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The Dems can’t win in 2020 if they keep listening to Twitter

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10.08.2019

Everyone knows that Twitter is a sewer. It’s also a terrible newspaper editor and a lousy campaign manager.

Paul Begala knows something about the last of those. Begala has had his highs and lows as a campaign strategist — he once lost a student-government election at the University of Texas to an imaginary cartoon figure called Hank the Hallucination, but he went on to lead Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992, so he’s got that going for him — and he worries that Twitter is pushing Democratic candidates far to the left of where the party is.

He complains that the Democrats’ social-media universe is dominated by “over-caffeinated, over-opinionated, pain-in-the-ass white liberals.” (Hello, Brooklyn!) The problem? “Every candidate, and every staffer, checks Twitter and other social media scores of times a day,” he told the columnist Thomas B. Edsall.

The loudest voices on progressive Twitter are affluent, college-educated whites in a handful of expensive coastal neighborhoods. The median Democratic voter is less wealthy, less likely to be white and less militant. “Militant” used to call to mind images of Black........

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