Florida Squeeze Pod: FDP President says poor (white) folks don’t vote issues
By now you have heard about the reprehensible comments made by Florida Democratic Party President Sally Boynton Brown where she argued that people who are struggling to make ends meet do not vote on “issues.” Instead they vote because they are emotional beings. Unable to perceive the obvious inconsistency, she added that these same folks also sometimes skip voting because they’ve forgotten the “the power of democracy.”
One might ask, “Power to do what,” given that issues aren’t important.
We at the Florida Squeeze were appalled by this statement, but at the same time not surprised. This commentary represents decades old failed messaging of the Florida Democratic Party and the Democratic Party as a whole.
Dividing the party along racial and ethnic fault lines achieves the opposite of advocating for tolerance. It’s a vapid argument about race dangling to avoid a more difficult discussions that require money to solve. This Marie Antoinette, Let Them Eat Identity Cake, approach has lost our party more than 1000 seats across the board in the last decade. This leaves the party at its weakest state in terms of officeholders nationally since the 1920’s. No intelligent person opposes this failed approach because we care less about civil rights—we oppose it because it doesn’t win, and the problems we face require turning this Failure Cruise around.
Donald Trump’s insanity has stalled the Republican agenda. Unable to pass any meaningful legislation since Trump’s inauguration, Congress is now facing hearings questioning the administration’s patriotism. This presents a supreme opportunity for the party to offer a clear alternative policy platform as we march toward the 2018 midterm elections. The time is now to unite under an economic policy platform that offers real equity and equality for all voters.
Voters need to know how we will help them. They deserve straight talk on pocketbook issues, the lack of which caused Hillary Clinton to lose Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. Retail identity politics, delivered by celebrities attending Clinton fundraisers, while compelling to professional- and creative-class members, had the effect of turning off downwardly mobile heartlanders, and seemed inauthentic to many of the same identity groups they pandered to.
Sally Boynton Brown’s tone deaf comments are typical of out-of-state operatives intimidated by Florida’s history, economics and diversity. Hailing from mono-cultural Idaho, she might just be a bad fit for Florida. But there seems to be another problem. We expect the President of an organization to be able to speak cogently and passionately about our issues. That she skipped providing a compelling statement of our current political narrative in favor of stumble-bumming over inside-baseball messaging tactics show that she hasn’t mastered those tactics. If she knew the slightest bit of she spoke—George Lakoff, “Don’t Think of an Elephant”—she would have known that she was doing it wrong. If she cares about “emotional messaging,” she’d be able to say, without skipping a beat, “It’s is immoral that we let people die for lack of healthcare.”
Instead we learned the party would be doing data analysis to test scripts.
This performance makes you wonder if she’s ready for primetime. If the party is indeed focused on party growth; fixing whats broken, and putting ourselves on a path to majority rule, then they would reconsider the decision of her hiring.
Over the next week, our Justin Snyder will be proposing reforms to the party structure that will decentralize power and allow the grassroots to regain control of a party so controlled by the out of touch elitists that have done nothing by enrich themselves while losing countless numbers of seats all over the state.
TFS Story #1: Florida Democratic Party President: Poor people don’t care about “issues” and vote based on emotions: https://thefloridasqueeze.com/2017/05/19/florida-democratic-party-president-poor-people-dont-care-about-issues-and-vote-based-on-emotions/
TFS Story #2: Democrats elitism and obsession with identity could kill the party’s chances for revival. https://thefloridasqueeze.com/2017/05/20/the-democrats-elitism-and-obsession-with-identity-could-kill-the-partys-chances-for-revival/