They just can’t get out of their own way. To this point it is clear to any rational political observer that Donald Trump is not a conventional politician. He didn’t build a conventional campaign apparatus, he didn’t have a conventional legislative plan, he didn’t foster conventional political alliances. And yet the Democrats, unhinged at the mere mention of his name, continue increasing the number and intensity of conventional attacks, apparently not realizing that it is fuel for Trump.
I don’t know any other way to say this: Donald Trump is not seeking re-election on the basis of success or accomplishment. I truly contend that he couldn’t care less about those things. If someone says he hasn’t accomplished anything, he just calls them fake news and pretends like he has. But his campaign was never about a set of legislative objectives. His campaign was about proving to all the ‘haters’ that they were wrong and that he could be elected president. It was a campaign of spite, it’s been a presidency of spite, and the Democrats are playing right into his hands over and over again.
His re-election campaign will be constructed entirely on the basis of tribalism, rivalry, and bitter division. He will sell himself as a man against entrenched forces that are constantly trying to knock him down while he valiantly fights back. If Obama was Mr. “Hope and Change,” Trump is Mr. “He Fights.”
So if that’s the case (and it is), a smart opponent would deprive Trump of the one thing he has going for him. A smart opponent would deprive him of the fight, wisely allowing Republican infighting – as reliable as the sun rising in the East – to deprive him any legitimate accomplishment, while themselves carving out an appealing policy agenda to sell to the American people that simply ignores the pettiness from the White House.
But the Democrats are not a smart opponent. So they fight him. Bitterly. They allow Elizabeth Warren to jump back into her embarrassing claims of Native American heritage. They skip meetings because of un-presidential tweets. And they do this:
Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund manager and liberal mega-donor, told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday that President Donald Trump should be impeached as soon as possible.
The San Francisco-based mega-donor financed a nationwide ad campaign urging Trump’s removal from office by Congress for a variety of alleged offenses, including collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election and heightened tensions with North Korea.
Remember, to date there is absolutely nothing impeachable in either of those two examples. But the Democrats froth at the mouth over it, rush to a sympathetic media all too eager to join because they have been the brunt of Trump’s attacks, and put themselves way out over their skis. By merely floating the idea of impeachment and pretending there is credibility to it, gives Trump an exposed jaw to jack with a nasty uppercut. And he does. And his supporters love it.
I don’t mean this as a compliment or a criticism, but it is beyond clear to this point that in a battle of pettiness and insults, the Democrats are not going to win against Trump. He’s the master. If they play his game, he gets re-elected.
To this point, they’re playing his game. And to this point, they don’t show any signs of realizing they aren’t winning.