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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Democrats seek a purpose

After nine months of blaming Hillary's historic (and hilarious) loss on Russians, misogynists, and James Comey, Democrats concluded this weekend that they have no message for 2018.

Guess Arbeit Macht Frei polled poorly.

They head for the 2018 mid-term elections with not much Hope for Change in the Senate.

Things are so bad, even Jared Kushner's Observer newspaper is mocking them:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) reached out to supporters on July 5 to poll four different options for a new sticker. Every option demonstrates how out of touch the party is from voters. The slogans were reminiscent of the Clinton campaign’s “Stronger Together,” “Love Trumps Hate,” and “America is Already Great.” The four slogans were “Resist & Persist,” “She Persisted, We Resisted,” “Democrats 2018: Have You Seen the Other Guys?” and “Make Congress Blue Again.”
Twitter users from both sides of the aisle made fun of the choices. After all, they are coming from the same organization that poured millions of dollars into Jon Ossoff’s failed congressional campaign and that has focused its recovery strategy on converting moderate Republicans. Since Barack Obama assumed office in 2009, the Democratic Party has lost nearly 1,100 seats in elected offices across the country to “the other guys.” Instead of stopping their losing streak with meaningful policies that would risk alienating their donors — such as single-payer health care — Democrats have obsessed about Donald Trump’s connection to Russia.
The plan had been to recruit people of color and other grievance groups to cobble together a majority until people of color outnumbered white people.

This is a reversal of the racism Democrats played in the South from 1870 to 1970.

The only thing Democrats overlooked was governing. Obamacare is the least liked federal program since Prohibition. Does anyone remember any politician running in favor of it last year?

The party now searches for a message -- a meaning -- something to offer voters besides hate, sweat, and tears, lots and lots of liberal tears.

From the Associated Press:
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley hesitated when asked about his party’s core message to voters.
“That message is being worked on,” the New York congressman said in an interview this past week. “We’re doing everything we can to simplify it, but at the same time provide the meat behind it as well. So that’s coming together now.”
The admission from the No. 4 House Democrat — that his party lacks a clear, core message even amid Republican disarray — highlights the Democrats’ dilemma eight months after President Donald Trump and the GOP dominated last fall’s elections, in part, because Democrats lacked a consistent message.
The soul-searching comes as Democrats look to flip at least 24 GOP-held seats necessary for a House majority and cut into Republican advantages in U.S. statehouses in the 2018 midterm elections. Yet with a Russia scandal engulfing the White House, a historically unpopular health-care plan wrenching Capitol Hill and no major GOP legislative achievement, Democrats are still struggling to tell voters what their party stands for.
Message-less, the party fumbles forward.

Just what the party stands for today is anyone's guess. From AP:
“The Democratic Party needs to up its game,” national Party Chairman Tom Perez said in a speech this week. “What I hear most from people is, ‘Tom, we not only need to organize, but we need to articulate clearly what we stand for.'”
The problem with the Democrats is the Resistance and Russia. Neither resonate with an electorate that sees those as Washington problems.

And there is this from AP:
“We need to be talking about impeachment constantly,” said Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the recently formed Democratic Coalition Against Trump. He warned on Twitter, “If you’re an elected Dem & you’re not talking impeachment or 25th amendment then find a new party.”
Hating Trump has its limitations. Impeaching Clinton did little good for Republicans, who were fortunate in 2000 that neither party had a message and it was their turn to win the White House.

Neither party had a message -- although Hope and Change sounded good -- until Trump revived Make America Great Again two summers ago. He fleshed out the message with sound policy ideas such as closing the Mexican border, re-negotiating trade agreements, and not being a patsy for our NATO allies.

I still maintain that the message, not the messenger, won the day on November 8.

But even while a Republican Congress shows it is not ready for prime time, President Trump's competence and accomplishments -- under the radar of ceaseless Russian assaults -- will carry the party next year and in 2020.

This is not my final prediction. That is a long way off. But the Party of Obama is old and out-of-touch, unable to give voters a reason to vote Democrat.

Republicans at least offer voters Donald Trump.

UPDATE on JULY 21: The Washington Examiner reported: "Rumored DNC motto ripped straight from Papa John's Pizza," which was "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John's."

Their version: "A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages."

Which translates to "Bigger Focus Group. Bigger Slogan. Lose Again."

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  1. Unfortunately for the GOP, Trump won't be on the ballot in 2018. The Senate looks safe for now, but ifor the leadership doesn't get its act together, it could lose the House.

    1. I agree. Yet I am caring less about House Republicans than I thought I would.

  2. A Democrat House impeaching Trump will give it back to the Republicans in 2020. Even with the RINOs the Senate won't be able to convict him.

    Just like in Jim Crow days, the Democrats have nothing to offer but hate.

  3. They need to get off the gender band wagon. Right now they support gender reassignment, but every liberal who gets a set of balls votes republican.

  4. If Democrats are seeking a poipose, it's gotta be Flipper.

  5. Keep the powder dry and the oil flowin, y'all. Same ol shit yesterday from The Jellyfish, this one courtesy of Capito: "I didn't come to Washington to hurt people." Oh for f---'s sake. That's a total beauty queen thing to say, Shell-Belle. Go have an affair with Bitch McNozzle and stay out of our way, wouldja? I keep seeing 52 R Senators all thinking they're Little Presidents. Kid Rock ain't gonna play that garbage. Primary the Villains and let's go MAGA. He's our only hope.

  6. The Jerk Navin R. Johnson

    Grandmother (reading a letter Navie sent his family): My dear family, guess what. Today I found out what my special purpose is for. Gosh what a great time I had. I wish my whole family could have been here with me. Maybe some other time as I intend to do this a lot. Every chance I get. I think next week I'll be able to send some more money as I may have extra work. My friend Patty promised me a blow job. Your loving son, Navin. (she stops reading) And he's got the kisses here.
    Father: That Patty must be a sweet girl.
    Mother: God bless her.

  7. Sane democrats (if there are any) are afraid to say what the party really stands for. I saw today they some dems think their hope is on running blue dog democrats. But they would be running for the party of communism.

    I don't know how sane (if there are any) democrats sleep at night. I once thought your senator - Manchin - was mostly sane (but corrupt - epi-pen anyone), but now I don't think so.

  8. "Yet with a Russia scandal engulfing the White House, a historically unpopular health-care plan wrenching Capitol Hill and no major GOP legislative achievement,..."
    The "Russian scandal" is engulfing CNN and the rest of the enemedia. NOT the White House.

  9. A "Russia scandal"? Could the AP be any more Democrat?