Democrats could make a big effort among progressives and try to improve turnout by embracing their priorities. Eventually, this is how Rep. Summer Lee won the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 12th District over an establishment-backed Democrat and backed by retired Democrat Mike Doyle. Lee was joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
But that’s a risky approach, given the importance of swing voters in the suburbs and the GOP’s eagerness to brand Democrats as socialists, anti-police and pro-open borders.
Of course, Democrats could reach out to centrist voters and try to assemble a coalition based on suburban voters, college-educated whites, and minority voters — the very coalition that proved so successful in 2018, when it won the majority of the recaptured House of Representatives.
This year’s midterms may not be the best test of democratic strategy, nominees, and messaging. After all, President Biden’s poor poll numbers, inflation, and what seems to be a daily dose of bad news will make it a challenge for any Democrat not running in a safe Democratic seat.
But sooner or later the Democrats have to decide what kind of party they want to be. And they must find candidates who can effectively convey the party’s message.