On Wednesday we spoke with Celinda Lake, a leading strategist for Democrats and progressive organizations, about the election’s results. Her key observations:
● It was a “wave” election. That can be seen in the Democrats’ devastating gubernatorial, as well as senatorial, losses.
● The wave began forming years ago, with perceptions about the effectiveness of Washington’s leadership.
● Turnout shaped the results.
● Given current economic conditions, and lacking a coherent plan for changing them, Democratic candidates were waging an all-but-impossible struggle in many states.
“There was not a rejection of the Democratic agenda,” she points out, noting that when voters had an opportunity to vote directly on policy issues like the minimum wage – “when voters could take matters into their own hands” – they supported progressive positions.
The link above goes to a portion of the discussion which occurs about midway through the interview, but it is all worth hearing.