Democratic Campaigning 2018 / 2020

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The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

That is it. That is our campaign message for the next 2 election cycles. We start it today and we don’t stop.

The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it. We can add details from time to time, but carefully. Details confuse Americans.

Do you have a particular issue that is really important to you? Good. Think about that. Talk about it during primaries. Not during the general, that’s time for a different message.

The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

A little background: Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party in 2016 had 1,568 (approximately) White Papers and Policy Statements. Donald Trump had four words: Make America Great Again.

Under those four words in the fine print he had five more: Only I can fix it.

He is President of the United States. His party controls both houses of Congress. Their campaign worked.

Yes, he had to get help from Russia, and he had to revitalize the absolute scum of America, the racists, anti-Semites, xenophobes, the greedy and the ill educated, but he is still the guy in the White House. And they still have the entire Congress.

Remember the legendary KISS? Keep It Simple, Stupid!

The government is broken. The Republican party broke it. On purpose. Only Democrats can fix it.

Do you work 60 hours a week and sleep in your car? The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

Did your sister have to take bankruptcy because she got injured in a wreck and her medical insurance didn’t cover it? The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

Have you been too busy scraping by to take a vacation since 1998? The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

Did all the good jobs leave your state? The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

Is corporate America stealing everything that isn’t nailed down? The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

Did the cheap Chinese piece of shit shoes you bought at WalMart fall apart in nine days? The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

Are crazy people shooting up schools, churches, bars, and public places?

The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

Are Americans dying in wars all over the world forever?

The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it.

I am dead serious here.

To make this story sell we have to do two things:

One, we have to understand that Congress runs the country, and the President is largely a figurehead, manager, and Grand Diplomat.

Two, we have to campaign like we believe it.

One thing the Republicans have done that has worked for them is focus more on electing Congresses than Presidents. Because of that they have been able to blame everything the 104th and 105th Congress screwed up on Bill Clinton. They were able to blame everything the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses screwed up on George W. Bush, who was an easy target. And they have managed to blame everything the 114th Congress screwed up on Barack Obama. On top of that, they were able to blame everything Barack Obama couldn’t get done under the 112th and 113th Congresses on him too, which was even easier because he still had the Senate. Not enough to break a filibuster, but he appeared to have a majority. But. Without the House nothing ever happens period.

Not since 1979 have the Democrats had a Congressional majority large enough to pass contested legislation. The last time Democrats by themselves could halt a filibuster and pass legislation was under President Jimmy Carter. During part of the 111th Congress, during President Obama’s first half term, there were enough Democrats and Indpendents together to break a filibuster if they didn’t lose one single vote. Not one.

Not, for instance, enough Democrats to get a Public Option written into the ACA.

For 16 out of the last 24 years there has been a Democrat in the White House. It’s the best thing that ever happened to Republicans. They can screw up the economy, plunge the nation into endless wars and insurmountable debt, send all the jobs overseas and all the money to the top tenth of 1%, and point at the Democratic President. “Obama’s recovery didn’t create any wage growth!”

Yeah. No joke. For exactly two of those 24 years, Democrats could pass Democratic legislation.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt couldn’t have accomplished one single thing under circumstances like these.

Presidents do not run the country. Congress runs the country. Don’t just nod your head. Internalize that fact. It is the most important fact in American electoral politics.

Once you realize that the mess we are in is entirely of Republican making, every part of it, every detail in every way on every day, and that they did it by controlling Congress, you can begin to campaign to solve the problem.

The government is broken. Only Democrats can fix it. Everything, every single thing that makes Americans miserable, Republicans did that. The broke the government on purpose. Only Democrats can fix it.

Elect us.

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2 thoughts on “Democratic Campaigning 2018 / 2020”

  1. Although I agree, I don’t think your slogan idea will work. The Republicans have blamed the Democrats for so long that too many people believe it. We’ve all seen how this works: Tell a falsehood often enough and people come to accept it as fact. We need to say HOW Democrats will fix our broken government, but in only a few words rather than policy papers. “Our Government Has Been Broken By Republican Congresses! Elect Democrats to Congress!” (OK, I know that won’t work as a slogan, but someone will think of one–hopefully soon!)

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