... former Missouri DEM REP warns the Party:
'Find your way back to the hearts and minds of voters
like me or lose your identity – and keep losing elections.'
THE TURNING POINT FOR THE DEMS' DEMISEExclusive: Jeff Roorda explains how party's dissing of cops led to Trump victory
It’s hard for statisticians who see us as mere numbers to understand or measure something as esoteric as intensity of emotion. In Hillary Clinton, you had a candidate who raised the intensity of fear, anger and skepticism among Republican voters to an all-time high. At the same time, the only intense emotion she could muster from Democrats was contagious indifference.
And, indeed, while Clinton was courting voters based on their identity, Trump was appealing to them based on their ideology. Hillary had little success in exciting voters based on their demographics – particularly skin color and youthfulness – but Trump had great success at exciting voters by appealing to their most intense core values.
There was something else at play, though. Something more profound.
The demographers who had precociously predicted an undefeatable rainbow coalition for Democrats forgot about – or at the very least, took for granted – one very important component of past election victories: suburbanites.
A stubborn defense of Obamacare, Marxist schemes to create a backdoor hamburger tax by raising the minimum wage to an unsustainable $15 an hour and amnesty programs for illegal immigrants were extraordinarily off-putting to folks living in sleepy bedroom communities around the country. But the Dems could have held onto enough voters in battleground suburbs to carry the day if it weren’t for their incessant assault on law enforcement.
I’m one of those suburban Democrats who is disenchanted with the current state of the party. I’ve been a Democrat my whole life, serving eight years as a Democratic lawmaker until I was termed-out of the Missouri House. There used to be a place for a guy like me in the party – a guy who supports law and order, public education, organized labor and retirement security. But Obama and Clinton have left voters like me behind.
And, Keith Ellison leaves no place in the party for a guy like me – the kind of guy that Democrats need to win elections.√ Read more at: http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/the-turning-point-for-the-dems-demise/#xvFxKk3Kj0BxDYMA.99