Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I thought I'd let you in on our strategy...
|I just got back from the DNC summer meeting in Arizona, and I thought I'd let you in on our strategy for the upcoming year and beyond, because I'm really excited about what we're working on.|
We didn't choose to have our meeting in Arizona because we were trying to beat the heat -- temperatures push 100 degrees in Scottsdale in August. We see potential here.
Traditional Republican strongholds -- like Arizona, Texas, and Georgia -- are seeing rapidly changing growth among young people and people of color. They're increasingly getting involved in the political process.
We've seen what that equation looks like in states like Colorado, Nevada, and Virginia -- traditionally red states that went for President Obama in the past two elections.
The electoral map isn't shifting just because of demographics, though. Increasingly, Democrats are the only party with an agenda that resonates with a wide range of Americans.
That's why last November our party held the White House and picked up seats in both houses of Congress. And that's why moving forward, our two top priorities will continue to be strengthening the middle class and growing an economy built to last.
Of course, our third priority is to make sure we keep electing Democrats to office so we can make the first two possible.
Keep fighting the good fight, and chip in $10 or more to continue electing Democrats who want America to work for everyone.
Republicans have been trying to rebrand a failing message after Americans voted in record numbers to twice elect President Obama. Republicans are caught between what they say they're going to do, and what they're actually doing. They continue to pass legislation that restricts voting rights, rolls back access to health care, and opposes comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.
Despite all the talk about changing their ways, Republicans are becoming more insular, more obstructionist, more rigid, and more ideological. What they don't get is that Democrats are winning because we're inclusive, pragmatic, and results-oriented.
But we cannot solely rely on our values to win -- we need to make sure we have the resources to counter the Republicans and to hold them accountable for their extreme policies.
The grassroots advantage we built in 2008 and 2012 was vital to our success. We utilized new technologies to better identify voters, bring them our message, and remind them to go to the polls. Registering new voters and ensuring that all Americans have access to the ballot box isn't just good for our party -- it's critical for our democracy.
Republicans are working to shrink the electorate and to spend exorbitant amounts of money on their so-called rebrand effort. That's their strategy. And it could work -- if we don't focus on ours.
Chip in $10 or more and let's keep it going:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sign President Clinton's card!
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Quick story for you:
After he served in the U.S. Army in World War II, my grandfather came back to a country that offered him a basic bargain.
He worked hard, deferred gratification, and lived a disciplined life -- and in return, he was rewarded with fair wages and decent benefits, the chance to buy a home, save for retirement, and most of all, to hand down a better life for my mother and me.
For decades, the basic bargain that if you work hard you can get ahead began to erode. And then right before I took office in 2009, the bubble burst and the security of millions of middle-class families was under siege.
We've made progress over the last four years, but if you listen to what the other side has to say about their vision for the country, you don't get the sense that they want to help middle-class families get ahead.
This is why we fight -- and it's why I need you to be involved.
Chip in $10 or more to support Democrats who are fighting for the middle class.
I've always said that no party has a monopoly on wisdom, and I still believe that. But the policies Republicans are proposing right now aren't going to help grow our country from the middle out -- they're only going to put the progress we've made at risk.
We've got some important debates coming up -- and I need to know I can count on you to be in the Democrats' corner.
Chip in today:
P.S. -- Thank you so much for all you've done, and all you're going to be doing. Let's get going.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I've never seen this in my lifetime:
I've been in politics for a while now, but I've never seen anything quite like this.
A group of freshmen senators are running the show in the Republican Party -- that is not hyperbole.
You should see what these guys are doing now. They're asking their Republican colleagues to sign a pledge to shut down the federal government unless we defund Obamacare.
Now these aren't bad guys, but I want you to think about this: not only are they still trying to get rid of health care reform -- they're willing to use the entire federal government as a bargaining chip to get it done.
That's what we're dealing with in Washington right now, and it's unprecedented in my lifetime.
Make no mistake -- one thing we don't need is to let the Republicans outrun us in 2014, and elect a bunch more people to the House and Senate who think, act, and vote the way Ted Cruz and Rand Paul do.
Chip in $10 or more right now and help build the organization that's going to stop these guys:
P.S. -- I'm serious about this -- the other side is hard at work gearing up for the next election. We can't fall behind.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Sign Barack's card
Barack's 52nd birthday is today -- and I want to make sure you have a chance to wish him all the best.
Add your name to Barack's birthday card now.
I've been doing these cards for Barack for a few years now, and I can't tell you how much he enjoys getting messages from folks like you.
He thinks of you all each day when he heads into work, and it's Americans like you who he's fighting for every single day.
Sign this card and let him know that you're with him as he works to make sure every person has health care they can count on, to continue building our economy so it works for everyone, to keep fighting climate change, and to protect women's rights.
Add your name now:
Saturday, August 03, 2013
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Friday, August 02, 2013
Sign POTUS's birthday card
I gotta say, when I started working for then-State Senator Barack Obama, we didn't think much of his taste in ties.
Just over nine years ago, he was about to go onstage to give his speech at the Democratic National Convention -- the one where he first called himself "a skinny kid with a funny name" -- and he had picked out a hideous tie for the occasion. Axelrod liked the tie I was wearing better, and Michelle agreed -- so Barack put on my tie, and off he went to deliver one of the best speeches anyone's ever heard.
After the speech, I forgot about the tie, and didn't see it again for seven years -- not until my last day as White House Press Secretary, when President Obama gave it back to me in a frame with a picture of him wearing it at the 2004 convention.
It's funny: Most times, a tie isn't a very thoughtful gift.
But it's this type of thoughtfulness that I think makes the President a great leader for the American people -- and what makes him such a good friend, husband, and dad.
His birthday is this Sunday, and I know he'd appreciate it if you took a second to add your name to his card and leave him a note:
P.S. -- Sometimes a little gesture (or a tie) can mean a lot. I know the President appreciates knowing you have his back. Add your name before the big day.