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Ahead of Midterms, 'Blue Wave' Looking More Like 'Blue Trickle'

Ahead of Midterms, 'Blue Wave' Looking More Like 'Blue Trickle'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on May 22, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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Monday, 04 June 2018 12:41 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The "blue wave" Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) have been predicting in the November elections is officially on hold. One of the main reasons is the U.S. economy, which just added an additional 223,000 jobs in May.

The resurgence under the leadership of President Trump is taking the fight out of many Democrats. Most Americans have come to expect Trump’s opposition to be wild and hysterical in their hatred of him. Voters now see a Democratic Party without a theme or any policies aside from hating Trump 24/7.

It may come back to haunt them and turn the supposed "blue wave" into a possible "red wave." The labor market maintained steady growth and the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent last month. Not exactly the type of figures that promote people to grab torches and a rope.

That is the lowest level since April 2000. It is also a slight drop from 3.9 percent, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

Trump’s entire presidency is not going according to the plans of the DNC. Almost from the start of the billionaire businessman's term in office, he's been performing miracles with the economy and jobs lost overseas.

In May alone, job gains were 15,000 more than previously reported in March and April. It is a raw nerve for the Democrats who are fully aware of what a good economy and job market can do in an election for the party out of power.

That is not all the bad news for the political opposition and their propaganda arm, the mainstream media. The president’s promise to cripple ISIS is now a reality as most of the savages’ ground gains have been retaken. His peace talks with the North Koreans are apparently back on track with a summit planned in just under two weeks.

Should Trump triumph on the Korean Peninsula and bring peace to the region, the Nobel Peace Prize, given for little reason to former President Barack Obama, is his for the taking. One can hear the gnashing of teeth at DNC headquarters.

These are rough times for the Democratic Party trying to get their feet solidly on firm political ground. Since the inauguration of Obama in January 2009, the party has lost the House, Senate, presidency and over 1,000 state political offices. It was their assumption that the untested Trump would be a disaster in the Oval Office. It is proving to be quite the opposite.

Now it is June and the last three months have seen jobs being added at an average of 179,00 per month. May was over 200,000. The economy is headed toward a three percent pace of growth, according to the Commerce Department on Wednesday.

Trump had called Obama’s job numbers “fake” in the past. He now proclaims that the average hourly pay increase of 2.7 percent over the past year makes this recovery real. His words are grating for the Democrats desperate to make a dent in his influence this November.

The excellent jobs report, along with good wage gains, are being noticed by the Federal Reserve Board. They will meet to decide on key interest rates June 13. Their reasoning is to take pressure off the labor market and avoid future inflation.

But there is more "bad news" for the Democrats and their perceived base of voters. Job conditions for African-Americans are improving. The jobless rate for blacks hit a record low of 5.9 percent. The black vs. white gap is now 5.9 to 3.5 percent, or the smallest gap since the data has been tracked in the early 1970s, according to Labor Department data.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, the woman who would become Speaker of the House should the Democrats regain that majority status, criticized the May jobs report. Remarkably she said, the employment numbers “mean little to the families hit with soaring new costs under the Republicans' watch.”

It's a certainty smart Republican marketers will use those words against Democrats in the fall elections. One can see Pelosi’s face and her words, “From day one, the White House and Republicans in Congress have sold out working and middle-class families to further enrich the wealthy and big corporations shipping jobs overseas.”

The Democrats have their work cut out for their candidates. The "blue wave" may only be a "blue trickle," or worse.

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 "blue wave" Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) have been predicting in the November elections is officially on hold. One of the main reasons is the U.S. economy, which just added an additional 223,000 jobs in May.
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