After wedding neo-liberalism for the last four decades just like the Republicans, the
US Democrats can't still comprehend that the working class, the main sacrificial victim of neo-liberalism, gave them a finger during the last elections rather than to the Republicans. In this respect, the Democrats started to suspect that their power to persuade and mesmerize has been somehow lost in the fire of Hillary's burning glaze. Having to choose between the Democrats' impotent and slick "care" or loving lack of care and the Republicans' proud and open (and mean) self-centeredness, many voters switched from Obama, the smooth hip talker, to Trump, the one who was at least (falsely?) promising to curb the disaster of neo-liberalism.
In this situation, the Democrats faithful to their instincts, have begun to wonder again whether pretending to be "economic populists" (embracing a populist lie of the day) would save them or whether again they should try to imitate (like Hollywood does) the apparent "winning strategy" and be again more like the Republicans or at least "Republican-lite."
“And I think there’s a lot of worry that we don’t actually know how to persuade anymore, and so maybe we should just go talk to the people we agree with.” A conversation about where Democrats go next as a party inevitably turns into a discussion about whether it should embrace a form of economic populism similar to one pushed by liberal icon Bernie Sanders or it should tack insteadto the political middle. Canter has his own view of Trump’s success, arguing that the president’s “special sauce” combines his economic populism with a political populism that vilifies both parties. But he rejects the notion that his firm’s report suggests the party should pursue either direction. Rather, he said he and his partners were simply trying to explain to party leaders exactly why Clinton lost. Without understanding how the party lost, it’s hard to figure out how it can win again. “We don’t need to be Republican-lite,” Canter said. “All we’re saying is this is the electoral challenge. In order to win, this is the challenge we have to solve. And there are a lot of good arguments for how we can solve it.” http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article147475654.html#storylink=cpy