Hirono di­ag­noses party prob­lem: ‘We Democrats know so much’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

Sen. Mazie Hirono sug­gested Tues­day that Democrats have a hard time con­nect­ing with vot­ers be­cause their breadth of knowl­edge tends to turn peo­ple off.

The Hawaii Demo­crat made the com­ment dur­ing a dis­cus­sion at the “Bend To­wards Jus­tice” con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton when she was asked by Slate edi­tor Dahlia Lith­wick how to make the ju­di­cial sys­tem a top cam­paign is­sue for vot­ers.

“One of the things that we Democrats have a re­ally hard time is con­nect­ing to peo­ple’s hearts in­stead of here,” Ms. Hirono re­sponded, point­ing at her head, ac­cord­ing to a clip flagged by the Re­pub­lic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. “We’re re­ally good at shov­ing out all the in­for­ma­tion that touch peo­ple here [points to the brain] but not here [points to the heart].”

“I’ve been say­ing it at all our Se­nate Demo­cratic re­treats we need to speak to the heart, not in a ma­nip­u­la­tive way, not in a way that brings forth ev­ery­body’s fears and re­sent­ments, but truly to speak to the heart so that peo­ple know that we’re ac­tu­ally on their side,” she con­tin­ued.

“We have to kind of tell every­one how smart we are, and so we have a ten­dency to be very left-brain,” the sen­a­tor added.

Add Ms. Hirono: “We Democrats know so much” that it can alien­ate vot­ers.

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“I’ve been say­ing it at all our Se­nate Demo­cratic re­treats we need to speak to the heart, not in a ma­nip­u­la­tive way, not in a way that brings forth ev­ery­body’s fears and re­sent­ments, but truly to speak to the heart so that peo­ple know that we’re ac­tu­ally on their side,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii Demo­crat.

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