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Will Democrats Heed Trump Election Wake-Up Call?—Part 2—Gene Rothman

Each week, the editor’s of LA Progressive pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Joe Weinstein, who commented on Gene Rothman's "Will Democrats Heed Trump Election Wake-Up Call?—Part 2"

It’s not rocket science. Bill Clinton’s folks won by reminding themselves ‘It’s the economy, stupid!’

What remains necessary is instead rather too simple for sophisticates and analysts to drool over: common-sense candidates focusing on delivering basic common-sense messages

It was precisely that basic simple approach that Hillary and even to some extent Bernie walked away from. Instead they talked up special and peripheral programs and ideas – to be sure quite good ones (everything from climate sanity to cheaper college). But, in their sophistication, they compulsively avoided the simple basics: more jobs, better jobs for those who used to have them or are seeking them, guaranteed sufficient minimum income for all, and respect for everyone regardless of supposed special ‘identities’.

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Now, what we hear and read is an alleged need for more such sophistication, an alleged need to somehow grandiosely ‘remake’ the Democratic party – complete with careful calculations on how far ‘left’ or ‘right’ (whatever either of those terms actually objectively mean) ‘the Party’ should go.

It all amounts to more rocket science, something like cannons to kill fleas.

What remains necessary is instead rather too simple for sophisticates and analysts to drool over: common-sense candidates focusing on delivering basic common-sense messages to folks’ basic concerns for income and respect. When you do that, 90% and more of the needed turnout activism will automatically be practiced by your voters themselves.