It used to be that everyone in the Midwest knew “FDR is for people like us” and they voted solid Democrat. Not any more. On Part One, conventional wisdom is that Democrats will most likely make gains in congress in 2018. But is most likely is good enough? Being risk-averse weakens our chances. Author of The Great Divide: Story of the 2016 US Presidential Race Howard Harrison argues it’s like sports: when you are down, you have to play harder. He argues it’s time for Democrats to “play less cautiously.” And on Part Two POLITICO senior staff writer Michael Kruse reports on good old Democrats in Indiana and other heartland areas who know why Democrats lost in 2016 and the common sense that could fix that in 2018. Economic issues! Show they are on the side of midwesterners as they used to be! Will Washington get it?

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