Last night Elizabeth Warren sitting in a car on her way to an event had a conference call with her supporters. The format was introductory remarks by the candidate followed by questions and answers. Although there were important questions asked it seemed they were too narrowly focused for a general campaign. Questions fielded were on inappropriate bank fees, the fishing industry, and defeating Scott Brown. Maybe others can remember the rest.
Elizabeth, her choice for addressing her, set a theme that her followers must tune into. She advocated for broader frames such as Wall Street and Banking Reform and a balanced conservation policy. As Democrats we sometimes wander off into the weeds that makes the general plebiscite’s eyes glaze over. To win this race in a political sense issues must be chosen carefully. They must be policies that have general appeal but still firmly in a progressive’s bailiwick. Winning the war is far more satisfactory than winning the battle.
In contrast Republicans are dead on with just a few things they will vote for and have no qualms about dressing it up or using outright deception to win over the public. If too many topics are emphasized on our part, it is my opinion, we may lose the attention of independent voters by essentially boring them instead of stimulating them to act on progressive causes. Even some pressing civil rights or international controversies may burn inside us but do not engage the public one bit in terms of electing someone. It may even backfire. The voter usually wants the following question answered: “What’s in it for me and my family?”
I am all for protest for social change and without a doubt it should definitely continue full force. I’ve been in few myself. However you need responsive elected leaders to make it happen. So circling around our choice of candidate seems necessary to bring about any further results. Ms. Warren listens to her constituency but she will willow down what she wants to promote. I think this is wise and we should stand firmly behind her choices. Adding on favorite topics could be self defeating.
Was anyone else in on this call last night and what were your thoughts? If we make a list of the big three or four, what should it be and what would be effective strategy with independents to make them pull the lever for Elizabeth? Some of them may even live in your household. People talk about thinking outside the box, well now is the time to do so. To win this Senate Race it will need some strong mental push-ups to get Elizabeth Warren over the top. Let’s do it.