I still don’t think there’s any reason to believe that the historical trend of the party out of power gaining seats in midterm elections wouldn’t continue in 2018, but the Democrats are not making it easy on themselves. Given one of the greatest gifts the opposition party could ever hope for – a President (and de-facto leader of the Republican Party) who can’t stop talking and tweeting when he should – the Democrat Party can’t get out of their own way.
That’s why despite a significant overconfidence on the left that the House gavel will again fall into the hands of Nancy Pelosi this November, two recent examples may portend disaster for a party that has chosen to define itself solely on the basis of “We Hate Trump.”
First, the shutdown. Despite a valiant effort by their operatives in mass media and on social media, the attempt of Democrats to blame the stalemate on Trump didn’t work. Further, the optics couldn’t have been worse for liberals: military members were not getting their paychecks because the Democrat Party wouldn’t agree to pay them until illegal immigrants (the Dreamers) were given blanket amnesty.
Keep in mind this isn’t to say that the DACA issue is a loser for the left. Skillfully approached, the Democrats could have used the plight of these productive immigrants who came to the United States illegally through no fault of their own to their electoral advantage. They could have achieved a major policy objective, provided peace of mind to the Dreamers, and demonstrated themselves to be something other than the party of obstruction.
But Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin are running this show. And so instead, they drew an ignorant line in the sand, left the “Dreamers” in limbo, and did their best Anakin Skywalker leap towards Obi-Wan Trump who had the high ground. It ended about as well.
And instead of licking their wounds and taking the L, they just keep digging:
His singular mission? His only goal legislatively and morally is to help non-citizens? Is that the kind of vision and messaging the Democrats think is going to win over Americans?
Meanwhile, CNBC reported the latest large corporation issuing bonuses to employees as a result of the massive Trump tax cuts:
Disney joins the ranks of other major companies like AT&T, American Airlines, Bank of America, Comcast, Fifth Third Bank, JetBlue, Nationwide, PNC Financial, Southwest Airlines, Walmart, and others giving bonuses and raising worker wages after the cuts.
Cuts that not a single Democrat voted for – Not. One.
Again, I understand the Republican Party’s liability with Trump’s lack of verbal discipline. I understand historic trends of the electorate during midterm elections. But anyone overlooking the perception of a party more concerned about illegal immigrants getting amnesty and taking domestic jobs and collecting Social Security dollars than benefitting American working families is not wise.