Der Tiger Beat auf dem Potomac has a piece up about the certain doom Team Blue will face in 2022, and oddly hints at how to fight it.
Yup, it’s the GOP Culture Wars, again:
Democrats’ own research shows that some battleground voters think the party is “preachy,” “judgmental” and “focused on culture wars,” according to documents obtained by POLITICO.
Preachy, judgmental, and focused on culture wars sounds like a Thanksgiving trip home to me, but whatevs.
And the party’s House campaign arm had a stark warning for Democrats: Unless they more forcefully confront the GOP’s “alarmingly potent” culture war attacks, from critical race theory to defunding the police, they risk losing significant ground to Republicans in the midterms.
That’s the hint right there: “forcefully confront the GOP’s “alarmingly potent” culture war attacks” which sadly is usually what the Dims run-away from. You know, when they go low, we go high rhetoric, which has lost us House seats since before I was born.
No, what seems to work according to the focus group is that when we go high we bring snipers with us for a better shot:
…If Democrats don’t answer Republican hits, the party operatives warned, the GOP’s lead on the generic ballot balloons to 14 points from 4 points — a dismal prediction for Democrats when the GOP only needs to win five seats to seize back the majority. But when voters heard a Democratic response to that hit, Republicans’ edge narrowed back down to 6 points, giving candidates more of a fighting chance, especially since those numbers don’t factor in Democrats going on the offensive.
Of course all of this is a generic Democrat running against a generic Republican, and in practice it will be a real Democrat versus a real
troglodyte, er, Republican and a lot can change right there. But the message is clear: voters want a Democrat with some fight in ’em. You know, to hit back and hard:
The solution does not lie in policy proposals, the pollsters found, because voters are not generally opposed to Democratic policies. “Rather, Democrats need to demonstrate they fully understand and care about stressors in people’s lives” and focus on the issues “without stoking divisive cultural debates,” one of the slides said…
I cringe thinking about Bill Clinton feeling my pain, but that seems to be effective. It’s instructive that Big Dawg is the only Democrat in the last half-century to clear 370 electoral votes, and he did it twice. But I interrupted:
…This cycle, however, Democratic officials are working to arm their incumbents with what they believe are the most solid defense to the Republican attacks. Rather than delivering a counterpunch or pivoting away from the issue, Democrats are urged to “correct the record” because “changing the subject risks confirming suspicions.”
And there’s sort of an example,
The data showed that Democrats could mostly regain the ground lost to Republicans if they offered a strong rebuttal to the political hits. When faced with a “defund the police” attack, for instance, the presenters encouraged Democrats to reiterate their support for police. And on immigration, they said Democrats should deny support for “open borders or amnesty,” and talk about their efforts to keep the border safe.
Note that we’ve long said that defund the police is the right policy (fully fund other public services and quit militarizing the police), and a terrible way to phrase it. Possum Hollar and even the suburbs hear it as, Fire the Police.
Summarizing the party’s midterm problems bluntly, the presentation notes that voters think Democrats “are not making good use of their majority.”
And thanks a lot, Manchinema.