democrats argue way back to power is through small towns won by trump

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earlier this month, sen. tim kaine began the congressional spring break with a trek through virginia’s southwestern towns and small cities. the democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2016, kaine talked to college students in ferrum and miners in castlewood, places with about 2,000 residents each. all told, he did 13 stops in five days across a region not known for its support of democrats, but that’s okay with kaine.“presence is important,” kaine (va.) said in a brief interview. “you’ve got to go to these places.”that adage about presence is one of the increasingly accepted lessons democrats are heeding from the debacle of last year’s white house and congressional elections. throughout the last decade, democrats pursued what was considered to be the most efficient strategy of winning in presidential and senate contests — turning to technocrats who knew how to find their most loyal voters in cities and suburbs and drive up turnout from their base. it helped barack obama win two presidential campaigns and gave democrats a senate majority for eight years. by last year, however, the party’s smart set — including kaine’s running mate, hillary clinton — became ......

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