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Democrats' Midterm Prospects Diminish Amid Booming Trump Economy

Democrats' Midterm Prospects Diminish Amid Booming Trump Economy
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By Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:03 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Democrats should be increasingly worried about their arch nemesis, President Donald J. Trump. The subject of their scorn and the media’s favorite punching bag is holding his ground and fighting back.

Their concern over the strong economy and Trump’s personal stewardship of its progress is troublesome, especially to the left wing of the party. Whether Democrats wish to admit it or not, the president is having a positive impact on this year’s midterm elections faster than you can say Nobel Peace Prize.

As the economy spirals upwards, unemployment across the board continues downward and prosperity and peace appear contagious across the globe. The so-called "Blue Wave" the Democrats promised in November grows dimmer by the day.

It is already a given the Republicans will retain their majority in the Senate with probable gains from three to eight seats. Signs of the Democrats taking back the House have been replaced with more realistic goals of making moderate gains.

Trump and the GOP are effective on their economic messaging ahead of November. And should Trump’s summit next month with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un lead to de-nuclearizing his regime, it could create a perfect storm for Republican candidates in the midterm elections.

This has not gone unnoticed by the Democratic leadership or their media allies. Thus far their main issue in the upcoming elections is their intense hatred of Trump. Now that the 24/7 vilification is falling on increasingly deaf ears, the party is left without a message hallway through the month of May.

The Democrats aren’t doing enough to provide a counterargument to the man who has single-handedly upset their political apple cart. The economy is generally the number one issue to most voters in elections and it is flat out booming at this time. The threat of voters crossing tradition party lines is becoming a no-brainer.

In April, unemployment hit 3.9 percent, the lowest figure since December, 2000. It has reached historical lows for two Democratic voting bases, Hispanics and African-Americans.

Granted, Trump’s approval ratings are quite low, but will that translate into Democratic gains? Strategic thinkers within the Democratic Party know all too well they need an economic message. But has their incessant bashing of Trump damaged any chance of it being heard?

The party can try to resurrect old campaign slogans such as “We saved the auto industry,” but does anybody remember? They can say more businesses were hiring under Obama, but is that really true? Arguments like those are going to be a tough sell with the economic progress of the last 18 months.

Democrats are clearly on the defensive. Midterm elections traditionally gravitate toward the party out of power. Trump and the Republicans have been blaming Obama for past times of difficulty. The growing success of the present economy makes it an uneasy defense, rather than a rousing offense they hoped for.

Democrats must define a cohesive message that resonates. The relative good times and atmosphere of world unity make that difficult.

Furthermore, a CNN poll earlier in May showed that 57 percent of those surveyed think the country is doing well. That is up from 49 percent in February. A similar poll out this month from CBS showed that 66 percent of those polled believe the economy is good.

These are not Fox polls or some conservative think tank. CNN and CBS are close allies of the Democratic Party. It is clear that there is a great deal of work to do if the Democrats wish to avoid a political embarrassment this November at the hands of their arch enemy.

Meanwhile, Republicans in the House are frustrated the president hasn’t given them more credit for the tax-cut bill he signed. The public reaction has generally been favorable. They feel Trump needs to campaign more as part of an overall team.

Some Democrats feel the bill is a chink in the president’s political armor. They argue it benefits big corporations and the wealthy more than the middle class. But its initial popularity derives from the common American seeing a gain in take home pay. Any detractors from that perception most likely will not be seen before the November election.

The Democrats best bet with five months to the election is discussing investments in education and taking on insurance companies and drug corporations. The entire aura of the party has a negative feel to it due to the incessant bashing of Trump.

A positive alternative needs to be introduced. That will be difficult for many on the far left who have made a career out of hating the president. The question now is whether that is fashionable anymore?

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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Democrats should be increasingly worried about their arch nemesis, President Donald J. Trump. The subject of their scorn and the media’s favorite punching bag is holding his ground and fighting back.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:03 PM
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