Sunday Chatter: National Democratic Party “has lost its way,” Gov. Beshear says

02/22/2015 12:59 PM

As Democrats emerge from losing the U.S. Senate, governorships and state legislatures in last year’s midterm election cycle, the national party needs to refocus its message to reach voters that can relate to its core values, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Saturday.

Beshear is one of 11 Democrats tasked with evaluating the party’s political strategy in the wake of a brutal midterm cycle for Democrats, according to reports. He unveiled the panel’s preliminary findings Saturday in Washington.

“We need a cohesive, values-based narrative that quickly and succinctly defines our beliefs and helps voters identify with who we are and how we best represent them,” Beshear said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Democratic National Committee’s preliminary report, which will be completed in May, recommends empaneling a National Narrative Project to create a values-based message that will appeal to voters, strengthening relationships between the national party and its state and local affiliates, focusing on state races before the next round of congressional and legislative redistricting, building a bench of potential Democratic leaders, and standing up for citizens’ rights to vote.

The task force stressed the importance of winning office at every level of government, noting that Democrats have lost 69 seats in the U.S. House, 13 in the U.S. Senate, 910 in state legislatures, 11 governorships and control of 30 state legislative chambers since 2008.

“We can and we must aim for wins at all levels,” Beshear said in the Wall Street Journal report.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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