... I think it was all about "me, me, me!" for red Wisconsin. They bought the message that felt good, despite the fact that plenty of evidence was available to the contrary, and as long as the parties getting screwed were "not ME," they were fine with it.
The strength in the Republican message is it's ability to capture the fearful and ignorant.
At the same time, a weakness of the Democratic message was they kept playing defense against this garbage.
To win, somebody has to seize control of the dialogue. To do that, the Democrats have to present a positive, understandable picture of where we want to go and an understandable picture of where we're going instead under the Republicans.
The Republicans haven't said where they want to go because nobody has pinned them down. They just keep yelling taxes are too high and we're going broke, which if you think about it makes a highly questionable logical connection. Nobody's made them explain how it'll be better when taxes are lower, or even what it'll be like.
The Democrats need to show that, and show an alternative, not just keep looking over their shoulder. People stay fearful and ignorant when they don't have enough information or have crazy information.
We haven't hashed out an alternative. In other countries where there are more political parties, the alternatives are hashed out in parliamentary discussion and multi-party elections. We've got to do it within the party structure we have (for now) and we'd better get talking.
Or we can call somebody from the IV league to do it, I guess.