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Response to yaesu (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 06:26 AM

10. We need to focus on boosting turnout of POC, youth and those disenchanted with the status quo.

 

Here's another excerpt from the article featured in the OP:

As the political scientists Donald Kinder and Nathan Kalmoe put it, after looking at five decades of public opinion research, “the moderate category seems less an ideological destination than a refuge for the innocent and the confused.”8 Similarly, political scientist David Broockman has also written about the meaninglessness of the “moderate” label, particularly as a predictor of centrism.

The takeaway is simple: As they must with independents, any pundit who talks about “moderates” as a key voting bloc begs that second follow-up question: Which moderates?9


Selecting a candidate or running a campaign based on appealing to a mythical mass of ideologically-similar, astute moderates is foolish. Focus on boosting turnout and combating voter suppression efforts. We have the numbers to win, but we need to recognize that the driving force in the US today is an opposition to the status quo.
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