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    Dear Forum Members

    My name is Simon Fraser and I'm a London-based freelance reporter from the International Press Foundation the-ipf.com/ipf-empowering-journalists-... a site for young journalists to publish their work and therefore present it to a worldwide audience. I am in the process of researching and writing an article on the Democratic Strategy for forthcoming elections next year and in 2020 and am therefore hoping to ask a few questions among forum users here. They are as follows:

    Why do you think Clinton lost the election?

    What was it about Clinton that appealed to you i.e. policies, character?

    Was there anything about Clinton that was potentially off putting to you as a voter?

    Looking forward into next election what sort of qualities and policies would your ideal candidate embody?

    Pew research indicates that Clinton won a smaller share of the youth vote than Obama, why do you think Clinton was unable to accrue the same level or better support from that demographic as Barack Obama?

    What do you think the democrats need to do to win victories in the coming election cycles (2018, 2020)?

    What can be done to counteract threats such as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ given that they arguably played a significant role in influencing the decisions of the electorate?

    How could you convince those who voted for Trump in 2020, didn’t vote, or voted independent, to come over to your position?

    How Do you get people out of their bubble?

    Will the election of Tom Perez help to unify the party?

    I don't mind if the responses are PM'd or done publicly. Furthermore, if you are happy to do so, could you please provide me with some details about yourself, i.e. name, age, occupation. (If this is too personal, I completely understand and will simply quote you as an anonymous source) I thank-you all for your time and look forward to any responses.

    Kind Regards

    Simon

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Pensacola, FL
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    Welcome Simon,

    A casual perusal of your link did not present any of your work. Could you please present some by lines to get an idea of what you do and how you think ? Interesting series of questions to present to a group with a general advertised bias. How did you pick Democratichub? You would be the second researcher this year looking for information.

    Chet

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    There's a slight rub in the fact that this is the first article I've actually pitched for this site. The old one was closed down a while ago. I should probably add that my spiel, i.e. I'm a reporter, is what the editor recommended I use, so I apologise if I was misleading, it was not my intention and my writing is more a past time than an actual career

    Here is the archived site (I believed it to be defunct but it is back up) to corroborate my document: archive.the-ipf.com/author/simonfraser/

    Below is an article I wrote with regards to the future of NATO.

    atlantic-community.org/-/how-europe-and...

    Regarding why I picked this, I chose it because I was recommended by my editor to specifically ask on democratic leaning forums, as it is ideally democrats and democrat leaning independents who I intend to pose the questions too and have indeed spoken to one such individual with these questions (not from this forum)

    I hope I have been clear and open enough

    Best

    Simon

    Edit, I have removed the link to my linkedin account as the archive of my articles is still available.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    RoadsidePicnic Wrote:

    Dear Forum Members

    My name is Simon Fraser and I'm a London-based freelance reporter from the International Press Foundation the-ipf.com/ipf-empowering-journalists-... a site for young journalists to publish their work and therefore present it to a worldwide audience. I am in the process of researching and writing an article on the Democratic Strategy for forthcoming elections next year and in 2020 and am therefore hoping to ask a few questions among forum users here. They are as follows:

    Why do you think Clinton lost the election?

    There is no single issue. There have been many reasons cited...the James Comey effect (her e-mail server), the Russian hacking and WikiLeaks dump of DNC e-mails, and her base not turning out in as large of numbers as they did for Obama. That latter point was largely due to the Bernie Sanders effect. Although the vast majority of Bernie supporters voted for Clinton many did not...either didn't vote, or cast a vote for a 3rd party candidate or in some cases voted for Trump. If I were to summarize it in a few words, people voted their emotions and didn't engage in critical thinking.

    What was it about Clinton that appealed to you i.e. policies, character?

    I was one of the few that voted for her based on an in-depth analysis of her entire career and where she stood on the issues. The HillaryClinton.com website was an outstanding piece of work. However, not many people looked at it. She has been a progressive her entire life. See my blog article on her. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a progressive champion her entire life

    Was there anything about Clinton that was potentially off putting to you as a voter?

    None for me. I thought I knew her well. I know that Republicans have been ruthless in their falsifications of her to push the honesty and trust issue. The fact that they were successful is not a reflection on her but rather the effectiveness of the Republican propaganda machine including Fox News.

