DNC chairman admits Democrats brand is ‘damaged’ and says party should do more to convince rural voters their policies will help them
- DNC chairman Jaime Harrison made the comments in an interview published Sunday
- Said party had to ‘fight the damage to the democratic brand’
- Admittedly, Dems were easily labeled anti-police, even if they weren’t true
- Proposed better coverage to promote democratic initiatives in rural areas
The head of the US Democratic National Committee has admitted that the party’s brand has been “ damaged, ” and argued that Democrats could be more attractive to rural voters with better coverage.
“I think as a party we should fight the damage to the Democratic brand,” said DNC chairman Jamie Harrison, who ran against Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina last year. Daily Beast’s New Abnormal Podcast.
“I’ve seen it on my own race, Lindsey and his dark money squad basically labeled me as someone who believed in discouraging the police,” he continued.
“My grandfather on my stepfather’s side was with the Detroit Police Department for 40 years. So I don’t believe in that. But they were able to do it because the Democratic brand was so tarnished in South Carolina that people would believe anything, ”Harrison said.
“I think we as a party should fight the damage to the Democratic brand,” said Jamie Harrison (above), who ran against Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina last year.
“If they said, ‘Jamie kicked a puppy the other day,’ they would have believed it,” the party chairman mused.
“It doesn’t just agree with Republicans, the Democrat brand with some of the people who are at the base of our party isn’t the best,” Harrison said.
“And so I want to put a lot of time, energy and effort into understanding why the brand is where it is, what it is and how, and what we can do to improve it.”
Harrison said Democrats are fighting for policies that would benefit voters in rural America, and lamented that the party is unable to make those voters realize what is best for them.
“We have to take credit and claim the things that we will have done over the next two years. We’re going to do a lot for rural America, ”he said.
The American bailout has so much to offer to rural communities across the country. And it will have a huge benefit, this infrastructure plan, if we get this done. The broadband component alone will totally transform rural America, ”Harrison added.
While prominent left-wing party members such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have galvanized the democratic base, they have also provided fodder for the party’s critics.
It is one of several self-assessments levied by Democrats in the wake of the 2020 election, with the party reclaiming the White House and Senate even as their majority in the House shrinks.
Shortly after the election, commentator Bill Maher, a self-proclaimed liberal, accused the Democrats of being “oversensitive,” BS “that cost them land in Parliament.
“In a year when so much was done to raise awareness of racism, their share of minority votes declined!” he continued. The message to Democrats from so many parts of the country seems to be, ‘We don’t like Trump, but we still can’t bring ourselves to vote for you. ‘
While prominent left-wing party members such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have laid the democratic base, they have also provided fodder to the party’s critics, who accuse Democrats of swinging too far to the left.
Although Ocasio-Cortez regularly makes headlines, a recent unbiased study ranked her as one of the least effective Democrats in Congress.
While AOC submitted 21 “substantial” bills to Congress, its legislation did not advance, according to the Center for Effective Lawmaking – a joint project of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.
None of the legislation got action in committees, votes on the ground, nor did it become law, according to data collected from Congress.gov.
Ocasio-Cortez ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats across the country and was the last of 19 in New York State.