What Will Democratic Campaigns Look Like In 2020? Hopefully, different than they look today.
Five months after Donald Trump’s presidential victory, it is time to stop looking backwards and start looking forwards at what Democrats can do to be more successful in 2018 and ultimately, the 2020 elections. Despite the seemingly favorable demographics for Democrats, there is plenty of data that now suggests that electing President Obama was the exception rather than the rule. Today, I am here as someone who has worked on the past three presidentials and wants to start a conversation about the fundamentals of how we as a party approach campaigns. To make progress in the upcoming elections, we need to be willing to acknowledge our shortcomings and think about how to adapt to what is ahead. Politics has no shortage of brilliant practitioners who joined the fight for the right reasons. Yet somehow, despite the flood of new, young, and diverse talent, we still run campaigns largely like we did 15 years ago. Much of today’s conversation is focused on technology. This is something we can and must continue to invest in, but not all problems require millions of dollars to solve. Before technology can save us, we need to restructure how we approach campaigns themselves. Below are three places to start that don’t require a huge war chest, but without which we cannot succeed. Clink the link below to read the rest of BPI President Andrew Bleeker's op-ed.