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Democrats’ to Plot Working Class Outreach at Ritzy St. Regis in DC

The roughly $500 per night hotel doesn’t exactly say “working class”…

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In the days following Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, Democrats not representing coastal states and districts urged party leaders to make an effort to reconnect with working class voters. Clinton’s losses in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin served as a wake-up call to many that Democrats had veered too far to the left in ideology and policy.

As part of that effort, Politico reported Wednesday that Democrats are plotting an “Ideas Conference” that will be a liberal response to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held every year at a convention center in Maryland.

But between Democrats’ November defeat and today, that message of working class outreach got lost. Politico reports Democrats are looking to hold their CPAC counter-conference at one of DC’s most opulent hotels, the St. Regis:

Instead of CPAC, it’ll be the Ideas Conference. Instead of at the National Harbor, it’ll be in the main room at the St. Regis Hotel, a few blocks from the White House. Instead of featuring President Donald Trump, it’ll be the first real cattle call of the Democrats nosing around 2020 presidential runs.

And it’ll be the Center for American Progress’s biggest move yet to establish itself as both the nexus of the Democratic Party’s future — and a player trying to shape what that future will be.

St. Regis Ballroom

Located just blocks from the White House, rooms at the St. Regis start at around $500 per night – hardly the go-to hotel for a working class voter visiting the nation’s capital. The hotel’s website boasts of numerous amenities, including its Butler Service:

From coveted restaurant reservations to a perfectly pressed suit for an important meeting, it is your St. Regis Butler’s gracious pleasure to fulfill your request. No wish is too small or unattainable no matter what the hour of the day.

Those wishes may include “unpacking and storage of your luggage” upon arrival, a “wake-up call to draw your shades” in the morning, and “garment pressing” before your big night out.

St. Regis hotel room

The optics could not be worse for Democrats eager to reconnect with working class voters in places like Detroit or Youngstown. Brainstorming a new locale should be priority number one for Democrats’ “Ideas Conference.”