In explaining why Democrats seem to have difficulty in connecting with voters, liberal Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said it was because they speak more to the brain instead of the heart, that “Democrats know so much” and tend to be “very left-brain.”
Hirono, who strongly condemned the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, made her remarks at the “Bend Toward Justice” conference sponsored by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 4.
While discussing the Supreme Court battle, the moderator wondered how Democrats could more effectively reach voters, asking, “What is the thing that Democrats need to say to help voters bump this from issue number 14 up to issue number one?”
The senator said, “I wish I had the answer to that because one of the things that we, Democrats, have a really hard time [with] is connecting to people’s hearts instead of [their heads].”
“We’re really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [pointing to her head] but not here [pointing to her heart],” said Hirono.
“I have been saying it at all our Senate Democrat retreats that 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 heart so that people know we’re actually on their side,” she said.
“But we have a really hard time doing that and one of the reasons — it was told to me at one of our retreats — was that we Democrats know so much, that is true,” said Hirono.
“And we have, kind of have to tell everyone how smart we are,” she added. “And so we have a tendency to be very left-brain. … And that is not how people make decisions.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). (Getty Images)
Hirono, 71, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives 2007-2013. She started her first term as a U.S. Senator in January 2013. She is a non-practcing Buddhist.
During the Kavnaugh hearings, Sen. Hirono repeatedly said that she believed Kavanaugh’s accuser, Kristine Blasey Ford, although Ford presented no evidence to back up her claims of sexual assault by Kavanaugh in the early 1980s when they were in high school.
“I believe her, let’s put it that way,” said Hirono. “There’s credibility to her story. ”