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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Dan Pfeiffer: Democratic political operatives have been banging their heads against the wall trying to figure out what went wrong in 2016. How did the party lose one of the most winnable elections in recent history?

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Key points FTA:

First, do not make this election solely about Donald Trump. The idea that the challenger wants a campaign to be a referendum on the incumbent rather than a choice between two candidates is a staple of political conventional wisdom. It is also a mistake.

Trump has dominated the national conversation for five years. His flaws are known by all. The Democrats should want this to be a choice between competing, starkly different visions for the country. If it's all about Trump, Democrats will lose.

Second, find ways to frame this economy on your own terms. As Obama showed in 2012, the candidate who succeeds in defining the terms of the economic debate will win the election. Romney's entire strategy was to lay the blame for the sluggish economy at Obama's feet while claiming that his business experience made him better suited to jump-start the recovery.

But Obama won handily because he reframed the economic question before voters. Instead of an up-or-down vote based on the unemployment rate or weak growth, the Obama campaign turned a question of economic performance into one of economic fairness by focusing on how Romney's policies favored the wealthy over the middle and working class.

Third, get out of the liberal Twitter bubble. Finally, one of Romney's biggest errors was being stuck in the conservative news bubble. The only people truly shocked by Obama's victory, which was predicted by the polls and the various data models, was the Romney campaign.

The Democratic nominee needs to recognize that a lot of the voters we need see Trump very differently than most of us that populate liberal Twitter, watch MSNBC and listen to Pod Save America. According to polling and focus groups, despite a Cheesecake Factory menu's worth of scandal, they still see Trump as someone who represents change.

Finally, voters are not naive. Outside of the MAGA base, most have a pretty nuanced view of Trump. These impressions can and must be changed"in some cases with only a modicum of new information. But only if Democrats run against the person these voters see, not the person they know Trump to be.


#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-02-18 04:03 PM | Reply

Mitt was too nice of a guy, wasn't able to, or willing to call out BS, and suffered from some elitist social faux-pas which were recorded and disseminated to the public. Bloomberg would suffer the same fate if he was the chosen one among the DNC.

Bloomberg recently had such a recorded example when talking about agriculture and IT skills in a forum.

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-02-18 04:35 PM | Reply

Bloomberg recently had such a recorded example when talking about agriculture and IT skills in a forum.

#2 | POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2020-02-18 04:35 PM | FLAG:

That was fake news.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-18 04:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That was fake news.

#3 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

Ah, if it really was an edited or out of context clip, it got a lot of play on socials media.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-02-18 06:28 PM | Reply

Dems Beware: Don't Be Like Mitt in 2012

Compared to Bloomberg, Romney is a saint.

Bloomberg is only in the race to kill of the Democratic Party.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-18 06:32 PM | Reply

Ah, if it really was an edited or out of context clip, it got a lot of play on socials media.

#4 | POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2020-02-18 06:28 PM | FLAG:

There is an article about it on the front page of this very website, right now. It's been up for a few days.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-18 06:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bloomberg is no Dem.He is an oligarch, we no longer have a republic, we have become an oligarchy. The congress is apparently almost completely OWNED by the super wealthy. Citizens United in 2010 cemented the idea of elections only being winnable if BILLIONS of dollars are spent. The common man is futher removed from the political class today than they have ever been In our history and that is saying a lot.

#7 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-19 12:24 AM | Reply

Bernie Sanders is a major problem for the Democrats.

If Bernie gets the nomination = Major Problem

If the DNC screws Bernie out of the nomination = Major Problem

If Bloomberg beats Bernie fair and square = Major Problem

This is the
@ScottAdamsSays
Bernie Bomb theory.

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-02-19 12:26 AM | Reply

Bernie will whip Trump's ass. And you,mattress, will cry bitter tears on your pillow about it.

#9 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-19 02:16 AM | Reply

Mitt lost because everything about him screams FAKE. That is why Warren didn't stand a chance. Warren comes off as someone with no core values or convictions.

Hate Trump or Bill Clinton - but Trump has core values that he has been pushing for decades. For Bill Clinton - he is as fake as Warren but is able to overcome that with sheer force of personality. Mitt was fake in the used car salesman way. Warren is fake in the outright fabricator about small ---- that doesn't even matter but she feels compelled to say it anyway for some reason.

#10 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2020-02-19 06:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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The left called him Rmoney, which in retrospect is very laughable now that their new darling could buy and sell Romney many times over.

