Founder of New Democrat Network and New Policy Institute—a liberal think tank and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.—answers our questions.
What a great interview and I totally agree with the message. Let's get to 55!
Wonderful interview, not just because it's encouraging, but also because it's fact and data based. Rosenberg says we need to get louder, get out the youth vote, and "get to 55" - all great goals. But we also need to run strong, positive, and brilliant candidates with clear, humanistic messages (as opposed to the misogynistic, xenophobic, racist, grievance driven messages of MAGA.)
And we need to boost those candidates not only with money and loudness, but also strong, positive, articulate arguments. I'm fed up with people from center to left sounding like wishy-washy, slogan-driven airheads. I'm tired of hearing "kind of" and "sort of" and "like" draining the power from our language, making all of us sound like puerile fools. So it's great to be loud as long as we're also articulate. THAT is the challenge.
I never believed there would be a Red Wave because, silly me at 79, I still cling to the idea that most Americans have a good deal of common sense. While not as jaw-dropping as Dobbs, the constant barrage of book banning, discrimination against LGBTQ+, the blatant hypocrisy of the "parental rights" movement (I get them, we'll ignore yours), and the distortion of American history by calling our bad spots the creatures of CRT and not real--those things will work against the GOP. Biden out-foxed the Fox-enamored, and made their ridiculous claims of debilitating spending cuts look petty. We need to keep broadcasting the accomplishments economically AND keep pointing out that the culture wars are wars against beliefs that most Americans have been completely comfortable with for years.
The cult of utter selfishness at the expense of others, and Others, isn't part of what even Evangelicals believe in their hearts when not being whupped up by relentless propaganda. Opposition to selfishness in general (not attacking particular pet beliefs--that would backfire) will also be a major component to our message.
Thank you so much for this interview. This comment was relevant to me personally: "Is every election going to be this traumatizing from here on, or is there hope that the five-alarm fire can be put out?" It's traumatic and exhausting. Since the 2016 election I've had anxiety about the future of our Democracy. I've done what I can with postcards to voters, texting to voters, and extremely small donations via Act Blue. The news is constantly stressful. Today's interview with Simon gave me some hope.
In synchronicity, I've been working on a blog post about crisis as opportunity. A concept conceived of by Jung, and used by JFK during his presidential campaign. I truly that it's true. As an intuitive, I have a strong sense that what is happening will assist a Democratic win. There is a lot of fear out there, stirring things up. And in sync with that the energy and the resolve to shift the dynamic is already at play. I like to write down my goals each morning. More energy! And on my daily list,, from now until the election, I will be writing.. The Dems have the winning ticket. Empathy, community and dedication will win the election.