“It is hard to understate the intensity of the response to the role of big money.”
Mike Lux, writing at The Huffington Post in “Four Weeks Out: What Will Be the Narrative of Election 2014?,” echoes something that we have been pounding on here at OurFuture.org: Democrats who campaign with a populist message will do better than Democrats who support the “centrist” – big corporate, Wall Street – positions.
In his post, Lux writes:
In a fascinating memo from Stan Greenberg and James Carville’s Democracy Corps and Page Gardner at Women’s Voices Women’s Vote Action Fund, they suggest that there is a modest but nonetheless quite significant trend toward Democratic candidates in the battleground Senate races. … They argue that a populist message especially focused on women voters’ top economic concerns and attacking the big money corporate interests that want to “make sure CEOs paid no higher taxes and that their loopholes are protected, while working men and women struggle” moves these razor-tight races an average of 4 crucial points, from -2 to +2.
… Democrats should be driving the story of the corrupting influence of big money in politics. As the DCorps memo states: “It is hard to understate the intensity of the response to the role of big money.”
I’m going to repeat that. Focusing “on women voters’ top economic concerns and attacking the big money corporate interests that want to “make sure CEOs paid no higher taxes and that their loopholes are protected, while working men and women struggle” moves these razor-tight races an average of 4 crucial points, from -2 to +2.”
How can Democrats say this? Lux suggests this:
The real-world narrative Democrats should tell is about the spending of the Koch brothers and their agenda, which they laid out at their secret meeting in June: no minimum wage, no Social Security, no public education or student loans, lower taxes for the wealthy, and less regulations. “Because we can make more in profit,” said their so-called “grand-strategist” Richard Fink.
Not a bad idea, considering that the Koch brothers network is driving much of the Republican party at this point, and certainly their money is driving much of the election.
Democrats, there is still time.
Here are a few posts to check out (Many of these, plus some other useful posts, are on our “Winning Issues for 2014” page):
- Campaign 2014: Will Democrats Get the Message?
- The Way to Win: Election Talk with Celinda Lake
- The Five Worst Things Republicans Have Promised To Do To Americans
- Republicans for What?
- Democrats Can Win on Social Security – by Fighting to Increase It
- Republican Campaign Is All Fear All The Time
- Senate Republicans Filibuster Equal Pay For Women (Again)
- Democrats in D.C. Must Fight For More Jobs – Or Risk Losing Their Own
- Poll Shows How Democrats Can Win With A Public Education Agenda
- To Win This November, Democrats Need the Minimum-Wage Movement
- Midterm Ad Watch: Republicans Literally Running On Nothing
- There’s No Republican Wave Because Nobody Likes Republicans
- Why Republicans May Not Win The Senate After All
- Voters Will Oppose Politicians Who Support “NAFTA-Style” Trade Deals
- Beyond Ferguson: If You Want Our Vote, Mind The Black Wealth Gap
- Senate Republicans Vote to Silence Working Americans