Democrats lose because they don’t talk about economic success.
That was the argument congressmen Anthony Weiner and Steve Israel and Third Way vice president Jim Kessler made at a press conference in the Denver on Wednesday morning, where they said that while Democrats were seen as the party of economic security, they needed to win the middle class by talking more about economic success.
“The middle class actually hasn’t voted for us,” in recent congressional elections, said Kessler. “We haven’t been making the connection.”
During the primaries, Weiner was an aggressive advocate for the idea that Clinton, and not Obama, knew how to appeal to these middle-class voters.
Today, Weiner and the others argued that the problem was that the Democrats had too long been identified with economic security, and need to be more focused on the idea of economic success.
“A success agenda,” Kessler called it.
The trio announced eight ideas to win back the middle class in New York: cutting taxes, eliminating government waste, getting tougher on crime, easing tax burdens, keeping college affordable, cutting energy costs and more revenue sharing.
“It’s something we think Barack Obama really gets,” Kessler said.