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In midterm elections, negativity is usually enough. By Albert R. Hunt June 10, 2018

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has warned fellow Democrats that they shouldn't just oppose Trump in the midterm elections; she thinks they need a substantive alternative policy message.

That sounds good. It's wrong. Midterm elections are about grievances, often directed against an incumbent president.

There are more than four-dozen competitive House races, and Democrats may settle on similar themes. But they don't need a single agenda.

In the past two midterm elections, in 2010 and 2014, Republicans scored huge gains. Their message was simple and negative: Let's beat President Barack Obama and get rid of Obamacare.

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"Trump will use any tactic to gin up the Republican base: immigrant-bashing, attacking protests by National Football League players, playing the race card. Some data suggests that Republicans are better finishers than Democrats.

But with few exceptions, Democrats have tapped their most electable candidates and minimized their party's ideological schisms. Barring a major change, they are on course to win somewhere between 25 seats, enough to eke out a one-vote majority, and 40, a wave."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-06-11 01:36 AM | Reply

Have plans, good ones, but also savage the bastard.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-11 08:18 AM | Reply

Trump is ruthless and without morality. Tell the truth about him, often and hard.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-11 08:19 AM | Reply

I guess mid terms are gonna show the bigger picture.

I hope your I hate the Don over and over and over tactics work for you.

question is- if the Dems get killed on the mid terms... do they

stick with their no substance name calling approach or actually talk about issues

affecting Americans?

#GOODLUCK

#4 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2018-06-11 08:37 AM | Reply

#4

Donald Trump is a hateful man. It harms no one's election prospects reminding people of that.

The people who are sympathetic with Sh-- Lord Donald, such as yourself, are already taken and not in play. There is as little empathy for Trump in this country as Trump has empathy for it.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-11 08:50 AM | Reply

question is- if the Dems get killed on the mid terms... - #4 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2018-06-11 08:37 AM

There is nearly no chance that Dems are going to get killed in the mid terms. It's a matter of how many seats will they gain. They should gain a few even if we had a decent 'R' president. We don't, which is a huge motivation for the Dem voters. Will there be a 40 seat swing (a 'wave'), will it be 25 votes eeking out a D majority, or with 'R' hold the house against all expectations? Those are the reasonable possibilities...not that we necessarily live in reasonable times any longer.

#6 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-11 10:57 AM | Reply


I ran across this editorial this morning...

The Democrats are still in 2018 trouble
www.washingtonpost.com

...With their successes this week in the California primaries, Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their prospects for the midterm elections. But they should take note of the bigger picture when it comes to left-right politics these days. Over the past decade, the center-left has been devastated electorally across the West. Unless Democrats face up to this reality and devise a strategy to reverse this tidal wave of defeat, they might find themselves surprised one more time this November.

When you tally their representation in Congress, state legislatures and governorships, the Democrats are nearly at their lowest point in 100 years. But they are not alone. David Miliband, Britain's former foreign secretary, observed in 2011 that the year before, the Labour Party had received its second-worst electoral result in nearly a century. In Sweden during the same year, Miliband noted, the Social Democrats fared worse than they had since 1911 . In Germany, in 2009, the once-dominant Social Democrats had their worst showing since the Federal Republic was created in 1949. In France, for the establishment left, recent results had been worse than any time since 1969. Things have changed a bit since 2011, though mostly for the worse....

To my reading, it appears that the opiner is saying that long-term the Democrats have a strong headwind which may or may not have a unexpected effect on 2018.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-11 11:11 AM | Reply

"To my reading, it appears that the opiner is saying that long-term the Democrats have a strong headwind which may or may not have a unexpected effect on 2018."

That's my comment, not part of the editorial. It got included by mistake in the quote.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-11 11:12 AM | Reply


@#6 ... We don't, which is a huge motivation for the Dem voters. ...

That's the aspect I am watching the most, voter motivation.

The WSJ did a recent poll which showed that currently the Democrats are far and away more strongly motivated to vote than the Republicans.

It is also the aspect of polling that pollsters struggle with the most, i.e., who actually will go to the polling place and vote? That number changes a lot between now and Election Day. So, while the Democrats may, say, maintain a 10% lead from now to Election Day, the motivation to vote may increase significantly among Republicans, effectively changing the poll results.

That's one reason why having the Republican win a spot on the ballot in the California governor's race was bad news for the Democrats --- now the California Republicans are motivated to get to the polls to vote. If Democrats had won the two slots, then the Republicans would be more likely to stay home and not vote.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-06-11 11:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Over the past decade, the center-left has been devastated electorally across the West."

"Nuh-uh! Fake news!"- DR far left

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2018-06-11 12:49 PM | Reply

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"the center-left has been devastated electorally across the West."

They moved Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington?

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-11 12:55 PM | Reply

For the midterms I think Dems should completely avoid any talk of policy or positive vision and focus 100% on attacking Trump.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-11 02:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's fine to attack the head of the incumbents in power, but they need to be smart, focused attacks which resonate with voters outside the bubble and resonate with mainstream voters. Continuing to shout Racist Nazi Doctor isn't going to convince anybody who's not already on your team.

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-06-11 03:46 PM | Reply

#13 Maybe you'd like to try leading by example.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-11 03:53 PM | Reply


It's fine to attack the head of the incumbents in power, but they need to be smart, focused ...#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-06-11 03:46 PM

Ouch. You couldn't come up with something more attainable?

#15 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-12 12:27 PM | Reply

Democrats Don't Need a Message. They Have Trump.

It's 2016 all over again.

Trumpublicans have no problem voting for Trump.

Reminding them who he is won't matter.

There needs to be a bigger, better message than, "Trump Sucks."

Hillary learned that the hard way.

Not sure when the DNC will figure it out.

#16 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-12 12:44 PM | Reply

"Hillary learned that the hard way."

Did she though? You'd think she'd be eager to share her learned wisdom with the only people left who actually care what she has to say.

#17 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-06-12 03:14 PM | Reply

Did she though?

I think losing to the most unpopular man in politics, when she was supposedly the clear winner, favored to not only win the popular vote and the EC, but to also flip some red states blue.

Yea. I think the tremendous loss taught her a lesson in over confidence.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-12 03:24 PM | Reply

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