J-B-E, THE D-E-Ms & SOME P-D-A

There’s already a followup to our recent analysis about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rising political stock among Democrats nationally.

Check out this Politico story that was posted on Monday. Edwards scored three big mentions in the piece, which examines the recent electoral successes of Democrats across the country, mostly in legislative races, but also for a few higher-hanging political fruits.

— MENTION ONE: “It depends on how the Democratic Party plays it: If they work under the assumption that simply not being Republican is enough, then they’re in for a big disappointment," said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards — one of just two Southern Democratic governors outside of Virginia and a leader who, like North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, frequently speaks with candidates in the region to offer advice. "But if they understand that this presents an opportunity for them to reconnect with voters who moved away from the Democratic Party over the last couple of decades, and then do what is required to reconnect with them, then there is a tremendous opportunity.”

— MENTION TWO: And while national Democrats have raised money for Jones, only one high-profile surrogate — former Vice President Joe Biden — has visited the state for him, partially because so few high-profile party leaders are palatable to the state's voters. Even some party leaders in the region think the optimism is premature. They note that Edwards and Cooper each ran against deeply unpopular Republicans in highly localized races, and say that local state party infrastructures remain a mess with too little emphasis on engaging black voters.

— MENTION THREE: “There are real opportunities right now, but sometimes you learn the wrong lessons,” warned Edwards. "We’re not going to win by simply not being Republicans. We’re not going to win by simply not being Donald Trump.”

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