the populace. I’m With Her was also an empty envelope with no enclosure – what exactly did being “with her” imply? Various experts have stepped forward with their advice and recommendations for necessary design updates for future elections. Predictably, tensions have already emerged between the two major Democratic party factions, liberals and centrists, in a struggle to define what that future message should be. Two McClatchy articles help to enlighten the rest of us.
Over a packed three-day schedule with a battery of presentations, the U.S. senators, former federal prosecutors, mayors and top Cabinet officials from the Obama administration in attendance talked about faith and religious voters, heard from a radio host about a medium typically reserved for conservatives and considered research suggesting that liberal priorities – like student loan debt – are just not a big deal.
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article138743333.h...
Former Alaskan Senator Mark Begish was one of the attendees who opined to the reporter in the same article, “You can’t get the majorities back without independent and centrist Democrats. You just can’t. It’s important that we come together and figure that out without conflicting with other groups.”
To recap: these Democrats want to retain the votes they already have, centrist Democrats and whatever slice of independents skew Clintonian Centrist, by forgoing any effort to regain the liberal/Sanders wing by ignoring or downplaying “liberal priorities – like student loan debt” as “not a big deal”(!)
Sure, who cares about the student loan debt peonage crippling millions of Americans except for a few wild-eyed non-legacy enrollment radicals without trust funds? Screw them!
Voice of Reason - Who is going to point out to these Centrists that liberal priorities ARE a big deal and have a direct link to voter turnout?
This next article is not the easiest read, but in a nutshell it relates the struggle between liberal Democrats who believe in retaining a liberal platform combined with better messaging in contrast to Third Way types who want to jettison more liberal aspects of the platform in their belief that policy doesn’t matter anyway and they have to appeal to the blue collar Trump voter that Hillary ignored on purpose.
But this unwillingness to reassess what the party stands for is driving some more moderate Democrats mad. The centrist think tank Third Way warns that the party’s liberal wing is misinterpreting President Donald Trump’s 2016 success as a sign that voters care less about policy than they do about message.
“The lesson that many Democrats have learned from this election is policy doesn’t matter, because Donald Trump doesn’t have policies,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, vice president for social policy and politics at Third Way. “From that, they’ve assumed what Democrats need is more bluster, not more policy, and the policy is pretty much irrelevant.”
What goes unaddressed by this Third Way great political strategerist is that while attaining the blue collar vote Trump voiced and advocated more traditionally liberal/Democratic stances than Clinton did: pro-labor, pro-jobs, anti wage-depressing trade pacts, and a vow for safety net protection, i.e. a promise to not cut Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare, (which he is in the process of completing reneging on.)
I personally can’t wait to see the message these Centrists will base their campaigns around since they have given themselves the challenge of winning a policy based vote on a message of no policy and certainly not the specific traditional liberal policies that Trump won with.
I'll go ahead and state once again that IMO these pointless struggles over the soul of a largely soulless party are a waste of time. I continue to encourage a complete schism and a breakaway party to blaze new trails. Here is the question I ask: Is it possible for the Democratic Party to EVER advocate for a single payer health system when by now it has become obvious to every sentient American besides our politicians that is the only possible answer to the healthcare dilemma?
If your answer is Not Ever, then you and I and others should look to a new party to provide some real answers.