…and my immediate reaction is to do the opposite of whatever Tiny Dancer says:
“The party needs to recruit candidates who match their districts and offer voters a detailed agenda …”
Jeebus, it’s the 172-slide presentation again. No. Just stop it.
“Democrats don’t need to spend the next year navel-gazing over how to motivate their base.”
If you don’t understand your base, you will never speak to your base in a way that they hear you.
In 2018, Trump will provide the greatest fundraising and get-out-the-vote machine the party has ever had.
He thinks this is still 2006.
Wave elections are a chance to build on that base by winning back voters disappointed in the other side.
It’s tribal to them. GOPers will fight until Hell freezes over and then fight on the ice before they would vote for a Dim.
Democrats will have plenty of disappointments to bring to their attention, including Republican health-care and tax-cut plans that betray the working-class voters who put Trump in the White House.
This is true, but we need to tell a story, not a lecture.
Emanuel goes on to talk about channelling anger and not being defined by it, which is yet another mistake. Anger is good (sometimes), it burns away the chaff and brings clarity. Anger combined with a good story is a very powerful tool, especially when the people you want to reach are angry, too (they’ve lost their jobs, healthcare, and dignity) they can see that you are one of them.