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Joe Kennedy is great. So are dozens of other prominent Democrats at the local, state, and Federal level.
The problem isn't our messaging. Three million more people chose the Democratic message in 2016, but Hillary still "lost" because we have a batshit crazy electoral system that allows a handful of angry white people to overrule the will of the majority.
The problem is, as Schmidt has persistently pointed out, the tribal culture of our politics. That, and the fact that we have a system that allows a handful of angry white people to overrule the will of the majority. We also have a system that allows two people who hail from a state that has a population of less than 600,000 to overrule two people who live in a state that has nearly 40 million people. That, in a nutshell, is the United States Senate.
There's no such thing as an independent anymore. There's left leaning people and right leaning people and whoever shows up to vote in the handful of states that actually decides the Presidency gets to pick our leader. Sorry California, Texas, New York, and Illinois. No one cares what you think. We only care what a handful of angry white people in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania think.
Democrats have the right message. People just aren't listening because they are beholden to their tribe and our system of governance makes it easier for the minority to overrule the will of the majority.