MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2022
Kevin Drum's seven ideas: Tomorrow night, we'll start to learn who won this year's elections.
For now, a quick review:
The Democratic Party's candidates have won the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections. That dates back to Bill Clinton's first win in 1992.
That said, the GOP may hold control of the Senate and the House by the time this year's elections are over. Part of the reason is this:
Under present conditions, quirks and anomalies of our electoral systems tend to favor Republican candidates on all three federal levels—presidential, Senate and congressional.
In part, this helps explain why the GOP may emerge victorious this week. But it also raises an important question:
What sorts of things can our blue tribe do in search of better outcomes?
One way to get better outcomes is to win over centrist / swing / independent voters, or at least to stop driving them away. (That isn't the only way to get better outcomes, but it's certainly one of the possible routes to success.)
How can blue tribe members win over more of these voters? In a post he offered over the weekend, Kevin Drum listed seven "things centrist voters don't like about us liberals."
Drum identified seven such items. For the record, he was simply offering his view about what centrist voters think.
Here are Kevin's seven items. We'll replace his bullets points with numbers:
"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.
Regarding point #2, we're not sure what kinds of "new rules" Kevin has in mind. That said, there are several items on that list we regard as extremely important—as tragic and unyielding routes to persistent tribal defeat.
Drum listed those seven perceived imperfections. Commenters began pushing back.
Some commenters offered the oldest reaction in our species' dog-eared book. More on this topic to follow.