So roughly to answer a friend’s question how is Trump to be beaten? Assuming the election is close, which in Electoral College terms is likely, then it will be decided by a few hundred thousand voters in Wisc, Michigan, Penn. If Ohio and Florida roll in Dem then its not close.
The last election may well have been lost by Trump lies, Comey, Jill Stein, Russian hackers, but that only counted cos it was close in Electoral College terms.
These swing voters that delivered us to Trump, in the main voted President Obama twice and then voted Trump once. So it is hard to call them bigots, deplorables etc. And hardly helps if you do. Absent either party actually representing a real economic New Deal, they voted challenge status quo and maybe identity: proud Deplorables?
The only real issue that matters this year is how to swing them back? What credible policies, what personal identification with the candidate, what political message? Right now I rather doubt the Dems have this? And personally I guess my money would be on Pete Buttigieg, but that is very subjective and I am far from convinced.
What do you reckon?
As one of these voters in Michigan put it in a Guardian report: “If the Democrats don’t have a compelling policy answer to address people’s actual problems, then they’re just going to keep being resentful and keep voting for the most spiteful right wing people.”
The mid terms suggest healthcare may be part of that, but incredible Medicare for All in one step hardly cuts it for me. A public option to Obamacare carefully pitched more likely.
I would also add my favorite quote from former leader of China, Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997): “I don’t care if a cat is black or white so long as it catches mice.” Insert Trump for mice.