TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2022
In search of more wins at the polls: We lost a chunk of time today, Plus, Election Day is finally upon us.
For those reasons, we're going to start with the same list we posted yesterday. It's Kevin Drum's list of seven ways we liberals are supposedly seen by one specific group of Others.
As you may recall, Kevin's list goes exactly like this:
Things centrist voters don't like about us:
1) They think we're too lax on crime.
2) They think we're constantly making up stupid new rules.
3) They think we want to let in too many illegal immigrants.
4) They think we want to spend money endlessly and drive up the debt.
5) They were appalled by the looting and rioting during the BLM protests of 2020 and think Democrats should have denounced it more vigorously.
6) They think wokeness is ridiculous. They want us to stop talking like academics from another galaxy.
7) They do not like being called racist.
In Kevin's view, those are seven perceptions—admittedly, perceptions among a group of Others—which help our tribe lose at the polls.
As we noted yesterday, we don't know what kinds of "new rules" are contemplated in item #2. Of the other six perceptions, our scorecard would go something like this:
At present, we'd say that one of those perceptions—but only one—is basically off the wall. We'd say there's at least a bit of merit to the other five—and we'd say that two of those perceptions are extremely well founded and help explain why it's hard for our tribe to win elections.
(Jon Lovitz, 34 years ago: "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy!")
In our view, the perceptions adumbrated by Drum are well worth discussing. That said, our tribe is routinely in love with the things we do, and we seem to have few plans to change.
Today could be a very bad day—or, of course, possibly not! Setting those known unknowns to the side, the basic question we're asking remains:
Why can't we win more at the polls?