Some key points:
Back in the day, Democrats used to own the county fair and homecoming parade circuit. They used to be salt of the earth and a stark contrast with stiff, wooden and elitist county club-style Republicans. Boy have times changed.
Most voting precincts aren’t academic lecture halls or college campuses. Democrats MUST remember this.
It is easy to say that Republicans are winning by race-baiting. I believe some of that is true, however it is also completely true that under Trump, the Republicans made remarkable gains among People of Color (POC’s), gains that were not possible when the party was led by the Ryan’s and the Romney’s of the world.
Right now nine of the ten most popular Governor’s in the country are Republicans.
Almost universally Democrats are right on the issues and on how they perceive elements of American society. But it’s the tone. You cannot go around insulting 45% of the population on a regular basis and then expect to win elections. Perception is reality in electoral politics which is the point I and many others are making. You can’t win if the majority perceive you negatively no matter how unjust that perception may be in our own eyes.
The old politics of left v center or left v right are old and overused. We’re in a different paradigm now. I’d argue the biggest battles ahead are between those of us who believe in community and communal goals versus those on both the left and right who put individualism above the greater good. But that’s a topic for another day.