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Notes for Next Time: From Turnoff to Turnout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The voting turnout in this year's congressional and gubernatorial elections was the lowest since 1942. Much of the story was in young people, poor people, black and Hispanic citizens who tend to support Democrats voting in far lower numbers than in 2008 or 2012. The Democrats just weren't offering them very much. But the other part of the Election Day story was older voters and the white working class, especially men, deserting the Democrats in droves -- again, because Democrats didn't seem to be offering much. Republicans, at least, were promising lower taxes. Turnout on average dropped from 2012 by a staggering 42 percent. But as Sam Wang reported in a post-election piece for the American Prospect, the drop-off was evidently worse for Democrats. The two parts of this story seem to create an impossible conundrum for Democrats.

How The Democrats Can Win In November

Posted 06.19.2012 | Home

Excerpt from George Lakeoff and Elisabeth Wehling’s THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic (Free Press). Co...

New GOP Congress on Thin Ice

Oghene Oyiborhoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oghene Oyiborhoro

Folks on main street want to see both parties work together. Republicans cannot simply stand idle and wait for the Democrats to meet them halfway.

Democrats Must Stop Listing, Start Tipping

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

Like fourth graders hoping to be rewarded for a good report card, far too many Democrats were convinced the only way to get voters to support them was to present inventories of positive actions they had performed in office.

Democrats Draw Up Blueprints For Summer Messaging Campaign

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Congress set to break for its lengthy August recess, Democratic strategists have formulated a summer strategy to try to make the most of the inte...