Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made quite a statement on Saturday.
In his op-ed for The Wall Street Journal he declared, “This year, Democrats have the chance to achieve a generational transformation. Beyond broadening the coalition to include moderate voters who oppose President Trump, we could deepen our base by turning disaffected Republicans into Democrats.”
Plus he added, “The question is whether Democrats will let voters migrate back to the GOP after November, or whether our party will become their permanent safe harbor.”
And claimed, “The GOP long relied on wedge issues—God, guns, gays—to bury Democratic candidates running in competitive states and districts. But the country has evolved, and more voters are seeking candidates who embody diversity, openness and compassion.
The issue isn’t whether college-educated suburban voters will help us beat Mr. Trump—they will. The challenge is to get them to stick with us beyond 2020. “
Beyond that, “The question is whether Democrats will let these voters migrate back to the GOP after November, or whether our party will become their permanent safe harbor.”
Emanuel said voters in swing districts are “open to conversion.” As he stated, “Voters in places that were once beyond our reach—suburban parts of Maricopa County, Ariz.; Mecklenburg County, N.C.; and Bucks County, Pa., for example—are open to conversion. So beyond thinking about the outcome this November, Democrats need to focus on what happens after Mr. Trump has been ushered off the stage.”
Drawing ties to “Reagan Democrats” of 1980 who were disappointed with President Jimmy Carter’s performance, Emanuel explained that Democrats had the opportunity to chisel off a demographic of moderate Republicans who are tired of Trump. He dubs them “Biden Republicans.”
Trump’s approval rating is over 90% in the Republican Party. But some project a hefty demographic of moderate Republicans who don’t approve of the president’s rhetoric could break away this election cycle.
Time will tell. We’d love to see the raw data for those polling numbers too.
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