Threatening to take Americans’ guns while lacking knowledge in the science of meme is apparently a bad combination for Democrats in Texas.
The former Congressman and failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke appears to have lamented the “powerful memes” employed by GOP candidates in the Lone Star State following a failed bid to turn the state blue.
The Daily Caller reports that Patrick Svitek, a political correspondent for the Texas Tribune, tweeted screenshots of an email from O’Rourke to supporters in which the former lawmaker shared his take on why President Donald Trump and GOP candidates were successful in the state despite a predicted “blue wave.”
“We have to be far more effective on digital and social media,” O’Rourke said, according to the screenshots.
“The anecdotal takeaway from those I’ve listened to, especially in border communities, is that Trump/GOP had a ferocious game (lies and powerful memes, effective targeting of new and young voters) and we had none.”
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) November 12, 2020
You may or may not have heard the adage that rings very true in this case: the left can’t meme.
Beto offered his suggestion that Democrats should “talk to voters year-round” specifically with “those whose votes have been taken for granted in the past” in “the places that are hard to get to.”
He also warned that the party “can’t write anyone off,” urging in-person contact with voters while regarding COVID-19 safety.
“Nothing beats meeting with your voters, eyeball to eyeball. We should always find a way to canvass directly at the voter’s door. There is a safe way to do this, even in a pandemic,” he said (although eyeball to eyeball doesn’t sound like a great choice of words if he is, in fact, recommending social distancing).
“The central messaging that many Democratic candidates felt obligated to adopt (because they believed that funding and other support from Democratic organizations was contingent on it) doesn’t work,” he said.
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