Michigan Lawmaker Warns Democrats Not to Ignore State Legislatures

“We gotta stop looking at Washington as the only thing that matters. Something that has been really irritating to me is this idea that somehow state legislatures are the bench. That always implies that higher office means that it’s somehow a promotion. And that gets us back into this mess that we started in, where we ignore what’s happening in the states and state legislatures and then they chip away and chip away and chip away and before we know it we’ve lost two thirds of … state legislatures like we did starting in 2009.”

— Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D), quoted by the Washington Post, offering Democrats a warning.

Begala: Dems Shouldn’t Rely on ‘Pain-In-the-Ass White Liberals’

“The early states are full of white liberals. They don’t like Joe. Then when we move to real Democrats, African Americans in the south, they loved him and he steamrolled everybody. Because in my party, the heart and soul of the party are people of color, not pain-in-the-ass white liberals on Twitter. I’m sorry to use bad language.”

— Democratic strategist Paul Begala slammed the “pain-in-the-ass white liberals” for being potential roadblocks to President Biden’s reelection, the HuffPost reports.

Dems Keep Losing Latinos


A national NBC News/Telemundo poll of the Latino electorate out today finds that Democrats lead Republicans by more than 20 points among Latino voters, “but that Democratic advantage has declined from previous election cycles.” Key takeaway: 54% of Latino voters say they prefer Democrats to control Congress as a result of the upcoming midterm elections, versus 33% who want Republicans in charge.

Tlaib to Highlight Dem Rift After Biden Speaks

“This only highlights the real tension between the socialist far left and the common-sense moderate wing, which is focused on crime, costs, tax cuts and affordability and turning the page on Covid.”

— Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) compared Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) decision to give a Working Families Party rebuttal to President Biden’s State of the Union address tonight to “keying your own car and slashing your own tires,” The Guardian reports.

Study: Dems Are ‘Preachy,’ Focused on ‘Culture Wars’

“And the party’s House campaign arm had a stark warning for Democrats: Unless they more forcefully confront the GOP’s ‘alarmingly potent’ culture war attacks, from critical race theory to defunding the police, they risk losing significant ground to Republicans in the midterms.”

— Democrats’ own research shows that some battleground voters think the party is “preachy,” “judgmental” and “focused on culture wars,” Politico reports.

Tester Rips Fellow Dems on Ignoring Riral America

“I honestly don’t think the Democratic Party can be a majority party unless we start appealing to Middle America a lot more. I’m talking about the area between the two mountain ranges, the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. And if we’re able to do that, I think it will provide success.”

— Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) criticized fellow Democrats in a CNN interview for not appealing to Middle America more and said Democrats need to “show up” in those places if they want to win elections.