Many Democrats can’t believe their “definition of insanity” approach hasn’t been working as well as they’d hoped during their attempt to come back from years of Barack Obama single-handedly destroying their party (while Dems applauded like trained seals the entire time). With midterms just around the corner, the reality is setting in that calling Trump a dictator might not be nearly enough:
House Democrats are heading into the throes of the election haunted by many of the same problems that dogged them in 2016: a Trump-dominated news cycle, a message that’s struggling to break through and sharp divisions within the party about how to fix it.
Now many Democrats say they’re watching nervously as polls start to trend in Republicans’ favor — and worry they’re witnessing the beginning of a slow-motion train wreck that they have no idea how to stop.
There are still widespread disagreements within the diverse 193-member caucus about what campaign message Democrats should rally around in the final months before the midterms and even who should be the party’s chief messenger.
Some Democrats worry a rerun of the Republican playbook employed in the past several cycles — painting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the GOP’s central villain — will again be successful in denying them the House majority.
Other members say the caucus’ main problems are internal. Democrats on the far ends of the party’s ideological spectrum continue to battle over what their focus should be in the election — and how much of it should center on President Donald Trump.
“People get caught up in the anti-Trump messaging. That’s what the messaging has been,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).
“The Democrats focus so much on Trump and the carnival that is around him that we don’t spend enough time talking about who we are and what we will do if the voters give us a chance in the majority.”
It’s nothing short of amazing that the Democrats actually are baffled why they can’t move the needle more in their favor just after insinuating that several million law-abiding Americans who belong to a 2nd Amendment rights organization are complicit in mass murder, had a presidential candidate who called about half the country “deplorable,” members of Congress who prioritize people in the country over American citizens, and a House Minority Leader who claimed a tax cut bill would lead to mass genocide and then called an extra couple thousand dollars a year “crumbs.” If Dems want to know what the Dems’ biggest messaging problem is all the need are lots of mirrors.
Amazingly enough, the DNC will probably conclude that they need to get more extreme in their rhetoric, but they’ve already set that bar so high up they’d need a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to reach it.