    Looking forward into next election what sort of qualities and policies would your ideal candidate embody?

    I would be okay with an Obama look a like or a Hillary Clinton look a like. He was better in presenting himself, a gifted and inspiring speaker. She was better at policy...a policy wonk. They complimented each other and they trusted each other. The trouble with the low-information voters in America is that they don't care as much about policies as they do likeability...emotions again.

    Pew research indicates that Clinton won a smaller share of the youth vote than Obama, why do you think Clinton was unable to accrue the same level or better support from that demographic as Barack Obama?

    The Bernie supporters did not support her in a big way. I commend Bernie Sanders for generating enthusiasm amongst the youth, but much of that was an "anti-establishment" hatred towards toward Hillary and incumbents (Bernie being the exception).

    What do you think the democrats need to do to win victories in the coming election cycles (2018, 2020)?

    The current passion of the protesters needs to be sustained. That is the most difficult part. They have started grass roots movements to run for local and state offices. Much of that is based on a passionate hate of Trump and his policies. It remains to be seen if they can build and sustain on those movements into 2018 and 2020. They need to articulate what they are for as well as what they are against. Most of all they need to get out and vote. The biggest reason Democrats lose, particularly in midterm elections, is that voter turn-out is poor. Apathy. That's why Obama lost his mandate in 2010.

    What can be done to counteract threats such as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ given that they arguably played a significant role in influencing the decisions of the electorate?

    The media was largely responsible for Trump mania giving him free coverage because he was good for ratings. The media is now being castigated by Trump as dishonest. They just need to be more forceful in calling out lies.

    How could you convince those who voted for Trump in 2020, didn’t vote, or voted independent, to come over to your position?

    For the "deplorables" there is nothing that can be done. For the independent and unaffiliated, I think Donald Trump is doing a pretty good job of turning off those voters.

    How Do you get people out of their bubble?

    That's a very good question. I don't have a good answer. Some have come out themselves realizing that they might lose their health insurance, or maybe that that jobs Trump promised don't materialize (e.g. coal country) . I don't see that anyone arguing points on TV or on this website makes any difference.

    Will the election of Tom Perez help to unify the party?

    The DNC position is overrated. His job is fund raising, identifying and supporting candidates for office at all levels, and generally being enthusiastic and upbeat. The DNC doesn't make policy on the issues. That's already set in the Democratic Party Platform.

    I don't mind if the responses are PM'd or done publicly. Furthermore, if you are happy to do so, could you please provide me with some details about yourself, i.e. name, age, occupation. (If this is too personal, I completely understand and will simply quote you as an anonymous source) I thank-you all for your time and look forward to any responses.

    I am a 70 year old retired professional engineer. I go by "Schmidt" on this website but that's not my real name. I enjoy debating with people on this website. I write lots of forum posts and blog articles to make my case. I am not always right. Members on this website put me in my place if I get too "elitist".

    Oh I also wrote a recent blog article on Donald Trump. There is a Method to Donald Trump's "Madness" Democrats Need to Take Seriously.

    I enjoy discussing the more nuanced points of campaigns, and if you want to stay a member on this website, you'll find people who will engage you, including me.

    Hope this helps your research.

    Kind Regards

    Simon

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    Hey, Schmidt, thank-you very much. Appreciate the speedy response!
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Roadsidepicnic -- You're welcome. But just be aware that my opinions are my own and should not be taken as a consensus of the many good minds on this website. Others here might emphasize less flattering aspects of Democrats, Hillary Clinton and the path forward. We welcome ideas from all over, even conservatives, although we'll hardly ever agree with them. In that respect the diversity of our views on this website are reflective of much of the Democratic Party as a whole.

    Others can chime in.

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    Indeed, if anyone else could please chime in I'd be very grateful.
  • Independent
    Washington
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    Why do you think Clinton lost the election?

    Mostly its a perfect storm of many factors, partly her fault in terms of mistakes, partly attacks made by those who opposed her. FBI releasing info right near the end of campaign. Huge frustration throughout US with of being politically deadlocked; electing her would mean that deadlock would continue, and likely get worse. Sadly for her, she is not a charismatic politician.