#11 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-02-19 07:46 AM | Reply

Trump is as easy to beat as a rented mule. Ignore his mouth and his Twitter account, and focus on what he has done. The list of offensive actions is all day long. There is plenty on that list to make anyone but Stalin blush. Talk about what Trump has done, and he will only be able to counter with 'fake news', Kellyanne and smirks...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2020-02-19 09:09 AM | Reply

"Talk about what Trump has done"

Trump may be the most accomplished President in our nation's history:
1) He got conservative judge Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.
2) The stock market is at an all-time high.
3) Consumer confidence is at an all-time high.
4) He created millions of jobs by undoing Obama's regulations.
5) Mortgage applications for new homes is at a 7 year high.
6) Unemployment rate is at a 50 year low.
7) Signed the promoting women in entrepreneurship act.
8) Gutted over 800 Obama era regulations thus freeing up companies to hire again and get the economy moving once again.
9) Ended the war on coal and caused a new mine for coal mining to open that will mine clean coal. He also put the miners back to work.
10) Weakened Dodd-Frank regulations.
11) Promotes buying and hiring American.
12) Investments from major businesses such as Foxconn, Ford ,Toyota, Intel and others will build here now.
13) Building the border wall as promised.
14) Fighting against sanctuary cities.
15) Changed the rules of engagement against ISIS.
16) Drafted a plan to defeat ISIS.
17) Worked to reduce the cost of the F-35 fighter jets.
18) Imposed a five year lobbying plan.
19) Sanctioned Iran over its' missile program.
20) Responded to Syria's use of chemical weapons.
21) Reduced tax reform plan.
22) Renegotiated NAFTA and replaced with the USMCA.

#13 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-02-19 09:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

23) He withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership thus keeping jobs here.
24) He pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accords thus saving us millions of dollars every year.
25) Created a task force to reduce crime.
26) The DOJ is targeting dangerous gangs like MS-13.
27) Signed independence and economic growth law.
28) Signed an executive order to protect police officers and target drug cartels.
29) Signed an executive order for religious freedom.
30) His administration is working on sending education back to the states.
31) He's fixing the dept. of Veterans affairs so now vets can choose their own doctors and be covered. This also protects whistle blowers and allows VA to terminate bad employees.
32) Authorized construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines. The Dakota pipeline is up and running without harming the environment.
33) Created commissions on election fraud and opioid addiction.
34) Food stamp use is the lowest level in decades along with government dependency.
35) Reduced the White House payroll saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
36) Has donated his Presidential salary to various causes.
37) Signed over 52 pieces of legislation.
38) Cut 600 billion from UN peacekeeping mission.
39) Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years.
40) Making NATO allies pay billions of their fair share of dues owed.
41) Signed Criminal Justice Reform, "First Step Act"."
42) Negotiated the USMCA trade deal with Mexico and Canada and eliminated the disastrous NAFTA.
43) Brokered the biggest trade deal in history between the United States and China.

#14 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-02-19 09:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm hoping someone else will respond to that laughable list of "accomplishments" as i don't have the energy today.

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2020-02-19 09:51 AM | Reply

I'm hoping someone else will respond to that laughable list of "accomplishments" as i don't have the energy today.

Just do #41. Laugh at it, progressive.

#16 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2020-02-19 10:11 AM | Reply

"I'm hoping someone else will respond to that laughable list of "accomplishments" as i don't have the energy today.
#15 | POSTED BY JOE"

This is code for:

OMG! MAGA 2020!

#17 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-02-19 10:45 AM | Reply

If Bloomberg beats Bernie fair and square = Major Problem

Considering Bloomberg spent a lot of money persuading the DNC to change its rules for him, I'd say the "fair and square" method has already sailed.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-19 11:00 AM | Reply

Compared to Bloomberg, Romney is a saint.
Bloomberg is only in the race to kill of the Democratic Party.
#5 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

I would vote Romney over Bloomberg in a heart beat.

He isn't in it to kill off the Democratic Party. He is in it to kill off Bernie Sanders threat to billionaires and to piss off Trump.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-19 12:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#14 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Your copy and paste is cute but mostly wrong.

1) He got conservative judge Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.
That's a bad thing.
2) The stock market is at an all-time high.
He took a $5.5 trillion loan out and increased government spending to do it.
3) Consumer confidence is at an all-time high.
While manufacturing is slumping.
4) He created millions of jobs by undoing Obama's regulations.
There is no evidence cutting regulations led to this much job growth or was good for the country as a whole. Worse, job growth slowed after Trump took office.
5) Mortgage applications for new homes is at a 7 year high.
This is due to the Federal Reserve lowing interest rates and a growing population.
6) Unemployment rate is at a 50 year low.
He created less jobs than Obama comparing Obama's last 3 years to Trump's first 3 years.
7) Signed the promoting women in entrepreneurship act.
This was from Congress, not the White House. He just signed off on it even though it doesn't do much.
8) Gutted over 800 Obama era regulations thus freeing up companies to hire again and get the economy moving once again.
Job growth still slowed under Trump and those regulations cut will have lasting effects on clean water and air.
9) Ended the war on coal and caused a new mine for coal mining to open that will mine clean coal. He also put the miners back to work.
Coal Mining jobs are being slashed.
10) Weakened Dodd-Frank regulations.
Because another 2008 sounds wonderful?
11) Promotes buying and hiring American.
He doesn't even do this himself.
12) Investments from major businesses such as Foxconn, Ford ,Toyota, Intel and others will build here now.
This is patently false. Foxconn was a con job. We basically paid them to build a factory then they scaled it back to make even more money off Wisconsin tax payers.
13) Building the border wall as promised.
Which is being cut through with $30 power tools, scaled with $15 ladders, blown over by strong winds, and open 3 months of the year due to rain.
14) Fighting against sanctuary cities.
And losing.
15) Changed the rules of engagement against ISIS.
And ISIS is now getting stronger again.
16) Drafted a plan to defeat ISIS.
And failed.
17) Worked to reduce the cost of the F-35 fighter jets.
Which was planned before Trump took office.
18) Imposed a five year lobbying plan.
With enough loopholes to look like Swiss Cheese.
19) Sanctioned Iran over its' missile program.
And got them starting their nuclear weapons program again. Backfired.
20) Responded to Syria's use of chemical weapons.
By leaving?
21) Reduced tax reform plan.
By doubling the deficit and giving out tax breaks to corporations for stock buy backs?
22) Renegotiated NAFTA and replaced with the USMCA.
Which did very very little.

