When in panic mode, Democrats’ get-out-the-vote strategy is as predictable as the swallows of Capistrano.
In a recent op-ed in The Hill, former Rep. Martin Frost wrote about his strategy to win a close election:
Democrats have forgotten the people who brought them their House and Senate majorities. So, it’s odd to expect black voters will show up at the polls eight months from today.
I worked strength. Consultants will tell you to concentrate on swing voters. That’s ok as long as you don’t forget the people who brought you to the dance. My district was about 20 percent African American and we ran a massive get out the vote effort in that community. Your strongest supporters sometimes get discouraged when the general political environment is tough. It is important to make sure friends get to the polls in big numbers. We dramatically increased African American turnout in the district over what it had been in previous non-presidential years when turnout normally drops off and it was that vote that saved me on election night.
Some Democrats in swing districts will wind up losing no matter what they do because the environment is so toxic. But at least there are things they can do to increase their odds of surviving.