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TJ Wrote: Jared says something about all politics are local. I admit I don't understand that. I believe what many have suggested which is that our party is not in touch with understanding what is important to voters. A valley that must be crossed for the party to succeed and advance.
What I mean by all politics is local (which I should stress is not my quote, but that of former House Speaker Tip O'Neill) is that the politicians who most effect our lives on a daily basis are those who work in our local, county, and state governments. These local, county, and state officials are the ones who pass the vast majority of legislation that will directly effect the "average Joe."
By contrast, the Federal Government deals with things on the national scale, some of which will trickle down to the state and local level and others that you will very likely not notice at all. I'm not saying the Federal Government isn't important because it very much is, especially when it comes to civil and human rights, wars and conflicts, and international relations.
I also find it imperative to remind anyone who says otherwise that Democrats won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. Democratic Senate candidates won millions more votes than their Republican counterparts, but still "lost" the Senate. I'm not saying we don't need to reach out to rural voters, but I just have a hard time capitulating to a minority of people because our system of government gives them an out sized role in determining the outcomes of elections.
TJ Wrote: This article suggests we were navigating without guidance in the recent election. Please read and share thoughts or ideas. I think we need many ideas.
My thoughts are similar to Schmidt's. We have reached out to rural voters, but they want to have their cake and be able to eat it too. And I agree that Republicans want to keep that segment of the population poor and angry because it has worked for them party for decades. Ill-informed and angry voters flock to one party and one party only.