Looking forward to the upcoming election, and looking at the two candidates, I have to shudder. I have to vote for the Democrat candidate — Adam Frisch — and while I think he’s a good guy, has said stuff I agree with, and I will vote for him, I’m not sure he gets who the voters in this immense district really are. He has shown me exactly why Democrats don’t win in rural areas like mine. I’ve tried to tell him — and others have, as well. I have written to him, and I’ve posted on FB just trying to get the ball rolling on the kind of campaign he needs to run in towns like mine — and most of his immense district is towns like mine.
Frisch is a former currency trader (yeah, people down here do a lot of that) from Aspen, a very wealthy ski resort town (as the whole world knows). He might have grown up on a farm in Montana, but that’s not who he is.
His entire platform (with a few serious things vaguely thrown in) is “Beat Boebert.” He shows what idiocy Boebert does — like speaking over her time limit in Congress. OK, that’s obnoxious, but he has totally ignored her insisting that there’s nothing in the Constitution about the separation of church and state which, IMO, is really important.
Beating Boebert is A point, but not the point. People don’t mind Boebert. She gives off a vibe of understanding “us.” What Boebert or her handlers get is that people in communities like mine (everywhere?) are looking for someone to represent THEM and they are frustrated by government which they see as working in the interests of everyone but them. Of course, that’s not true of the government, but… If Frisch could demonstrate HOW he could represent them BETTER than Boebert does (not too difficult) they’d vote democrat. He doesn’t even seem to try.
How to win in a far-flung district like mine, filled with small farming towns? A candidate has to show up, walk the streets of the towns meeting and talking to people. I know. Radically old school, but it works. He should have been here for our county fair. He should have made it a point to attend every single small town celebration in the district. Other people from small towns have told him the same thing.
People down here — and in other similar towns — are like that; they are human oriented, and oriented toward individuals because there’s no one here, and we are all individuals. It’s one reason my perspective on where I live is shifting back to what it was before Covid and Jan 6. I live among amazing, kind people who vote for Lauren Boebert and Donald Trump. I’m starting to understand why. 45 and Boebert –miserable human beings both of them — or their campaigns have done marketing analysis to understand rural Americans and they act on it. I’m not fooled by DJT in a trucker hat, but others have been — if not fooled at least felt “seen.” It seems to me that Frisch is so busy railing against what she does wrong (yeah, there’s a lot), he doesn’t see how she reaches people. She’s evil, but whoever runs her is smart.
I’ve read several articles on how rural America feels that Democrats are elitist and not interested in rural America. I’m beginning to see that. I really think this guy — who has always (according to him) voted unaffiliated — seems to be coming across that way, too. He does to me. I will vote for him, but I have no idea what he will do if he is elected. All I’ve heard is vague stuff like “work across the aisle” and not be totally and completely obnoxious. That’s a LOT, but??? Where is he?
It seems to me to win an election, a candidate needs to intentionally relate to the people whose votes he wants. Maybe he’s done that, but I think he needs to do better. He challenged Boebert to five debates; she agreed to one. I’ll watch that with interest, but… I guess I really, really, really want that nightmare to end.
If you’re interested here’s a pretty good article. Another article is here, maybe a better one.