Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Think Tank Third Way Warns Democrats on Flaws

Here is more from Axios:

Third Way — a center-left think tank backed by some of the biggest names in Democratic politics — is sounding the alarm about deep-seated party flaws, based on its own new polling from Senate battlegrounds.

Driving the news: "If Democrats manage to hold on to the House and Senate, it will be in spite of the party brand, not because of it," Third Way writes in a memo synthesizing its conclusions, shared first with Axios.

  • "Despite a roster of GOP candidates who are extreme by any standard, voters see Democrats as just as extreme, as well as far less concerned about the issues that most worry them."

Why it matters: Lifelong, respected Democrats are saying the quiet part out loud — that if Republicans have a huge night on Tuesday, as polls are blaring, Democrats must blame "much deeper" problems than simply the "historical trends" that beset the party in power.


Meanwhile, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is expanding and restructuring its Democracy Program to "strengthen the foundations that sustain representative democracy," according to Politico.

The program includes six initiatives and BPC will release reports and convene experts over the next two years in anticipation of the 2024 election season.