Liberal columnist Jonathan Alter appeared on MSNBC on Monday and diagnosed the Democratic strategy aimed at mobilizing base voters around the concerns about the Koch Brothers and other wealthy Republican donors as insufficient in their aim to maintain control of the U.S. Senate in November.
“As Richard Nixon said, politics is often the mobilization of resentments,” Alter said. “So when you have something to vote against, it can be a powerful motivating factor for driving turnout.”
Alter said that he agreed with the Democratic strategy aimed at foster resentment against “the 1 percent,” but that was not going to be enough to hold the Senate. “Pure populist appeals tend not to work in America because people want to be wealthy themselves,” he added. “They aspire to be in the 1 percent.”
Alter advised the Democrats to campaign against state-level legislators who have endorsed bills he says represent threats to women’s access to contraception. Creating a villain out of the Kochs, he added, is a task that will take more time than exists between now and November.
“The pure 1 percent argument alone is necessary but not sufficient for the Democrats in November,” Alter concluded.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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