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How Will Dems Campaign Against an Increasingly Popular Trump?

How Will Dems Campaign Against an Increasingly Popular Trump?
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By    |   Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:56 AM

The Democratic Party is in a deep state of division. The far left is eager to take control of the party apparatus, but in doing so, could very well destroy the identity of Democrats and the party itself.

It has been a rough eight years overall. Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the Democrats have lost the House, Senate, and the presidency. Worse than that, they have lost over 1,000 state-held offices, the ability to select federal judges, and watched as the Supreme Court moves to the right, most likely for generations to come.

The failed attempt to force Donald Trump from office after his stunning win over Hillary Clinton is now inevitable. The special counsel investigation is petering out and there has not been a shred of evidence to conclude Trump was in bed with the Russians to do anything.

For most of party members, it is time to move ahead and rejuvenate a doubting base. In just 18 months, President Trump has clearly revitalized the nation’s economy, brought unemployment to record lows, and witnessed a booming Wall Street. The far left wants to slug it out toe-to-toe with the president until his term ends, but is that prudent for the party as a whole?

As the midterm elections come into focus, the Democrats have spent most of their time these past 18 months ridiculing the president and blocking him at every turn. Despite their efforts, few will argue that the things that matter to voters are doing well and people are indeed better off than they were before Trump arrived.

The Democratic voters in the state primaries have been evenly divided amongst themselves. Basically, half are staunchly progressive while the other half are what can be termed moderate. This is weakening the party itself and Democrats in general this November.

The clear indicators provide an easy re-election for the president and a further decline in the Democratic Party with whatever power they have left. Even their propaganda arm of the party, most of the media outlets, have been discredited and brushed aside by many Americans.

There is even worse news: In generic polling for Congress, Republicans now lead Democrats by one point, according to Reuters. This is the worst news Democrats could receive after boasting late last year that this would be a ‘blue tide’ election for them. In many ways the outlook was positive in November, but after the tax cuts, the economic upturn and the unemployment statistics, the tide has dramatically changed.

Democrats in general have not adapted. It is as if they have never recovered from the angry hangover of Hillary Clinton’s defeat. They act as if they know better than those who elected Trump, thus alienating even more Americans with their childish tirades. They may not like it, but the reality is President Trump’s approval rating is now up to 44 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics poll average.

The plan is clearly not working, but there has been no second plan should this all fail. The party is perceived as out-of-touch with the voters and no real strategy of their own, other than their intense hatred of Trump. That doesn’t win elections.

The party in not only at risk in Congress, but in Republican-controlled state legislatures and governor’s offices throughout the country, with redistricting occurring after the 2020 census. The Democratic Party is becoming dangerously regional on both coasts with little support in the middle. Hillary Clinton’s losses in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio proved that.

Things are not about to get better. Even with the left’s control of the mainstream media, the feats Trump is bringing forth must be reported on accurately. There can be no editorial message in a booming economy or low unemployment. Now the president is on the precipice of peace with the North Koreans that will likely bring him the Nobel Peace Prize.

All this just five months before an election the Democrats thought was theirs for the taking. The lack of consensus between the two factions of the Democratic Party is clear, unambiguous and startling. It may be the undoing of the party itself going into 2020.

The progressive agenda focuses on redistribution of wealth and the impeachment of the president. These are issues that better suit mom and dad’s kids in the basement than the entirety of a political party. The moderates remain mostly mute for fear of reprisals from a vengeful and boisterous left.

The nightmare scenario for the Democratic Party is an ever-increasingly popular President Trump. As the midterms grow closer, TV screens are lit up with Republican political ads aimed at ultra-left Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. It may be all that is necessary to scare the public into voting Republicans into Congress.

There presently appears to be no incentive to vote for Democrats. Even for two of the Democrats most loyal bases of support, African-Americans and Latinos, the voting decision may be difficult. Both ethnic bases are witnessing the lowest unemployment among their races in decades. It’s difficult to retain loyalty when the opposition is bringing home the bacon.

Democrats must advance an agenda explicitly different from what is now offering. There is little time to retool without appearing disingenuous. That may be a task whose time has passed.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The Democratic Party is in a deep state of division. The far left is eager to take control of the party apparatus, but in doing so, could very well destroy the identity of Democrats and the party itself.
democrats, midterms, election, progressives
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:56 AM
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