Opinion | How to Run as a Democrat in 2022

The president’s party tends to suffer in midterm congressional elections. The risk for White House allies is particularly acute when a president rejects the opportunity to govern from the center and instead seeks massive changes on partisan votes. Given this terrain, some Democrats seem to have concluded that the best strategy for 2022 is to avoid telling people that they’re Democrats.

Alexi McCammondreports for Axios:

A growing swath of House Democratic candidates says the party needs to radically improve its heartland appeal to have any hope of keeping power in Washington… With control of the House and Senate on the bubble, many ambitious Democrats — from the South to the Midwest to the Rockies — are running against their own national party’s image.

Ms. McCammond adds:

After four years of listening to President Trump, many rural voters are reflexively distrustful of progressive solutions to everything from the pandemic to infrastructure.

In a 3-min. ad for his Senate campaign, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio never says he’s a Democrat.

That’s not all he never says. Readers may recall Mr. Ryan for his unique contribution to the campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. As he was preparing to run, a 2018 report in the Intercept noted:

Ryan’s district is one of the few poor, majority-white districts that is represented by a Democrat. But he won’t be running on a stereotypical working-class persona; instead, he believes his path to the White House runs through the “yoga vote.”

Ryan has long been a champion of mindfulness, meditation, and similar pursuits, and has even created a “Quiet Time Caucus” in the House of Representatives.

As part of his total makeover from heartland tribune to Democratic presidential candidate, Mr. Ryan had spent several years evolving his policy positions from pro-life to pro-choice and from pro-gun-rights to pro-gun-control. After the sharp move leftward on policy, it was the Ryan lifestyle that really defined his national campaign. CNN’s Eric Bradner noted in 2019:


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