Democratic Strategy Remains "Trump's a Sh!thole and We're Not"
Hey Democrats, I see you and your little Fake Resistance, too. It seems that, collectively, as a party/money pit for Billionaires, Dems have decided that running on stuff people want is a losing proposition. Your genius consultants and think tanks have apparently chosen to go with the "Trump's a Horrible, Very Bad Man, So Elect Us Instead" approach to win the upcoming midterm 2018 elections, rather than offer anything of substance to the millions of us suffering in this horrible, terrible, not very good country.
I guess it might work. Somewhat. Maybe. Or not.
As I recall wasn't that Hillary's basic strategy in 2016, a Presidential election year where voter turnout is highest, thus favoring Democrats? Why yes, Steven, yes it was! She was all in on attacking Trump in ads that depicted him as a sexist, racist, Russian appeaser unfit to be President. But on policy? Not so much.
But only 25 percent of advertising supporting [Hillary's] campaign went after Trump on policy grounds, the researchers found. By comparison, every other presidential candidate going back to at least 2000 devoted more than 40 percent of his or her advertising to policy-based attacks. None spent nearly as much time going after an opponent’s personality as Clinton’s ads did. ...
About 90 percent of Clinton’s attack ads went after Trump as an individual — compared with just 10 percent that went after his policies, the study found.
And that worked out so well for Democrats, didn't it. You guys and gals lost the Presidency to a racist reality TV star dunce, and you left the Senate and House firmly in Republican hands. Some might call that a catastrophe. Indeed, I believe many people did!
So one might wonder why you Dems wouldn't consider changing your electoral strategy in 2018, when only House and Senate seats are up for grabs considering Republicans voters typically show up to vote more in off-year elections than those who lean Democratic. I would have thought you'd at least consider backing those policy proposals for which Bernie Sanders, the most popular politician in America, has been barnstorming the country. Proposals for stuff that most Americans who aren't legal fictions or well-paid lobbyists actually want:
4) Protecting us from the Federal Government's ever more intrusive electronic surveillance program
And that's my short list.
But, it seems you believe doubling down on how racist Trump and his supporters are (as if we didn't already know Trump was a slimy racist, and that yes, some of his supporters are as well) is the better way to go. Well, that and claiming Russia is the most dangerous threat ever to America and that Trump is a Russian puppet controlled by Putin. Policy is only for stupid #BernieBros seems to be the vibe I'm getting from the Dem leadership.
You Dems claim that America can't afford Sanders' proposals.Yet you voted lockstep with your Republican colleagues to increase the military budget by an amount many billions of dollars larger than Trump requested. And we all know how well the Pentagon handles money.
So I suppose the 2018 elections will be more of the same from Democrats: the "We're not as bad as they are so you better vote for us" approach that has worked so well for them over the last eight years. Well, that and relying on billionaires, either as candidates or big money donors to bail them out.
Besides, who really gives a damn about policy proposals to benefit ordinary Americans struggling from today's vicious downward economic spiral anyway?
Only the "Not Democrats," apparently.