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Hillary lost, in part, because her campaign lacked much of a central message. A scarce percentage of her media coverage revolved around actual policy, and identity politics failed her where they succeeded for Obama. Unless Trump gets impeached, he will likely use his regular con artist tactics for the 2020 election. Therefore, it behooves the Democrats to refine their communication so the Democratic nominee wins enough fervor to endure Trump's defamation.
The tactics we employed this year won't work 4 years from now, given the way the pendulum swings. The alt-right has effectively high-jacked political correctness to defend white males. Additionally, the alt-right trolls have learned to deface the democratic sensibilities of political correctness. Identity politics have declined in popularity, even for the minorities they benefit most. In part, the failure of identity politics should be attributed to the fact that they serve as a kind of "trickle-down" form of social justice. Educated elites devise new cultural paradigms and hope that they eventually have a positive impact on the disenfranchised. Therefore, while identity politics can have a positive influence, they fail to directly address tangible challenges for people at the bottom. Furthermore, the DNC still seems to favor members with corporatist leanings and proclivities for pay-to-play politics.
I personally think that class, economic issues, and populism should play key roles in future democratic platforms. It could be blatantly socialist, for all I care. The democrats should shift gears in some way, because we just got knocked on our asses. What do you think? Am I wrong? What policies should be pitched? How should the message be tailored?
Scytale -- Your use of the term "alt-right" is another example of the normalization of the media. Rather than calling a spade a spade, we invent terms to soften the harshness. There are other terms like "low information voter", that in Trump speak would be called "dumb shits" or something like that.
I looked up the term alt-right to see what it really meant to many in the media. At least one person has called them the politically incorrect, "Hipster Nazis". No respectable media person will use that language although it fits. The best all encompassing description I can find is in Quora:
Quora: What is the American "alternative right"?
"The ideologies espoused by "alt right" types can vary greatly, but broadly speaking includes certain sorts of extreme libertarians, immigration critics and "race realists" (basically intellectual racists and anti-semites), "neo-reactionaries" (who argue against democracy, human rights, and other manefestations of modernist philosophy), and anti-feminists, including some of the "Men's Rights" crowd. But there is also a more generic or moderate flavor of alt right thought that may not fully embrace any of the above agendas, but still be sympathic to their contrarian messages of skepticism towards prevailing conventional wisdom on matters like race, gender, and party politics."
Maybe just bigots.