Willie Brown is nobody’s fool. To say the least.
Mr. Brown, now 84 years of age, is a lawyer by education but a politician by preference. He served for three decades in the California State Assembly – 15 of them as its speaker – and then was elected Mayor of San Francisco.
He accomplish this by reading a “Politics For Dummies” book. Even Mr. Brown’s detractors concede that he is political savvy personified.
Now, as Willie Brown looks over the current state of his Democrat Party, he sees very clearly what the problem is. And he has imparted his considerable wisdom to anyone who cares to read his latest commentary, published in the San Francisco Chronicle – the first part of which deals specifically with this issue.
With apologies to the Chronicle (it’s too short to excerpt), here is what Mr. Brown has to say:
It’s time for the Democrats to stop bashing President Trump.
It’s not going to be easy, given his policies and personality. It might even mean checking into a 12-step program. But setting a winning agenda is like maneuvering an aircraft carrier. It takes time to change course. And if they want to be on target for the November midterm elections, the Democrats need to start changing course now.
Like it or not, a significant number of Americans are actually happy these days. They are making money. They feel safe, and they agree with with the president’s protectionist trade policies, his call for more American jobs, even his immigration stance.
The jobs growth reports, the North Korea summit and the steady economy are beating out the Stormy Daniels scandal and the Robert Mueller investigation in Middle America, hands down.
So you are not going to win back the House by making it all about him.
Rather than stoking the base by attacking Trump, Democrats need to come up with a platform that addresses the average voters’ hopes and concerns. Not just the needs of underdogs or whatever cause happens to be the media flavor of the week.
Democrats need to look like the adults, not like another pack of screaming kids on the playground.
And they need to start now.
Besides, when it comes to bashing Trump, Donald is doing just fine on his own.
Hello? Anyone at the DNC listening?
Willie Brown understands perfectly what is going on here.
He understands that people may be titillated by stormy daniels, and may be entertained by the mueller “investigation”, the way they might be entertained by one of those daytime soap operas that goes on and on and on and on and…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
But when they hit the voting booths, they are not thinking about stormy daniels or Russian collusion. They are thinking about their bank accounts and their safety and their well being.
-They want jobs.
-They want lower taxes/more money in their pockets.
-They want the country to be protected from our enemies.
-They want the country to have some kind of serious – not rhetorical, but serious – leverage in world markets, so jobs and U.S. dollars do not go overseas.
-On immigration, even if a great many understand/sympathize with why some people illegally come to the USA, they do not want the country to be overwhelmed with illegals who take jobs legals could have gotten, lower wage scales for everyone, and in many cases live on legal taxpayers’ dollars.
In 2016, Donald Trump’s promise to provide these things – in, and maybe because of, his rough-cut, straight-form-the-streets-of-Queens, blustering, 100% non-political style – convinced enough people that, in him, they might finally get someone who really would do these things to elect him President. And now, after 16 months of his presidency, a great many are convinced he’s the real deal.
Yeah, he is a bloviating, thin-skinned character. Yes, he is -as I’ve been calling him for years – “The World’s Richest Barroom Loudmouth”. But – and this is the key – results-wise, he is coming across with what he is bloviating/loudmouthing about.
Meanwhile, Democrats are mired in the stormy daniels/Russian collusion swamp. And, they can’t (won’t is more accurate) get out of it, even though it is taking them down.
Maybe Willie Brown’s pep talk, and the logic it features, will wake a few of them up.
If it does, that blue wave in November has a chance of becoming reality. If it doesn’t? November could be a Democrat nightmare on steroids.