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Liberal Strategists: Dems Blew Economic Message in Midterms

By    |   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 08:57 PM

Voters are worried about the economy, but the White House and Democrats bombed when it came to delivering a strong economic message for the midterm elections, according to liberal donors and political strategists.

The assessment came at the fall conference of Democracy Alliance, an invitation-only group whose members finance think tanks and advocacy groups on the left, The Washington Post reports.

"There’s a strong sense that we weren’t full-throated enough about jobs and economy — both in talking about accomplishments and what we need to do," one meeting attendant told The Post.

"We needed a broader narrative."

Though five states approved increases to the minimum wage, an issue President Barack Obama has championed, the meeting attendants felt the White House never got across to voters how things have improved – and how voters would benefit if congressional Democrats held their seats, The Post reports.

"The moral to me is that we need a bigger, more ambitious economic plan than just raising the minimum wage," David desJardins, a San Francisco-based investor who serves on the alliance’s board, told The Post.

"We need to tie it together with the idea of shared prosperity."

The group also concluded Democrats were caught off guard by gains made by Republicans in collecting voter data and mobilizing on the ground, The Post reports.

And though the Obama administration wanted to make economic issues a signature focus in 2014, The Post notes, voters worried about the direction of the economy in the coming year broke for Republicans, exit polls showed.

Rob Stein, the strategist who founded the alliance in 2005, said the left’s narrative should be built around the idea of "an economy that works for all."

"The concept emerging is that talking about economic inequality is vitally important, but that a larger and more inclusive economic narrative is essential," he told The Post. "It’s the idea that we are all better off when we are all better off."

In the draft of its new "2020 Vision" plan circulated at the meeting, the alliance urged increased investments in groups focused on economic opportunity, climate change and voting and campaign finance reform.

"The electoral victories that we have had have not been enough to enact most elements of our progressive agenda," according to the plan, a copy of which was obtained by The Post. "Moreover, we seek to do this work in the face of a resilient and heavily financed right wing."

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