Democrats know their appeal sucks to average American voters now (IMHO). But what should they do? Here are my thoughts.
Who was the unsung hero in Florida in 2000? Does the name “Katherine Harris” ring a bell? It should. She was the SecState in Florida who stopped the endless recounts, and her actions were ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court.
Anyone remember Ken Blackwell? He was the Ohio Secretary of State who got dragged into court for issuing provisional ballots in the 2004 election to voters who could not confirm their eligibility to vote. He was sued by the Democrats, but it didn’t matter in the long run. In the appeal court’s ruling, they mostly upheld his position. Bush won.
Now, look at this:
Deidre DeJear is Iowa’s newest political star — even if she hasn’t yet won an election.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is considering a second White House run, will stump with DeJear on Sunday. And Sen. Kamala Harris of California, another White House prospect, will make her Iowa debut Monday alongside DeJear.
Prospective presidential candidates often curry favor with local politicians in the state that holds the nation’s first caucus. But even by Iowa standards, this is a lot of high-wattage attention being paid to a 32-year-old who has not won her campaign for secretary of state, typically a low-profile position focused on overseeing elections.
I believe this is the Dem’s new strategy. Secretaries of State are usually in charge of elections. Control the Secretary of State positions in enough states, and they can control the outcome of elections by allowing or disallowing recounts—or outright fraud.