Bill Burton, a Democratic operative close to President Obama who served as deputy press secretary during the president’s first term, said the takeaway from the midterms is that Democrats don’t know how to “talk to white voters.”
“Democrats are never going to win in midterms if we don’t figure out how to talk to white voters,” Burton told Megyn Kelly of Fox News. “I don’t think that the message that we have has been able to really translate to the coalition of voters that helped bring Republicans into even more power.”
Well, yes, white voters do remain a sizable bloc of the electorate and might be worth Democrats’ attention.
Notice Burton specifies the “midterms.” He apparently thinks the strategy, innovated by the Obama campaigns, of digging down as deep as possible into the Democratic base and getting everyone to the polls will work fine during presidential voting years.
Anyway, this is a pretty frank assessment. I don’t know how you achieve it, though, without pivoting sharply from the leftist message that is turning off so many white voters who are culturally more conservative than where the Democratic Party is today. That is, without simply hiding what you truly think.