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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Political Strategy Notes

Here’s a teaser from “Everyone Economics: New data supports economic populism as a Democratic strategy” by Ruy Teixeira and Guy Molyneux: “A new national survey we have conducted for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, supported by other public opinion data, suggests that what we’re calling “Everyone Economics”–a framework for advocating and explaining progressive economic policies–has tremendous appeal to voters in the center of electorate. It also unites the interests of the “coalition of the ascendant”–minorities, unmarried and working women, Millennial and more secular voters, and educated whites living in more urbanized states–with the white working-class voters who once formed the core of the Democratic coalition. And it deprives conservatives of one of their most powerful rhetorical weapons, while potentially dividing their political coalition.”
Also at TNR, Jonathan Cohn comments on Greg Sargent’s interview (also discussed below) with Paul Begala and distills their comments to come up with an apt description the GOP’s alternative to Obamacare: “The official Republican Party position is to restore the old order.”
Leveraging “March Madness” ads to sell Obamacare to young men is a good strategy. But a little more emphasis on the urgent need for young people to vote in 2014 would be even better.
E. J. Dionne, Jr. also has some solid advice for the president and Democrats: “Going on offense means, first, building on what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is undertaking in his campaign against the Koch brothers and other right-wing millionaires trying to buy themselves a Congress…This is not just a tactical effort to turn tens of millions of dollars in negative advertising into a boomerang by encouraging voters to ask why the ads are appearing in the first place. It is also about drawing a sharp line between the interests and policy goals of those fronting that money and the rest of us…”
The “Screaming Siren” in this Monitor post by Scott Sappenfield may be a tad overstated. Alex Sink lost FL-13 by less than 2 percent. After all, had Sink persuaded a little more than half of this very small margin to cast their ballot for her instead, pundits would be talking about a “Republican debacle.”
For an excellent discussion of what a Democratic economic agenda should look like, read “The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America” by Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future.
America needs a lot more of this — large gatherings of religious leaders of all faiths standing up, united in their opposition to voter suppression: “The Rev. Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin, Pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland explains: “We are drawing on the activist traditions of our faiths. The legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Mohandas K. Gandhi and so many others who not only inspire but challenge us to be voices and vehicles of social change.”
There are more Republican women governors, but “Female Democrats have an advantage over female Republicans of almost 2 to 1 in state legislatures; that ratio rises to more than 3 to 1 in Congress,” reports Albert R. Hunt at Bloomberg, via NYT.
Hoist a pint of Guinness, mateys, in tribute to a gutsy, stand-up company.

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