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…