Love Bill Maher or hate him, this is a great interview with Dan Savage. It’s a longer clip that I usually post, but it is worth the time to listen:
If I am interpreting Savage correctly, he is saying that voters who switched from Obama to Trump will never return to the Dims, and we on the left should stop trying to flip them, and instead shore up our own ranks, and give us some compelling reason to get to the polls. (He does say that, if you listen carefully, as Maher talks over him.) As we said earlier last week, we have to stand for something (ITMFA!), which brings the next great point from Savage:
It’s time for brass knuckles. The Republicans fight dirty, and we need to as well. His line that Dim-o-Crats are trying to set a good example for Republicans to follow is brilliant.
Pay attention around 4:55 mark, it’s really where the rubber hits the road. Savage’s assessment that the country is bifurcated between cities and “depopulated rural America” is more granular than most pundits go. His description of Washington State is absolutely right, this is a Red state except for the Puget Sound, but the coast is where the population is; California is not a north-south split as many people think; the divide is really coast vs. central valley.
So are all states really red with some big blue (urban) dots? Seems likely to be true.
Does this mean that the left abandons rural America? I don’t think so. Universal Healthcare as a fight is healthcare for everyone. I don’t think the left’s goals leave people behind the way the right’s goals do. And not everyone in rural America is a bigot, that’s not what anyone is saying.
I don’t think we say our goals often enough or well enough, or clearly enough for it to be heard or understood. We’ve said it before, the left doesn’t know how to tell stories well. Hundreds of Powerpoint slides with graphs is not a story.
This is how you tell a story:
If our policy messages doesn’t resonate with rural voters because candidates of color (or women, or LGBTQ Americans) are saying it, that’s a whole other matter. Those voters, as I said at the top, are never coming back. Quit chasing them.