Today’s episode of The Brief, our weekly show about politics, will be a little different than most. We at Daily Kos are unapologetically partisan, and we fight hard for liberal policies and allies. Yet undoubtedly, we are losing the national narrative debate. There may be more of us than them, but we can’t motivate many of our core voters to turn out, and even if they do, Republicans are better at mobilizing their core. We lost Virginia in large part because suburban white educated women who had been trending our way during the Trump years snapped back to the GOP. It’s a twin whammy: We’re not great at giving our own core a reason to vote, and we’re not great at convincing everyone else to switch to us.
Today, we’re going to talk to my old friend Monica Guzman, journalist and author of the upcoming book I Never Thought of it That Way, now available for pre-order.
I had a chance to read a pre-publication draft of the book, and it’s spectacular. There are clear challenges reconciling my partisanship with her desire to “be curious” when talking to our political foes, but the advice is wise and applies far beyond politics to business and our personal relationships. I think what Monica has to share could very well save your holiday gatherings if you must deal with … difficult relatives.
You can watch the show live right here on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM PT/4:30 PM ET, but I realize that’s not always the most convenient, so the podcast is a great alternative. It goes live Wednesday mornings at all the usual places, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. A full list of places to download the show is available here.