Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
“The Republican Party holds a set of advantages, some substantial and some marginal, that have enabled it to eke out victory by slim margins in a majority of closely contested elections and that will probably give it an edge in the foreseeable future. Unless the Democratic Party makes fundamental changes in its structure, tactical operations and long-range strategic planning, he writes, the odds are that the Republicans will continue to maintain, over the long term, a thin but durable margin of victory.”
The review goes on to say, of course, that Edsall has been infamously wrong in his predictions in the past, not to mention his book paints a vision of the Democratic Party that seems dated by at least a couple of years.
But after reading yesterday that Democrats may not be doing as well in New York as predicted, and with the Republican Noise Machine already dominating the past several news cycles, those on the left should take heed: We have a lot of work to do to take back the House, and the Senate is going to take an extraordinary effort.
I mentioned in a previous post I worked on a local campaign this summer, knocking on doors, pounding yard signs, phone banking, etc. And if I discovered any truth to the political process, it’s that people are famously unaware of what is really going on in politics, even in such polarized times. But all they’re looking for is someone to reach out, to talk to them, to answer their questions…to knock on their doors.
It’s not enough for liberals and progressives to blog about taking back Congress or even write checks from the comfort of our living rooms. Despite the presence of the all-knowing, ever-reaching media, you still win elections the old fashioned way: by talking to people…on the phone, at their doors, at community events, and so forth.
Everyone needs to get involved this fall.