Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has a theory about why Democrats sometimes struggle to connect with voters: They're just too smart for their own good.
According to The Daily Wire, Hirono said Democrats need to stop being so "left brain" and work on connecting with voters' hearts.
Her comments were at the "Bend Towards Justice" conference, in response to a question about how to get voters to understand that the courts matter, and that judicial appointments should be a key campaign issue:
"One of the things that we Democrats have a really hard time is connecting to people's hearts instead of here," Hirono said, pointing to her head. "We're really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here (brain) but not here (heart). I've been saying at all our Senate Democratic retreats we need to speak to the heart, not in a manipulative way, not in a way that brings forth everybody's fears and resentments, but truly to speak to the hearts so that people know that we're actually on their side.
When you have a really hard time doing that and one of the reasons that was shown to me at one of our retreats was that we Democrats know so much, that is true. We have to kind of tell everyone how smart we are and so we have a tendency to be very left-brain."
Hirono said Republican politicians have done a much better job getting their voters to understand that the judicial system is a crucial and motivating issue.
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As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hirono significantly increased her national profile throughout the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Hirono was publicly and aggressively opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation, saying she believed accuser Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault. She also had to apologize when her campaign sent out an email that used the sexual assault allegations as a fundraising tool.
"I am spending every minute of my day fighting the Republicans who are desperate to rush Brett Kavanaugh's nomination and deny a fair investigation into credible sexual misconduct allegations against him," the email read. "This has to be my focus. What that means is I have limited time to campaign for our re-election or to fundraise -- making us particularly vulnerable to right-wing attacks."