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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Political Strategy Notes

From Thomas B. Edsall’s column, “Biden Wants No Part of the Culture War the G.O.P. Loves: The generosity of his $1.9 trillion relief bill has the added benefit of shifting attention where he wants it” at The New York Times: “The Biden administration appears to have adopted a two-pronged strategy to reduce the corrosive impact of hot-button social, cultural and racial issues: first by inundating the electorate with a flood of cash via the $1.9 trillion Covid relief act and second by refusing to engage fractious issues in public, calculating that deprived of oxygen, their strength will fade….The sheer magnitude of the funds released by the American Rescue Plan, the White House is gambling, will shift voters’ attention away from controversies over Dr. Seuss, who can use which bathroom and critical race theory. So far, the strategy is working….Biden has a favorability rating of 52.9 to 41.9, according to the Real Clear Politics average of the seven most recent surveys, and a Pew Research poll the first week of March found that a decisive majority of voters, at 70-28 percent, have a positive opinion of the Covid stimulus bill….“Taking their cues from a new president who steadfastly refuses to engage with or react to cultural provocations,” Democratic officeholders “have mostly kept their heads down and focused on passing legislation,” The Week’s Damon Linker wrote in “Will the G.O.P.’s culture war gambit blow up in its face?

Edsall continues, “Stanley Feldman, a political scientist at Stony Brook University, noted in an email that he thinks that “Biden understands that it’s to the Democrats’ advantage to lower the volume on the culture wars. The Covid rescue bill is a clear attempt to change political discourse back to economic issues and to provide broad-based, tangible assistance to a large part of the public. Biden signs executive orders on gender but there’s little discussion of this.”….Biden’s approach, Feldman continued, “is clearly putting many conservatives in a difficult position as they try to counter with stories about Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head.”….Stanley Greenberg, a Democratic pollster with decades of experience in federal and state elections, is optimistic about Biden’s current prospects, but he warned that the administration will have to gain control of immigration: “The border matters,” he said, “and Republicans will use images from the border to sear into people’s consciousness. It is very important that they” — the Democrats — “are soon seen to be managing the border and immigration.”….Biden and other Democrats, in Greenberg’s view, should “ignore cancel culture attacks” while making the case “that Democrats are fighting and delivering for the working class and it is Democrats you can trust to have a strong economy.”

3 comments on “Political Strategy Notes

  1. Victor on

    Democratic consultants should watch at least 20 minutes a day of right wing media before making ridiculous predictions about what will matter in an election.

    Right now immigration and Cuomo are dominating.

    The left thinks because what it watches on tv is what everyone else does. And that if it doesn’t see an issue dominate on MSNBC and CNN then it is not on the radar of voters.

    We completely misjudged how voters responded to Covid and barely won this last election because of this.

  2. Victor on

    DHS Secretary style of communication regarding asylum is straight out of the woke playbook. It is untruthful and condescending.

    Biden needs to get a grip over the narrative about immigration by stopping officials from defending chaotic immigration practices.

    Democrats’ stance on immigration should be similar to the one on abortion: it should be rare, legal and safe.

  3. Martin Lawford on

    There already is a road map to citizenship. It is called legal immigration. It is used by honest immigrants, which the illegal immigrants are not, and is required by respectable governments, which the U.S. government is not.


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