It is the day after the media hyped test bed for the predicted 2018 #BlueWave. And from where I sit, #TheResistence did pretty well yesterday in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Idaho and Oregon. It is probably because I caught up on the results while sitting on conference calls, but my thoughts are all over the place today, so here they are:
- I am Dead tired of the media defining the word “moderate” when it comes to politicians. John Morganelli running in PA-7 ( a newly drawn district) is not a moderate if he has spent time plumping for a Trump Administration job. Even Joe Manchin doesn’t do this and I wouldn’t characterize him as “moderate” either. I want the media to stop calling Susan Collins a moderate too.
- There’s a bunch of back and forth on whether the left or moderates are winning and it looks from here that Democratic voters are winning. But the strategy of fully engaging your voters over the issues that are important to them is still winning. Capture your Dem voters with as many progressive ideas as possible, then expand out. Don’t start out reaching past your own damn voters.
- Candidates who switched from being Republican did not do so well in Dem primaries. Can You Hear Me Delaware?
- If I’m in charge of the DCCC, I’m getting my crew to rethink my selection model.
- There are people who won today who likely won’t win in the Fall, but we need to support everyone we can because these folks are doing essential messaging. And don’t throw them to the curb if they lose. They found a way to connect with Democrats in places where people don’t often care about that, so keep those skillsets around.
- SHOUT OUT TO THE LADIES! Female candidates did themselves proud yesterday and I am going to be interested to see if there is a greater female turnout yesterday.
- It is gratifying to see the D overton window moving to the left. And moving to the left on the terms of the local D voters. Progressive Dem ideas have an audience and there is a reason for that. It really is amazing to watch Democrats who are fully present for their voters. That should be the media story — how fired up Dems are voting for their communities and their interests.
- I’m also tired of the media resorting to generic Democrats to get feedback on elections. Or I need to know how to get on a rolodex so they can call me.
- Paulette Jordan! Progressive ideas coming from a more rural part of Idaho.
- FETTERMAN! So delighted that he won the primary. He can be a huge help to Wolf (I think) and if he can get past the General, he is basically campaigning for Toomey’s Senate seat. I saw him in late 2015 when he was running in the PA Senate primary and thought he was a genuinely great candidate with a great message. I think he was written off as a crank, but got something like 20% of the vote in a 3 way primary. The fact that Bernie did not endorse him then pissed me off.
- This fall is going to be fun.
What do you think?