Recently, Congressman Eric Swalwell, a democrat demonstrated what Democrats need to learn to do every time they appear on network or cable TV. He defined the narrative.
Democrat shows how it is done
Democratic Politicians should mimic Representative Eric Swalwell's excellent approach to answering TV hosts' questions. He dictated the narrative.
It is essential that Democrats use the limited airtime they get on network TV and on Cable TV to direct the message. Irrespective of what question is asked, they must provide a short answer and then redirect the narrative. Swalwell did it perfectly as he answered the question swiftly and immediately segued to a poor and middle-class supporting narrative.
A few weeks ago I wrote the article "The five issues Democrats and Progressives must push to win 2018 midterms."
Progressives must define their opponents first so that it is them who are on the defensive. Then, tell poor and middle-class America in a district-specific manner, what is in it for them. It must be clear to them what they expect out of voting for Democrats.
- Democrats will fix the health care issue once and for all with a single-payer Medicare for All system.
- Democrats will provide student loan relief.
- Democrats will provide need-based subsidized child care for anyone who wants to work.
- Democrats will decriminalize marijuana and treat drug use as the disease that it is.
- Democrats will make the criminal justice system live up to the "Justice is Blind" motto.
Those five bullet points expressed in different terms will work in every district in America. It appeals to millennials, people of color, all working class people, parents, and every demographic in between. Most importantly these bullet points afford Americans a path to self-sufficiency It frees them from aberrations in the economy that stunts innovation, the inability to start one's business, and the dependency and the enslavement to the corporation. One would hope that every Democrat who gets on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, HLN, or any other network would steer every topic to these bullet points.
If Democrats are ready with this message anytime they appear on TV, their message will ultimately be heard.