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Friday, May 11, 2018

With six months to go before the midterm election, new national polls are showing that the Democratic Party's much-touted momentum to gain control of the House has stalled out. The latest numbers tell us a lot about the limits of denouncing without offering much more than a return to the old status quo. Under the headline "Democrats' 2018 Advantage Is Nearly Gone," CNN reported Wednesday that nationwide polling found "the generic congressional ballot has continued to tighten" -- "with the Democrats' edge over Republicans within the poll's margin of sampling error for the first time this cycle."

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Overall, the latest generation of adults is negative about the demagogue in the White House. But most Democratic leaders aren't offering a clear and compelling alternative. As Reuters put it, "Although nearly two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates."

Six months ago, the independent report -- titled Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis -- pointed out that young people "increasingly want politics to be for something profoundly positive rather than just against Republicans." As a member of the task force that worked on the report, I was struck by how the top echelon of the Democratic Party keeps trying to insulate itself from -- and fend off -- the tremendous energy that mobilized behind Sanders during the primaries.

In short, the Democratic Party is still dominated by elected officials and power brokers who appear to be deeply worried that a future progressive upsurge of political engagement could loosen -- or even end -- their corporate-funded grip on the party. As the Autopsy report said, "Emerging sectors of the electorate are compelling the Democratic Party to come to terms with adamant grassroots rejection of economic injustice, institutionalized racism, gender inequality, environmental destruction and corporate domination. Siding with the people who constitute the base isn't truly possible when party leaders seem to be afraid of them."

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With practically nothing on the table but "Trump bad", establishment Democrats will have a hard time winning back congress.

#1 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-05-11 12:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#2 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-05-11 12:44 PM | Reply

"Wait, this isn't a Sheeple thread? I'm shocked!" - Sheepleschism

...but it's what I've been saying all along. And what do I get?

"You're a Trumper-humper" - Zed
"You're a Russian agent!" - Aborted_Mongoose
"You're a secret conservative!" - Speakslowly

LOL

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-11 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

FTA:

"I was struck by how the top echelon of the Democratic Party keeps trying to insulate itself from -- and fend off -- the tremendous energy that mobilized behind Sanders during the primaries.

In short, the Democratic Party is still dominated by elected officials and power brokers who appear to be deeply worried that a future progressive upsurge of political engagement could loosen -- or even end -- their corporate-funded grip on the party."

Seriously, this article is a must read.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-11 12:53 PM | Reply

Never Trump worked so well for the GOP, its not surprising in the least that the Dems' "brain trust" are eager to replicate that "success."

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-05-11 01:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

If this is the case, then run for office. I'm sick of the endless whining.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-05-11 01:38 PM | Reply


A couple months ago I was unconvinced of the magnitude of the so-called "Blue Wave."

I remain unconvinced today.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-05-11 02:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There is no Blue Wave. It's just a bunch of philosophers lamenting the burden of their genius amongst a sea of fools.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-05-11 04:05 PM | Reply

Hate is a tough thing to maintain. It requires a lot of energy and in the end destroys the person.

But I will give the Dems credit they are trying to change the subject.

Hey, elect us and we will *RAISE* your taxes.

Now that is a winner.

#9 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-05-12 07:43 AM | Reply

Even RCP is now warning: www.realclearpolitics.com

"Democratic campaign operatives have acknowledged that running against Donald Trump and the White House controversy du jour -- at the expense of more substantive policy issues -- could weaken their advantages heading into November's midterms. And complicating their case further are signs of economic improvement, including recent labor statistics showing national unemployment at a near-20-year low of 3.9 percent."

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-12 10:33 AM | Reply

Democrats should have a good midterm. If they don't that's a sign of huge problems.

Just look at history.....

en.wikipedia.org

"The party of the incumbent president tends to lose ground during midterm elections: over the past 21 midterm elections, the President's party has lost an average 30 seats in the House, and an average 4 seats in the Senate; moreover, in only two of those has the President's party gained seats in both houses."

#11 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2018-05-12 12:05 PM | Reply

As a member of the task force that worked on the report, I was struck by how the top echelon of the Democratic Party keeps trying to insulate itself from -- and fend off -- the tremendous energy that mobilized behind Sanders during the primaries.

Bingo.

Probably because they're largely owned by the same donors who own the GOP.

In any case, the lessons learned from 2016 are just perverted versions of what they should have learned from 2008 and 2012.

If they fail to adapt this time around (again...), it'll be their own fault as there's no longer any mystery in what the electorate is craving.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-13 03:16 AM | Reply

Never Trump worked so well for the GOP, its not surprising in the least that the Dems' "brain trust" are eager to replicate that "success."

#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Except the Never Trump Repubs were still trying to sway the mouth breathers that constitute Trump's base.

The Dems know that those -------- are the last people who'd vote for them.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-13 03:17 AM | Reply

Hate is a tough thing to maintain. It requires a lot of energy and in the end destroys the person.

Yeah, we know. We watched the right during Obama's 8 years.

In any case, disliking and opposing someone who completely and utterly lacks redeeming qualities isn't hate.

It's normal.

The crazy ones are those who support, defend or deflect for those who completely and utterly lack redeeming qualities.

Hey, elect us and we will *RAISE* your taxes.
Now that is a winner.

#9 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Except that is the actual responsible, good governance that is necessary. Sadly, the Boomers will lead America to it's grave via bankruptcy due to the debt they've saddled us with from their reckless spending and tax cuts.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-13 03:23 AM | Reply

Except that is the actual responsible, good governance that is necessary. Sadly, the Boomers will lead America to it's grave via bankruptcy due to the debt they've saddled us with from their reckless spending and tax cuts.

#14 | POSTED BY JPW

Yep - incredibly destructive generation.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-13 03:47 AM | Reply

#14

Responsible and Republican should not be used together in fiscal conversation.

#16 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-05-13 11:16 AM | Reply

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