Chuck Schumer explains the (losing) logic:
“For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”
Yeah, that strategy worked really well in all recent (clinton, obama and hill main and mid-term) DP electoral contests.
lets face it, people vote for all kinds of reasons, some not entirely rational, and nobody knows what strategy would work best against Trump. Obama for example won twice against strong Republicans partly on the force of his personality (as perceived) despite a vague centrist program. In the recent midterms, progressives won in some progressive districts, moderate Democrats won in some more marginal districts. At this point, best to advocate for the best policies and keep an open mind about the best strategy for the general eelction
Obama’s first win was based on voters punishing the Cheney/Bush regime for screwing everything up.
His second win was over an unlikable plutocrat – and please recall that Obama presided over the biggest electoral losses by Democrats nationwide in history over several cycles.
. . . and then O’Bummer & P’Loser screwed things up even worse by not only letting Cheney, Haspel, Prince and many other War Criminals off the hook, they also failed to hold even one of the Banksters, like Mnuchin et al, accountable for their crimes that led to the Bush recession in 2008. How many of
the sickos and sycophants mis-serving in the present “administration” would be serving time in prison instead if O’Bummer & P’Loser had done their jobs in 2009?
Actually, Tweetle-Dumb himself would still be in prison for real estate fraud, money laundering & many other crimes if Rudy Giuliani had done his job back in the 1980’s and '90’s. I wonder how much it took to buy Rudy off?
Ah, but we do know one strategy that emphatically failed in its single attempt against Chump: “Nothing will fundamentally change.”
Well, the NY Times is not a CORPORATE newspaper for nothing! And the DNC is not a CORPORATE front for nothing, either, as they proved, once again, by screwing Bernie Sanders out of the nomination in 2016, and as they are, doubtless, going to do again.
Unlike myself, many who read and post on Common Dreams are not old enough to remember the Edsel. It was a loser, soon gone and forgotten — just like Edsall should be . . .
Would it be fair to say that Edsall believes Democratic candidates should show “empathy” toward those holding racist views, in the same way that he shows it toward those with wealth and power?
I don’t give a rat’s ass what RepubliKLAN voters want.
Expand the electorate, don’t fight over the douche bags