Bracewell’s Liam Donovan spoke with POLITICO Magazine in a wide-ranging conversation on Nancy Pelosi’s plans, the 2022 midterms, the “savviness” of Bernie Sanders and how the Democratic Party can rebuild trust between moderates and progressives.
And he’s got some friendly advice for Democrats, if they’re willing to listen.
“The key for these guys is don’t lose the plot. You have to fight your battles with the proper perspective. You have to go in knowing that you’re not going to get all of what you want. There’s going to be a half loaf involved,” Donovan says.
“Don’t put yourself in a position where you can’t save face at the end of the day, because that’s what the bottom line is. Everybody has to save face,” Donovan adds. “Give yourselves off-ramps, give yourselves opportunities to take the win. And I think it’s ridiculous coming from a Republican lobbyist, but I think that’s how you get it done.”