Skip to comments.Dems worry Trump will win over economy
Posted on 05/12/2018 1:35:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Democrats are growing worried that the strong economy, and President Trumps messaging about his economic stewardship, will help Republicans in this years midterm elections and have an even greater impact in 2020.
Even as signs point to Democrats winning back the House, the party is concerned that their hopes of a blue wave could turn into something smaller if Trump and the GOP are effective on their economic messaging ahead of November.
Interviews with more than a dozen Democrats suggest a number of people in the party are worried that Democrats arent doing enough to provide a counterargument.
Its a very big concern, said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. The economy is the No. 1 issue out there for people and right now Trump has a very aggressive economic message that seems to cross traditional party lines to voters.
The unemployment rate, which fell under former President Obama, has dropped even further since Trump took office. In April, it hit 3.9 percent, the lowest figure since December 2000.
Lake said Democrats cant assume that because Trumps approval ratings are low, it will translate into voter support for Democrats on the economy.
We tend to just assume that people will view us as better on this issue and they dont, and you cant win elections when youre behind on the economy, she said. To produce a real blue wave, you need to have an economic message.
Basil Smikle, a Democratic strategist who served as the executive director of the New York State Democratic Party, also said Democrats are losing the messaging war when it comes to the economy.
The problem is, we could say the auto industry is still alive because of President Obama, unemployment went down during the Obama administration, we can say that businesses were doing better and hiring more [under Obama]. All of that is true, Smikle said.
But the Republicans have spent so much time saying that Obama was to blame, its going to be hard going back to rehash that argument, Smikle said. Weve been playing defense for so long we havent had a cohesive message that is about big ideas and getting people to believe in these ideas again.
A CNN poll out this month showed that 57 percent of those surveyed think the country is doing well, an uptick from 49 percent in February. At the same time, a CBS poll also out this month showed that 66 percent of those polled believe the economy is good.
Republicans, for their part, arent feeling super confident that voters will reward them for the good economy.
GOP lawmakers have expressed frustration to The Hill that they havent received more credit for the tax-cut bill signed by President Trump.
The CBS survey showed 46 percent disapproved of the bill, while 43 percent approved. The poll also showed that 62 percent said the law would either hurt them or have little effect on their well-being.
Pointing to those statistics, some Democrats say their party should hit Republicans over the law, arguing it benefitted corporations and the wealthy more than the middle class.
Most Americans agree that the bulk of benefits from tax reform wont help them but will help Trumps billionaire friends, said Democratic strategist Christy Setzer. Thats gold, candidates. Please use it.
A possible messaging frame for the Democrats argument, Setzer added, should be that Trump is a grifter looking to profit off the American taxpayer, and if his dirty friends like Michael Cohen also get rich as a result, even better. But hes not looking out for you.
Democratic strategist Jim Manley acknowledged that the last thing Democrats should do is try and knock down the economy. Still, he agreed those in his party can point out that the administrations tax policy is skewed to the wealthy and Democrats should seize on that opening.
Republicans arent spending a lot of time talking about the tax cuts and there are very few if any Republicans who want to talk about it, he said.
Despite Smikles argument that voters are dug in on the Obama years, former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) said Democrats should also be showcasing the fact they were the ones who rescued the economy from falling off the cliff.
We need to point out that the economy is on the same trajectory it was on when Barack Obama left office, Tauscher said.
Others say the party needs to take it a step further.
Our biggest challenge in the midterms is youre going to have a waterline on the economy and unless youre able to articulate a theory of the case, youre going to be dependent on where that waterline is, said Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist.
Democrats right now, were going up to bat and were not even looking to hit, Lehane added about the messaging. Were hoping to get hit by the pitcher so we can walk to first base.
Lake proposed creating an economic plan with several points that the party talks about, including investments in education and taking on insurance companies and drug corporations.
We need to offer a positive alternative, she said. You cant be something with nothing.
Well, Nancy Pelosi has the RAT solution to losing because of a swelling economy. Hurt it by RAISING TAXES.
Dems have a Busted Poker Hand. They have no cards but a bluff.
“Obama fixed the economy and that mean Trump’s trying to take credit for it!!”
Just think if all Republicans in Congress would have been on board with Trump from the beginning.
The lying liars are telling a lie.
What happened to the “blue wave election” that the MSM-Democrats were regaling us with just a month ago?
What a crock. These people are completely shameless.
We need to offer a positive alternative, she said. You cant be something with nothing.
Somebody on their side knows this. But what comes out of the Democrat camp? Stormy Daniels, Russia collusion, impeachment as a campaign issue......
I haven’t seen the numbers on this, but, undoubtedly there are big numbers of Democrats, who while they dislike Trump, do not want to see him impeached. But if the Democrats make impeachment their big campaign issue, they are going to turn off some of their own core supporters.
I see recently in the news, that the so called Blue Wave is fizzling out per pollsters. And nobody is talking about the Democrats taking the Senate in November. And it seems that if they do take the House, it would be by a tiny margin. It will not be a Blue Wave if it happens, instead they will pick up the approx. seats they need plus a few more. No way they pick up 60+ seats in the House this time around.
Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.
You gotta have something if you wanna be with me.
There's nothing else for it - they'll have to run on raising taxes and bringing in illegals to take jobs away.
Are they figuring out that their platform of Stamping Out Prosperity may not be a sure fire winner after all?
Keep in mind that midterms are turnout elections. All of the energy will be on our side again.
Even worse for dems, minorities are doing better under Trump. Black unemployment is down to an amazing 6.6% and falling. Dems only have to lose 5% of the black vote, and theyre done.
Dems will have to cheat like never before.
So far so good for Trump.... Ugh, until gas hits an average of $3.50 per gallon by mid summer. The Dems can then actually campaign on the reality that the tax cuts have gone to pay ‘big oil’ and the folks are getting screwed... again.
Strategy 2: "Trump is a grifter looking to profit off the American taxpayer, and if his dirty friends like Michael Cohen also get rich as a result, even better. But hes not looking out for you.
Go for it, Dems! They are BOTH sure-fire winners!
"Trump is a grifter." LOLOL...says the party of the biggest true grifter families ever to descend on Washington -- Clintons and Obamas.
They had EIGHT years to do this, but their central planning communist roots just wouldn't let them do it. They think they are smarter then 100 million Americans running businesses and 250 million Americans making tens of billion economic decisions every day in the free market.
People don’t need messaging when they can see the results in their paychecks.
Well, it’s better for the dems to lose because of the economy rather that get hung as traitors. Why not both?
It says everything one needs to know about Dems, that they would rather have limitless political power than see common people do well economically.
When is the last time a Democrat actually did anything good for the economy?
I’m thinking that Bill Clinton might get credit, but he had a Republican house and senate; he would never have done anything to help the economy otherwise. When he was first elected, he implemented far left policies that were very damaging. And he backed off when Republicans took the house. So, he doesn’t really count.
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