They registered to vote, didnt they?
So what? I had premium cable for years.
what the fuck does that have to do with voting?
Same thing having ESPN has to do with being interested in football.
Then- nothing whatsoever at all.
You register to vote because you are interested in voting.
It is not part of a package deal.
A lot of places have automatic voter registration when you get a driver’s license.
Didn’t you just say that only 67% of registered voters bothered to vote in the most participated election of the last 100 years?
What are 33% of registered non-voters waiting for, a personalized formal invitation on linen stationary?
Thanks for writing that, it’s be best summary of the authoritarian mindset I’ve read.
Great post. I think another tangent to this is: In the eyes of many Trump voters, the best defense against liberal tyranny is…a tyrant of one’s own. Only a tyrant can invoke the necessary power and unity to fight liberal tyranny effectively (regardless of whether liberal tyranny actually exists.)
So I guess sleeping with hookers is not a problem then and does not humiliate a mans Wife. Ok then. Oh and illegally paying them off to stay quite. That’s ok too.
Gently resting your hands on a woman’s shoulders is a real no no though. Nope, I’m not listening to Trump supporters any longer.
Many are waiting for the GOP’s Jim Crow voter suppression efforts to stop so they can vote.
I see it as the Democrats talking to them to find out why they didn’t vote D, and then adjusting policies or messaging to address those reasons. Just listening isn’t going to help if you don’t do anything in response. And no, I don’t mean adopting the Republican party platform. This should only apply to marginal voters who might feasibly change their minds.
Thanks for this essay — I found it helpful and illuminating. Seriously.
Trouble is, many of these reasons are not just different, not just wrong… they are either batshit insane or morally repugnant.
What are Democrats supposed to do? Alter their policies and treat gay people as second class citizens? Alter their policies and admit that Democrats are child kidnappers? Alter their policies to say that Covid is hoax?
Serious question: What specific Democratic policy platform, if altered or added, would attract some significant number of Republican voters and not negatively impact current support by Democratic party voters? IOW, a net gain for Dems.
And if not a policy, then what argument or appeal can be offered that isn’t or hasn’t been made?
IMHO, the Democrats wouldn’t have to actually change any policies, just pay lip service to some grievances. Saying some things like “white men face discrimination,” “flyover America has been neglected,” “China is a security threat and human-rights abuser” or “we need to value unborn life” would win over many Trumpers while not having to actually change policy one bit.
So Dems need to resort to cynical platitudes, like Republicans have done for dozens of years. It’s that simple?
Judging from the article about Florida, countering the Republicans’ claim that Joe Biden is the second coming of Hugo Chávez would have helped there.
I don’t know what specific policies would help because I’m not a Trump voter living in flyover country, but I do think offering change is important, rather than promising more of the same. It worked for Obama.
Most of those are reasonable statements, so what’s the problem with saying them?