Dems Turn to Hollywood to Sell Gun Control to Conservatives
When in doubt, the Dems go to Hollywood. That’s where so much of their cash and cultural cachet comes from.
The only problem with that plan is seriously thinking that Hollywood can help you connect with the rest of the country.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez, several House members and other top elected officials have already met with the group, formed by members of the entertainment industry in the wake of the 2016 election, that participants liken to a TV writers’ room, complete with producers of such programs as “Veep.”
Nothing like a widely popular program watched across the country to help you connect with ordinary HBO subscribers. Trying to talk to Roseanne, her producers and writers, would have a sane plan. But it’s much more fun to hang out with the producers of shows you watch and like.
The group has discussed targeted voter registration programs with visiting Democrats, as well as the party’s framing of issues ranging from abortion rights to gun control. In one recent meeting, a Midwestern senator sought advice about how to discuss gun control with conservative-leaning voters in his or her state, multiple participants said.
Who knows how to frame gun control for conservative audiences better than Hollywood?
Gun control is one of those issues that numberless Hollywood movies and TV shows have endlessly banged about for generations without changing a single mind.
In meetings with candidates and DNC officials, group members have urged the party to adopt a more aggressive communications strategy than the party mustered in a demoralizing 2016 presidential campaign.
Sure. What else are a bunch of lefties living in a bubble going to tell you to do? Shout louder.
“One of our strengths is an incredibly creative community that knows how to message and knows how to reach people and can come up with hopefully some kind of messaging for the DNC and others that can help going forward,” said Craig Zisk, a director and producer involved in the group. “We do it for movie posters, we do it for TV Guide slug-lines and, we want to be able to do that for the DNC.”
Go ahead and plagiarize, Team America World Police. That’s so Hollywood.