“There’s honor in compromise and civility.” Ezra Klein interviewing Joe Trippi, the chief media strategist on the Doug Jones campaign.
The lessons from Doug Jones’ win in Alabama are discussed in this interesting piece on VOX: “A top Doug Jones staffer explains the Alabama win.” By
Trump is creating enough chaos and divisiveness and hostility that Republicans who would never ordinarily vote for a Democrat say, “Okay, well I’ve got all the chaos and hostility I can handle right now. I’ll vote for somebody who wants to try to find common ground and get things done for me, even if they’re a Democrat.”
There is a lesson here for our district: NY CD-1. It is all about getting those middle of the road voters disgusted by Trump/Zeldin, without losing the energy of the Democratic/Progressive base.
And there is another centrist Dem. , Patty Schachtner, winning in a Rep. district by emphasizing local issues. As per the WaPo and
A stunning Democratic victory, Tuesday, in a special election deep in the heart of Trump country suggests a blue tsunami could be forming.
President Trump became the first Republican to carry Wisconsin in a presidential election since Ronald Reagan by running up his score in places like the rural 10th state Senate district, along the Minnesota border. Trump won there by 17 points in 2016.
There is an important lesson here for national Democrats: Schachtner is the sort of candidate who can actually defeat GOP incumbents in red congressional districts this fall. She has deep roots in the community, and she is not a fire-breathing liberal. Her campaign focused not on attacking Trump but fighting the opioid crisis, improving access to health care and bringing good-paying jobs to the region. She didn’t need to talk about the president to benefit from an outpouring of progressive energy and conservative apathy.