Six ways Democrats need to start talking — and thinking — about crime

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Dan Newman

In politics, what people feel is what’s real. Democrats have a dangerous predilection for getting bogged down in statistics, defensively pointing at facts — treating political disagreements like Oxford-style debates. If they don’t shift gears, the party risks broad electoral losses and a giant step backward in a policy area where they’ve made significant and meaningful progress in recent years: criminal justice reform. Yes, Democrats are the party of science [sic] and facts [sic] — advocates for vaccines and not dewormers — but it’s fruitless to try and convince people of something they don’t feel. … Here are six strategies that worked in California, where criminal justice reform has won overwhelming majorities again and again over the past decade …” (05/12/22)