“Tell Us What Your Plan Is To Make Our Life Better”

I’ve discussed before how Democrats are losing the thread by focusing far too much on rebutting Trump’s ridiculousness and on tearing him down. Democrats need to give voters a reason to vote for Clinton (as opposed to against Trump), especially if we want to rally low-attachment voters. We need to tell people how Democrats will address the specific problems in their lives.

Recent focus group data, as reported by the New York Times, from four different sets of black voters seems to bear this out (boldface mine):

Mrs. Clinton is not yet connecting, she said, “because the conversation that younger black voters are having is no longer one about settling on a candidate who is better than the alternative.”

What frustrates many blacks under 40 is Mrs. Clinton’s overriding focus on Mr. Trump.

“We already know what the deal is with Trump,” said Nathan Baskerville, a 35-year-old North Carolina state representative. “Tell us what your plan is to make our life better.”

…“Young people feel discouraged and apprehensive about the political process as is, and then they look at the two options in front of us,” said Mr. Prudhome, adding of Mrs. Clinton: “Nobody has seen an agenda for African-American millennials. I don’t think they believe she cares about them.”

As we like to say around here, people have to like this crap. Hyperventilating about the latest Trump scandal–and those scandals are bad–clearly isn’t working; for a lot of people, worrying about those things is a luxury they can’t afford.

This probably won’t affect Clinton, but if you want a Democratic Congress and Democratic state houses, it matters:

To replicate President Obama’s success in crucial states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, she cannot afford to let the percentage of the electorate that is black slip far below what it was in 2012. And while a modest drop-off of black votes may not imperil Mrs. Clinton’s prospects, given Mr. Trump’s unpopularity among upscale white voters, it could undermine Democrats’ effort to capture control of the Senate and win other down-ballot elections.

Nobody ever listens…

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5 Responses to “Tell Us What Your Plan Is To Make Our Life Better”

  1. sglover says:

    As always, HRC is connecting very well with Americans in Beverly Hills and the Hamptons. Who else matters, really?

  2. albanaeon says:

    Notable that your next post is “Proud Pundit Ignorance.”

    I’m relatively sure that the Washington insiders logic is part of what’s driving Clinton’s neglect here. One, they think everything is fine. And second, that Blacks and Progressives and all won’t have much other choice, so why campaign among them when you can try and steal Moderate Republicans and build a coalition to pass Centrism?

    Which would have the effect of not helping get Congress, but also probably decimate her in the midterms and may even have her lose a second term because she’ll have turned off her base and. like Obama, saved the GOP from its fate which will be thanked by cranking even further off the deep end.

    But the pundits won’t pay the price so who cares?

  3. sglover says:

    @albanaeon

    “that Blacks and Progressives and all won’t have much other choice”

    20 years since “Bulworth”, and Dem “strategy” hasn’t changed a bit.

    “Which would have the effect of not helping get Congress, but also probably decimate her in the midterms and may even have her lose a second term because she’ll have turned off her base and. like Obama, saved the GOP from its fate which will be thanked by cranking even further off the deep end.”

    All perfectly plausible. But by then HRC will already have reached her own personal pinnacle of self-gratification, so what difference does it make?

    Talk to a Clinton shill, and try to suss out even a single glimmer of a “Clinton philosophy”, some hint of a passing notion of what public service is **for**, what government should or can accomplish for a society and its members. I can’t think of a single Clinton principle beyond self-aggrandizement. Not that that makes them unique among national-level Dems, or national-level politicians in general.

  4. sglover says:

    Hey, this Labor Day it sounds like HRC is doing a pre-emptive rollover on a $15 minimum wage! Truly a brave champion of the people!!

  5. albanaeon says:

    @sglover

    From what I can tell about Clinton’s neo-liberalism, public service is to help private industries and individuals get more involved in solving problems. Which is the Clinton Foundation to a T and why H. Clinton didn’t seem to see any problem with her work as SoS overlapping with her Foundation’s regularly.

    That lots of people consider the intertwining of Business and Government to be corruption is ignored because “look at all the good the Foundation does!” That so much good needs to be done because of neo-liberalism and conservatism that is at the heart of the problem is ignored.

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