    The biggest factor is that too many voters simply stayed home not believing Trump had any chance of winning. He was such an underdog candidate with a big foul mouth, that Democrats assumed that even republicans who disliked Hillary would still vote for her rather than Trump. This turned out to be a bad assumption, and enough democratic states swung into his favor.

    What was it about Clinton that appealed to you i.e. policies, character?

    Her skills and experience to get things done. Truly sincere about wanting to help people.

    Was there anything about Clinton that was potentially off putting to you as a voter?

    My only concern is that if she was elected, the republication party would have doubled down on obstructionism. Not so much her, but the backlash of her getting elected president. Nothing she could really do about it.

    Looking forward into next election what sort of qualities and policies would your ideal candidate embody?

    Imagine if another outside ran, but someone who was more practical and truly understood both conservative and liberal perspectives, and both side felt that he or she represent them. On the democratic side, someone like Tim Cook. I am not suggesting he will or even should run for president. As president, I could see him as a good mediator between the parties, and forcing them to work on to meet deadlines.

    Pew research indicates that Clinton won a smaller share of the youth vote than Obama, why do you think Clinton was unable to accrue the same level or better support from that demographic as Barack Obama?

    Simple example, Barack Obama could go out do things younger people could do. He could shot hoops with people under the age of 30. He was authentic in those ways. He did not have to pretend to do "younger" things.

    What do you think the democrats need to do to win victories in the coming election cycles (2018, 2020)?

    Get out the vote in every state.

    What can be done to counteract threats such as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ given that they arguably played a significant role in influencing the decisions of the electorate?

    I believe this will sorted out very quickly with 2017-2018. The major news outlets do adhere to high standards of journalism, so its not like Trump is exposing decades of corruption and\or some kind conspiracy by the press to control politics. They need to keep doing what they are doing, and the truth will prevail. Calling good journalism, and unbiased reporting, "Fake News", will be proven false as long as the press sticks to doing their job right, and does not get caught up in arguing over about it. Trump is trying to drag them down to level where they start creating "fake news" just to attack him, and the press should be leery of being setup by taking bait that lead them to creating fake news unintentionally; Trump then can point to very bad reporting where they report false information because they didn't check the facts\source.

    The press should take his accusations as a challenge to really step up their game, and make sure they got the facts correct 100% of the time; by doing so, he will be proven to be the emperor that has no clothes.

    How could you convince those who voted for Trump in 2020, didn’t vote, or voted independent, to come over to your position?

    Such voters need to felt like they are being herd and being respected. Trump talks to them that way, even if he is BSing them, at least they feel he's on their side, rather than having nobody.

    How Do you get people out of their bubble?

    I don't know what bubble this is representing. For democrats the election results was a huge wake up call. Trump never ever should have been elected president. He is not even closely qualified to be president, yet he was elected president because he was able to make a sales pitch that enough people like better than Hilliary Clinton sales pitch. The difference is Clinton was playing by typical campaign playbook. Trump, more said, "Fuck the playbook", and took a complete different approach.

    Will the election of Tom Perez help to unify the party?

    At this moment, I am skeptical about Tom Perez to shift the democratic party party in a different direction. My opinion is 100% based on watching him this morning on Meet The Press. All I heard was typical Political speak, which is a major reason Hillary Clinton lost the election. What I heard was

    * We are are going represent all Americans

    * We stand for American values

    * We are going to reach out to All Americans.

    * We are the Party of the people.

    He said nothing new. Heard it many times before by many politicians.

  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Exactly right. I would also emphasize the ugly hatred that is more present than I knew. The average American voter is weak, frustrated, and feels they have been under represented for too long. Add a scoop of who is going to take the blame for my problems and indeed you have a perfect storm. The Democratic party is far from where they need to be.

    Trump is scum but he identified an angle as a winning direction and it was why Hillary Clinton is a footnote only.

    My idea is that fairness should be the key word going forward. Separation from big business and wall street is a starting point. Removing tax loopholes and corporate funding should be next. Single payer health care is important. Drastically cutting military spending while taking better care of those who have served is next. Many areas should be improved but going against established money is uncharted territory.