July 4th, Our Country Calls
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According to Becker, turnout rates dropped by 1.3 percent in Iowa, 3 percent in Wisconsin and nearly 4 percent in Ohio in 2016, a combination that became a death knell for Clinton’s presidential hopes in areas where Obama performed well during his two terms. … Clinton also pulled in a lower share of voters between ages 18 and 29 than Obama did during his two campaigns, Becker said. … Latino minorities did not turn out like they had for Obama and women did not show up for Clinton to the extent that many had predicted. While Clinton’s took 88 percent of African-American votes to Trump’s 8 percent, Obama defeated Romney among African-Americans by 93 percent to 6 percent, exit polls showed. [PBS]

CHECK TRUMP, vote for Democrats is the beginnings of a message.

Who delivers it matters.

It is four months until the most important midterms for Democrats since 2010. An election Pres. Obama took for granted and blew, along with the Democratic Party.

The upset in Pennsylvania got the elitist Maureen Dowd’s attention.

“Mentors of mine were under a big pressure to minimize their femininity to make it,” she said. “I’m not going to do that. That takes away my power. I’m not going to compromise who I am.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

From Parkland students to the reigning Dem giant slayer, a new generation of progressives is here.

Ocasio-Cortez name-dropped her lipstick brand and here’s what happened.

The color — Stila’s “Stay All Day” liquid lipstick in a shade called Besos — has since sold out on multiple websites, as first reported by Quartz. As of Friday afternoon, the $22 product remained sold out on Sephora’s website, but seemed to be restocked on Stila’s website and on Ulta.com.

Stila’s “Stay All Day” lipstick is a cult favorite among many makeup users. It has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews on Sephora’s website; one recent commenter called the now-famous color her “holy grail” product, saying it has the best “staying power” of any lipstick she’s tried.

Democrats are at a crossroads.

“There almost has to be a generational renewal of belief systems,” said Mr. Hart, a two-time presidential candidate, who is now 81. “When we were in power, under Obama and Clinton, I don’t believe party leaders did what should have been done, and that is come up with a manifesto for the 21st century.”

… There is also a group of younger Democrats uneasy about the party drifting too far left.

Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana said he understood that Democratic voters were “furious and scared at the same time,” but he also said he wished his party had a moderating influence to counter Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the democratic socialist who has been at the front end of the party’s turn left.

“Bernie is fighting for his principles on what direction the party should go,” he said, “but we don’t really have anybody doing it on behalf of moderates and other Democrats. It has become a one-sided conversation.”

Michele Goldberg, the most important op-ed writer to be hired by the New York Times in a generation, sees a “red wave” of millennial socialists.

Many of the D.S.A.’s goals, reflected in Ocasio-Cortez’s platform, are indistinguishable from those of progressive democrats. But if the D.S.A. is happy to work alongside liberals, its members are generally serious about the “socialist” part of democratic socialist. Its constitution envisions “a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships.”

The 4th of July means something different this year. People of all political parties want to fight against Trump and his autocratic moves to unmake America.

“A candidate who would overturn Roe would not be acceptable.” Senator Susan Collins (Republican)

It’s hard to swallow, but our favorite Democrats led us into a ditch.

President Obama blew 2016 in its entirety. He left a wobbly foreign policy legacy for Democrats. As for Russian interference, Mr. Obama let Senator McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan muzzle him, so voters weren’t informed. Mr. Obama blew the 2010 midterms, too.

Hillary Clinton‘s campaign and GOTV efforts never had a message, which meant neither did Democrats in 2016.

Donald Trump never stops attacking. To beat his opponents is all he endeavors to do.

Dems need to find the fight that the new progressive Democratic wing is waging. One message may not fit all, however, the passion behind the fight against Trump does. It is what unites us all, independents, Democrats and many Republicans.

Democratic Candidates must tap voters’ emotions. It’s how Trump got elected. It’s the only way to win.