There are few phrases in politics I like less than “the Democrats are terrible at messaging.”
Now bear with me here, I’m not saying we’ve got messaging figured out. We do have a message delivery problem, but that’s not the same thing. And, to say it’s all the Democrats fault is unhelpful and frankly, wrong. Right now, we need to be flooding every platform with the one-in-a-generation accomplishment that this infrastructure bill is. (Read THIS is you need to brush up on what exactly is in the bill.)
First things first. We need to boil down this infrastructure bill into a few words or a short phrase. I put out a challenge on TikTok recently, and got a bunch of great responses from folks.
- Democrats — Building Bridges
- Blue Builds; Red Rusts
- Biggest upgrade to our roads, bridges and airports in a generation
- America in Motion
- Investing in America
- Bluecollar Blueprint to Rebuild America (Biden said this)
- Highway to a Better Future
- Getting America Moving Again
- Safe drinking water. Safe bridges. Secure electrical grid.
- America works
These are only a handful, but I think it’s a useful exercise for each of us to think about how we can boil this huge, multipart bill down. I encourage you to listen to Democratic lawmakers and White House officials as they talk about this bill. Grab phrases that resonate with you and share them wherever you can.
One person on TikTok got really creative: You may have seen the Republicans using the chant “Let’s Go Brandon” as a childish stand-in for “[Bleep] Joe Biden.” Well, after passing infrastructure, #ThankYouBrandon and #LetsGoBrandon trended on Twitter. I love it when the Left repurposes Republican language to benefit our side! In any case, this person took the first letter of the name Brandon to make this:
Develop Mass Transit
Our Roads & Bridges
No Lead Water Pipes
Even better, I’ve seen people grab this initialism and spread it all over social media. And this is exactly why I encourage you to create your own phrase or share phrases you see and resonate with. By doing this, we’ll naturally settle on a handful of phrases that are essentially code for our infrastructure accomplishments.
The sad fact is that traditional media just doesn’t carry water for the Democrats and we can’t count on them. As only one example, I logged into my state’s largest newspaper on Sunday (I’m in Oregon) to see what they said about the infrastructure bill. Would they focus on the process of getting to the vote? Would they focus on what was in the bill or maybe even what the bill means for our state? But here’s what I found:
No article, at all. I even did a search for the word “infrastructure” because I was in disbelief that they ignored the topic entirely. The last article they had published online was from the middle of October. I did later hear from friends who received the print version that there was an article in there, but still, as more and more readers migrate online, not publishing the same article online was a massive oversight.
On top of that, we know the TV news will move right along to the next hot topic and fail to adequately cover the infrastructure bill and the results that every American will see in their own states.
So, I believe we must do everything we can to get the word out now about this big win AND keep it in the hearts and minds of Americans. Spreading key words or infrastructure “catchphrases” is the way to get this accomplishment to stick. We need to be doing this right now, and keep it up.
If you have any favorite phrases or ideas of how to message the infrastructure bill, please do leave it in the comments!