Sunday, November 17, 2019

How to Win Presidential Elections

I suppose most people have already seen or heard about these remarks of the last successful Democratic Presidential nominee. But I wanted to enshrine them here on my FB page because they are so very, very right. I find it hard to believe that these dead-on takes on the real world of American politics have elicited violent dissent in some quarters but apparently they have. To which I say: he's just a winner telling you how to win. You got a problem with that?
"This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement.. The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it...
We also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds. Or the activist wing of our party...
I think it is very important to all the candidates who are running, at every level, to pay some attention to where voters actually are, and how they think about their lives. And I don’t think we should be deluded into thinking that the resistance to certain approaches to things is simply because voters haven’t heard a bold enough proposal, and as soon as they hear a bold enough proposal that’s going to activate them. Because you know what? It turns out people are cautious, because they don’t have a margin for error."
--Barack Obama, President of these United States in happier times

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