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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Political Strategy Notes

“…You find broad agreement across almost every part of the American electorate that the system is essentially rigged, benefiting the rich and leaving everyone else behind. The share of Democrats who agree with that idea, 82 percent, is, not surprisingly, far higher than the share of Republicans, 51 percent, who said the same. But still, we are talking majorities in both parties here. That suggests that in a summer where the headlines have all but forced every presidential candidate to weigh in on all manner of social issues, for Democrats, in particular, the best way to engage and then animate a large portion of voters may be a pivot toward economic issues.” — from “Why in a summer full of social change you can expect to hear a lot more about pocketbook issues” by Janell Ross at The Fix.
Emily Flitter and Grant Smith of Reuters have an update on the battle for digital dominance between Dems and the GOP.
After documenting GOP presidential candidates previous praise for Donald Trump, E. J. Dionne, Jr. writes in his latest syndicated column “Sorry, but the real Donald Trump has been in full view for a long time, and Perry’s new glasses can’t explain his newfound clarity. I don’t credit Trump with much. But he deserves an award for exposing the double-standards of Republican politicians. They put their outrage in a blind trust as long as Trump was, in Perry’s words, “throwing invectives in this hyperbolic rhetoric out there” against Obama and the GOP’s other enemies.”
When Trumpmania subsides, the latest indications from a new PPP poll suggests Gov. Scott Walker (R-Koch Bros.) may become the GOP’s new lead dog, Jesse Byrnes reports at The Hill.
But Trump’s 3rd party trial balloon talk is likely freaking out GOP strategists.
In their NYT op-ed, “Socialism, American Style,” Gar Alperovitz and Thomas M. Hanna note a revealing paradox in Republican politician attitudes toward the debate over big government: “…One of the largest “socialist” enterprises in the nation is the Tennessee Valley Authority, a publicly owned company with $11 billion in sales revenue, nine million customers and 11,260 employees that produces electricity and helps manage the Tennessee River system. In 2013 President Obama proposed privatizing the T.V.A., but local Republican politicians, concerned with the prospect of higher prices for consumers and less money for their states, successfully opposed the idea.” Apparently, big government is bad for Republican leaders only when it benefits constituencies they don’t represent.
National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar i.d.s “The Four States That Will Make or Break Democrats’ Senate Hopes.” (FL; NC; NH; and PA).
S. Kumar explains at Huffpo “How Mobile Technology Could Revolutionize the U.S. Voting System.” Kumar recounts the impressive convenience and cost-savings potential and notes, “There are obviously risks in mobile voting such a lack of a paper audit trail and voting fraud. If a voter’s phone is hacked, his or her vote could be falsified, but that can be addressed with the right technology. As many other applications, such as mobile wallets, have evolved to become more secure, voting too can become a commonplace and safe activity.”
Gov. John Kasich, not a military veteran, wants boots on the ground vs. Isis. Opinion polls on military action vs. Isis suggest he may be on safe ground — primarilly with Republican voters.

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