Longtime Dem Strategist Is Horrified About Who Young Voters Are Turning To

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As the 2024 general election draws ever closer, Democrats are becoming more and more worried. In fact, one Democratic strategist is “horrified” about who historically young Democratic voters are turning to.

Let’s just say it’s not the establishment Joe Biden.

Like most Democrats, longtime analyst James Carville believes his party to be the answer to all societal wrongs. He also thinks another four years of former President Donald Trump will ruin this country and democracy with it.

However, at least he correctly sees that his party is hemorrhaging votes in unprecedented numbers. He’s also correctly labeled one of the main reasons why those voters are leaving as a messaging error.

In a clip from Politicon’s “Politics War Room with James Carville and Al Hunt” podcast that was shared to the social media X platform on Monday, he explained that the Democrats are losing young people more than other demographics, and more specifically, young ‘of color’ voters.

“It’s horrifying, our number among younger voters, young people of color, particularly males. We’re not shedding them. They’re leaving in droves.”

Why are they leaving in such numbers?

Again, while disillusioned on the direction democracy should go, Carville is at least not blind to why this answer.

For starters, he says that his party members aren’t reacting or talking about things that actually matter to voters. Instead, they have what he calls a lack of “plate discipline.” The reference is a baseball one, used to describe how some batters aren’t disciplined enough not to swing at a bad pitch.

Instead, they swing at everything they can and, therefore, end up striking out far too often.

“Liberals, or whatever, left of center people can’t – they can never let a pitch go. Whatever you throw them, they will swing at.”

But striking out this often has led younger voters to no longer trust the party.

So, they are turning to Trump, someone who, to the left’s criticism, tends to ignore the surface issues the liberals cater to.

Indeed, this should be “horrifying” to those like Carville. Thanks to the messaging problem, Trump is far more likely to win come November.