The Democrats’ Awakening Autopsy – The Patriot Post
After Mitt Romney passed up the opportunity to oust Barack Obama in 2012, losing despite Obama’s “jobless recovery” and reluctant support from a Tea Party movement determined to overthrow ObamaCare again nascent, Republicans commissioned a navel study report early 2013 to find out what happened. He told them, among other things, that they should exercise restraint on immigration and social issues and improve their awareness among minority voters. The report was so effective that the party’s next presidential candidate ran on a strict border security platform and embraced the pro-life movement … while also increasing the GOP’s share of black and Latino voters.
Far from the Democratic Party’s idea of considering such a move after the party’s ultimate man won the 2020 presidential election, but three groups allied with the Democrats have collectively scratched their heads enough over the lack of results in the Congress level that they commissioned a report on their own, asking why the success at the top of the ticket did not translate to the bottom.
Worried about the 2022 mid-sessions, the trio – think tank Third Way, The Collective PAC and Latino Victory – spent more than 70 pages (and thousands of dollars) to learn that Democrats had an overly ‘awake’ message that really wasn’t selling and that they were overly optimistic after the mid-term success of 2018. Heck, the longtime Democratic consultant James Carville could have told them that for free. In fact, he did it about a month ago.
A key complaint in the report’s narrative was that Republicans (read: Donald Trump) did indeed message them in a defensive stance, having to say they didn’t really mean what they said about police funding and of course, more lives mattered than just black lives. As political analyst Steven Hayward highlighted“I guess many Hispanics, who overhear the Democratic leaders chanting ‘black lives matter’, rightly wonder – what about us? I doubt whether they are impressed by being “included” in the large BIPOC banner that the left is offering them as a consolation prize. “
The report goes on to note, “Our assumptions about Dem’s support among voters of color – and the lack of differentiation in our messaging and outreach among demographic groups – cost us support in key races. … We heard that there had been major failures from the Party and the campaign for engaging key demographic groups as a monolith, including Latino and Hispanic voters.
Yet while the report concedes that the GOP is making inroads against “their” Latin vote, Democrats are not changing their stance on immigration. In addition, blue states and cities only reluctantly open their economies, which negatively affects the most populous working class of minority groups.
On the flip side, the writers have welcomed an increase in black voter turnout, though this news comes with a caveat that their support for Democrats has waned to some extent. Still, they determined that getting a slightly less overwhelming percentage of thousands more blacks at the polls was how they won Georgia’s second Senate election.
Despite this resounding success, progressive angst continued after the election. As one major Democratic donor quoted in the report put it: “The main problem with Defund was not Defund, but the lack of an economic message. We have become the party of shutting down the economy, the party of wearing masks, the party of withdrawing children from school – not the party of solutions and science. (And they’re still not that party.)
And Defund is a problem because he’s telling the truth on the left. The elites can afford their own private security, but a party that simultaneously tries to disarm the law-abiding while pampering offenders will not appeal to suburban voters who still outnumber them. Political analyst Rick Moran might have the summary better: “[The report] was a waste. All they had to do was ask any Republican who didn’t live in New York or Los Angeles.
“Democrats are unlikely to learn anything,” Moran concludes. “Activists are already complaining that the report blames them for the disaster. This is true, but the party leadership cannot point the finger at them and upset them even more. They need activists to hope to win in 2022. “
As it turns out, Republicans were right to ignore their 2013 report, but it took the right candidate to grasp the narrative forcefully and these don’t come up every day. So it’s a safe bet that Democrats – who think they are smarter than all of us – will be convinced that they can cheat enough voters to stay in power for another two years despite ignoring the good advice of the report’s authors. .