Twenty-four years later, Clinton’s wife, Hillary Clinton, ran for president with the slogans “I’m With Her” and “Love Trumps Hate.” What happened to the economy?
Since Bill Clinton’s 1992 trouncing of Bush, the pivotal role talking about the economy is playing in an election has been pursued by both sides—because it works. In fact, just talking about the issues which affect middle-class Americans works as well. However, in the past ten years, Democrats have begun to falter.
Instead of talking about the economy, Democrats, up and down the ballot, have begun to focus on the stupidity of their opponent—a surefire way to lose an election.
The first instance of this started in the 2000 presidential election. After eight years of the tech bubble and Clinton economic prosperity, Vice President Al Gore was destined for the presidency; all he had to do was talk about the economic success of the Clinton administration and how he’d carry that over. Of course, Gore didn’t ...
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... moderates, Kander dismissed what he called “the old construct about Blue Dogs” and went for an entirely progressive platform. According to Kander, he ran “on a progressive message: economic fairness, college affordability and equality for the L.G.B.T. community.” Kander also emphasized that Democrats shouldn’t hide behind their beliefs, but rather “lean in, full force.”
Kander’s story should give Democrats hope. The days of solely focusing a campaign on candidates’ opponents will never lead the party to electoral success. Rather, campaigns that promote what the candidates actually believe and embrace progressive economic platforms will yield success for Democrats. If Democratic candidates would stop labeling their opponents and voters as a “basket of deplorables”, and instead communicate their message, those same people might just join their “basket of supporters.”
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