Democrats have to start thinking like Republicans. Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. Especially when real peoples lives are affected by who’s in charge.
Five keys to victory:
1) Obstruct Trump
The opposition party suffers no electoral consequences for doing so and it makes the President-the only political figure voters pay attention to-look like a do nothing loser. It was a big blow to Obama, it would be a fatal blow to Trump who’s approval ratings are already in decline and who’s competence is in doubt.
2) Always Advance Your Agenda
In 1960 the Republican Party Platform promised religious tolerance, racial equality, public housing, public health care, and acceptance of immigrants. Today’s Republican Platform has been written and paid for by far right extremists. They took over the party by making conservatism the new moderate and now by making far right nationalism the new conservative. The lesson for liberals is to always stick your principles and advance progressive legislation at every level of government every cycle. That means Massachusetts should be a petri dish for left wing ideas like Kansas was for far right ones. It means pushing Medicare for All, Basic Income, and other ‘out there’ pieces of legislation to move the national median to the left.
3) Keep Your Base Happy
I have no freakin clue why some establishment Dems are asking the protesters to simmer down. Tea Party protests followed by town hall protests convinced many swing state Democrats to abandon President Obama’s agenda, and they lost anyway. It also got the media to argue a groundswell of grassroots opposition was forming. These two things are happening today-only now our side is doing it against theirs. Jason Chaffetz in Utah got this treatment. It also means contesting every special election and hoping to catch a break. Scott Brown did this to us in 2010, we have a golden opportunity to replace two Trump cabinet officials with Democrats today. 20 Districts represented by Republicans voted for Clinton. Some with double digit swings to the left that parallel the double digit swings to Trump in the rust belt. Time to seize the day.
4) Everything Bad is the Presidents Fault
They blamed everything from high gas prices to terrorist attacks on Obama. Unlike Benghazi, the Yemen Raid disaster started in the Executive Branch and is the direct result of Trump being a poorly prepared commander in chief. It got almost no play from the left, and even some columnists preemptively warning against politicizing a tragedy. Again, hit them hard. The narrative is that this man isn’t fit to be President and needs to be checked by a Democratic Congress. Never miss an opportunity to remind voters of that.
5) Swing Voters Don’t Care About Social Issues-They Want to Feel Economically Secure
These low info, uninformed, unreliable, and ideologically complicated voters do not give a rats ass about choice, the court pick, or social justice. What they do care about is whether they feel good about America or bad about America. And that’s an economic feeling. When they feel bad about the economy so they need to know that’s the Presidents fault. Doing steps 1-4 will ensure this and make them vote to check him with a Democratic Congress.