Today comes an entertaining conversation among Joe Trippi, Frank Bruni, and our own Deval Patrick entitled Enough Trump Bashing, Democrats.
The theme is to keep your eyes on the prize with a positive message. Some good bits:
PATRICK: Those two convictions — fairness for the Dreamers and responsible governing — are more important than the midterms. Do right by those, and the midterms will take care of themselves.
On “left” versus “right,” “liberal” versus “conservative” — the labels are stale. The real dynamic in our politics today is insider versus outsider. That’s what needs to be fixed.
TRIPPI: A partisan from either party who is in a marginal district and lashes out at the other side is likely to hurt themselves with these voters. How is this candidate not going to add to the chaos and hostility in Washington? How is this candidate going to get anything done for me?
It has always been: The economy goes up, so does the president’s approval. Until now. That says to me that Trump and the G.O.P. are in much bigger trouble than even I think. And that trouble is Trump himself. He is not benefiting from an improving perception of the economy because of his personality, his hostility, his divisiveness.
The single biggest mistake — in a campaign that saw many of them — perhaps was the “deplorables.”
Lots more fun. And of course Bruni pops the question to Patrick: you in for 2020?