WASHINGTON -- Lynda Tran, Founding Partner at 270 Strategies, joined CBSN's Major Garrett yesterday to discuss the Democratic Party's path towards mobilizing grassroots energy and upcoming opportunities for success.
On the Democratic Party’s upcoming strategies
"Resist, recruit, and repeat I think are the three words that Democrats are saying amongst themselves. I think that it’s a question of figuring out how to keep the energy going between now and 2018, that’s the next big milepost. So far, you haven’t seen any downside to Democrats in both the House and the Senate continuing to stand together as a block and resist things that the President has tried to accomplish. Now, that said, the things that he has tried to move forward are things that Democrats feel very, very strongly about, starting with Obamacare, which, had the repeal gone through, would have cost 24 million people their healthcare. The other things around building a border wall, or banning [people from] majority-Muslim nations from immigrating to this country are all things that it’s been easy for Democrats to get behind. Where the rubber’s going to meet the road is if and when President Trump decides he’s going to propose things around infrastructure, spending that Democrats might actually care about."
On how Democrats can mobilize grassroots energy
"I think it’s three things: I think you follow the heat in the streets, you follow the rise and the surge of these new groups that have been trying to garner some of this grassroots energy that you see around the country, and you follow the money. In terms of the street protests, there has been massive protests as everybody knows since the day after Inauguration Day from the Women’s March on to tax protests on to the things that you are seeing in these individual members districts. There’s clearly a lot of action, a lot of energy, and people are organically stepping up and doing things. You need names, and you need money, and part of these names are coming from these groups that are popping up. You’ve heard a lot about this group Indivisible that started off as a number of former Congressional staffers who felt like the one thing that they understood was how to pressure Congress and how to move it. These folks are starting to organize individually and then aggregate some of that information so that they can continue to mobilize. On the money front, we’ve seen a number of things. We’ve seen some organic donations to legacy organizations like Planned Parenthood which got hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations just through its website unsolicited shortly after the election, and I imagine is continuing to see support that way. You’re seeing people pouring money into special election contests in another year nobody would have been paying attention to like the Georgia 6th district. Tons of money got poured into that, and the Democrat, the upstart Democrat, the young person who was running, Jon Ossoff, nearly took it off right, and missed that margin just by two points."
On future victories for Democrats
"I think that it’s important to be seeing some sort of victory, but probably that marker is when we start talking about governors’ races. So far, it’s been a victory of sorts to see the kind of gains and traction that’s been made in districts that should have been blowouts for Republicans by double digits. The Virginia governor’s race would be a hold, but it would be something to show where the direction of the country is going in a way that is more significant than special elections."
Watch Lynda's interview here.