Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Keep Doing Popular Stuff!

Two Democratic consultants, Jessica Tarlov and Antjuan Seawright, get a lot of things right in a piece on The Hill site. This ain't rocket science people!
"First and foremost, Democrats must keep doing popular things. Joe Biden was the only candidate in the Democratic field, and certainly in the general election, who understood that Twitter isn’t real life. He has grounded his agenda in opinion polling that shows tremendous support for the policies he’s putting forward. That’s a pretty logical approach, but one that, for some reason, many pundits can’t wrap their heads around.
From the high approval for the American Rescue Plan to his handling of the coronavirus to rejoining the Paris Agreement and World Health Organization to restarting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Biden hasn’t taken an action unpopular with the majority of Americans since his inauguration. That’s also how he has kept his approval rating above 50 percent.
Democrats have to keep it up. Eschew policies that are polarizing and appeal only to the fringes. Extinguish any discussion of “defund the police,” which is supported by only 18 percent of Americans. Stick to popular gun reform policies such as universal background checks and closing the so-called Charleston loophole. Common sense keeps Democrats in charge and independents happy with the direction in which the country is going.
To that end, new polling from Morning Consult shows that 65 percent of registered voters support funding Biden’s infrastructure plan by raising taxes on corporations. That includes 42 percent of Republican voters. This will be another feather in Biden’s cap and will position Democrats well for state and national elections over the next two years.....
Democrats must seize the opportunity to expand voting opportunities and push back against Republican efforts. H.R. 1, the For the People Act, must be a top legislative priority, but as we look to expand our tent we must also be cautious in our rhetoric. There are certainly egregious pushes to limit access to the ballot box, but there are also many moderates who would support Democrats but don’t want to be told that they’re racist for thinking that voters should present a valid photo I.D. when voting, for example. We must be tempered where possible and stick to the facts. They more than support our point of view.
Lastly — and we don’t want to belabor this point too much — there is a growing issue with so-called “cancel culture.” A recent Harvard CAPS-Harris poll shows that 64 percent of Americans believe there is “a growing cancel culture” that threatens their freedom. In contrast, 36 percent said they did not view it as a threat to their freedom.
If Republicans had their way, future elections would be fought over faux cancelations of Dr. Seuss and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). But that doesn’t mean this isn’t an issue that resonates with the broader electorate, wherein our words and past actions are being scrutinized and held to high standards with little room for forgiveness.
Whether we like it or not, this practice can be a big turnoff regarding the Democratic Party, especially to independents who aren’t comfortable with partisan [orthodoxy] to begin with. Big issues such as the economy or the coronavirus will always matter more, but we should not alienate voters for no good reason."

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