Can the Democrats regain the “trust” of voters?

RUN IT DOWN: Democrats are on a complicated side of a culture war, with a set of talking points about it that doesn’t resonate with some of the voters whom the party needs and with an aura of arrogance that turns plenty of voters off. Simply put, the Democrats do not promise a sell their accomplishments.

Elections are still almost a year away. You’d never know it from the frequency with which they’re mentioned in the news media, which has made them the dominant and sometimes sole lens through which everything in Washington is viewed. The furious metabolism of the news and the unpredictability of events (pandemic, anyone?) suggest that the situation in November 2022 won’t precisely mirror the position in November 2021. But we blithely ignore that.

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