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The Browncoat Problem

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Memo to Democrats: IT'S NOT EASY, SO YOU HAVE TO BE BETTER.

The Georgia special election is over, and of course, the Democrat lost. A lot of people have spent a lot of time reading a lot of tea leaves in this and every election since November, and the analysis is clear.

Democrats should move to the left, move to the center, pursue minority turnout, appeal to the economic insecurities of white working class Trump voters, run younger candidates, run more established candidates, get rid of Nancy Pelosi, keep her, obstruct Trump at every opportunity, and maintain bipartisan comity and respect for the unwritten rules and traditions of the United States government.

Why do Democrats keep losing despite facing horrible opponents like Handel, Greg Gianforte, and Doanld Trump? Well, for one thing, they face a very difficult election environment. Decades of gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement by Republicans have depleted the Democrat voting pool, and decades of shitty, centrist Democratic policies and politics have helped turn much of the rest into nihilistic cynics.

But apart from that, Democrats haven't cracked the Browncoat Problem. I was hoping that the Labour relative victory in Britain meant that the global Left had cracked it, but those results didn't carry over to Georgia at all.

What's the Browncoat Problem? Well, I probably don't have to tell you this, but Browncoats are rabid fans of Joss Whedon's sci-fi Western TV show, Firefly. And before the Firefly movie came out, Browncoats were convinced that the box office response would be huge, Joss Whedon would be recognized as the genius that he is, everyone would realize how wonderful Firefly was, their ranks would swell with the newfound love of the common man, and entertainment would be saved.

And when Serenity came out and did exactly the kind of box office you'd expect from a low budget extension of a one season Fox series that nobody had heard of, well, blame was laid at the feet of many. But the fact is, they didn't have something people gave a shit about.

Eleven years later, box office response was huge, Joss Whedon was recognized as the genius that he was, and the ranks of nerds got swole with the the newfound love of the common man. And it did this by giving the common man things that they liked, while gradually building their ranks and training them to like complicated interconnected comic book storytelling.

Democrats need to stop being Browncoats, with their lengthy arguments about how if people would just give technocratic centrism with vague hints of democratic socialism a try, they'd really like it. They need to start being Marvel, take ideas that are already popular, and package them in bright and shiny ways while still being basically competent. Enough with the lengthy think-pieces with labored metaphors explaining what Democrats need to do to win.

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