#20 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-19 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

23) He withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership thus keeping jobs here.
No, it didn't. In fact, he started a trade war with China for issues the TPP was fixing.
24) He pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accords thus saving us millions of dollars every year.
And costing us trillions in future environmental issues.
25) Created a task force to reduce crime.
Which did nothing and were mostly already being done.
26) The DOJ is targeting dangerous gangs like MS-13.
Which they were doing before.
27) Signed independence and economic growth law.
Which essentially ignored our oil dependence by refusing to help renewable energy.
28) Signed an executive order to protect police officers and target drug cartels.
Which again was something already being done
29) Signed an executive order for religious freedom.
Which has become a joke
30) His administration is working on sending education back to the states.
Because Texas and Oklahoma should be able to teach Creation Science? His education secretary just accredited a school with no teachers, classrooms or students.
31) He's fixing the dept. of Veterans affairs so now vets can choose their own doctors and be covered. This also protects whistle blowers and allows VA to terminate bad employees.
Hasn't happened yet
32) Authorized construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines. The Dakota pipeline is up and running without harming the environment.
Must be an old list. The pipelines have already ruptured repeatedly.
33) Created commissions on election fraud and opioid addiction.
And done nothing to stop either. The election fraud commission went down in flames.
34) Food stamp use is the lowest level in decades along with government dependency.
Because he raised the requirements
35) Reduced the White House payroll saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Not being able to hire people isn't the same as reducing payroll. And it's killed many of their initiatives with incompetence.
36) Has donated his Presidential salary to various causes.
And made millions more off tax payaers.
37) Signed over 52 pieces of legislation.
Quality should count but it obviously doesn't in your post.
38) Cut 600 billion from UN peacekeeping mission.
It was $600 million and it means likely more conflict worldwide.
39) Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years.
False. They were the lowest in 12 years on the 4th of July. That's it.
40) Making NATO allies pay billions of their fair share of dues owed.
While weakening NATO and failing to send aid to Ukraine as required by law.
41) Signed Criminal Justice Reform, "First Step Act"."
This was actually a good thing but it wasn't his idea. And his DOJ has been going after marijuana growers despite it.
42) Negotiated the USMCA trade deal with Mexico and Canada and eliminated the disastrous NAFTA.
You already said this. The USMCA changed very very little.
43) Brokered the biggest trade deal in history between the United States and China.
Fact Check says false. It's actually half the size of the US-Mexico-Canada deal. And it's about 1/10 the size TPP would have been. It's 1/4 the size of the deal between the EU and Japan.

#14 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Literally everything you post is stuff Trump didn't do, isn't good, hasn't been nearly as helpful as you pretend, has been contradicted by other things Trump did, or is an outright lie.

The legal and economic analysis says Trump rode the Obama economic recovery and slowed it down while trying to take credit for it.

The only thing Trump has accomplished is not blowing up the economy while he managed to blow up the national deficit.

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-19 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

And there's no such thing as "clean coal" !

#22 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-02-19 02:50 PM | Reply

43) Brokered the biggest trade deal in history between the United States and China.

That actually does nothing to reverse the pain of farmers and consumers as most of the tariffs that AMERICAN CONSUMERS have been paying stay in place. A backdoor tax hike on middle class to offset the egregious tax cuts to the 1%.

It takes a truly special person to cheerlead paying more in taxes while billionaires are hoarding more and more of the wealth in the nation.

#23 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-19 04:03 PM | Reply

Whoever wins the nomination won't be saddled with one of Romney's biggest problems - an extremely hostile media. Romney was pilloried, even after the first debate which he won handily the coverage of his campaign was overwhelmingly negative. The Democratic Party has a propaganda operation masquerading as an objective press.

#24 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-20 10:09 AM | Reply

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