“I believe the American people are more progressive than the politicians give them credit, but people need leadership, direction and education by their public officials,” said Boykin. “Even when the public doesn’t agree with the Democratic viewpoint, it still makes senses to articulate and explain the viewpoint. That’s the way to help educate and move people who are on the fence. The public respects strong leadership, even when they disagree with the viewpoints expressed. That’s why Ronald Reagan was so well liked even though most Americans disagreed with some of his policies. If the Democrats stand up for what they believe, explain it to the public, and defend it without apology, they will win the election. But if they try to dodge their way around the delicate issues, they do a disservice not only to the affected constituencies but also to their party and their country.”


Satta Sarmah is a CJR intern.