Democrats have a rational positive agenda you can find in white papers and ten-point-plans that no one in the real world reads. But if Democrats want to actually win in 2018 there’s only one issue to pound home: The vile racist woman-molesting Russia-bought traitor must be stopped- before he destroys us. When there’s a cobra in your bed discussing redecorating the room is insanity.
Republican anger at President Obama is what got their voters out in 2010 and 2014, enabling them to take back Congress… and he was a decent human being. Trump is a vile fraud to all but the most deluded so there’s absolutely nothing the Democrats could do that would be dumber than setting aside their criticisms of Trump to focus on some “affirmative” 2018 boilerplate agenda.
If Democrats do manage to take back the House and Senate, the primary task in the subsequent two years — their only task — is going to be thwarting, constraining, and investigating Trump and his administration for the same reason that Churchill’s only job in 1939 was thwarting Hitler.
As for being against Trump, not being a positive enough message, what could possibly be more important right now? How can anything good get done with a liar mocking democracy, truth, justice, mercy and beauty in the Oval Office?
What’s the problem with “I’m against Trump and want to stop him ruining the very idea of America” as the central Democratic message? It seems to be the single most persuasive moral truth now, right up there with saying that “rape, abuse, theft and dishonor are bad.”
Trump is not just “a single issue.” He’s a national emergency.
Centrist pundits insist Democrats have to stand for “something more than opposing Trump.” Wrong! Nothing else counts until this vile clown/despot is checked, stopped, reduced, dis-empowered. After that let’s talk policy.
Anger at Trump is not just sufficient to win, it’s the only morally and politically appropriate message for 2018. What Democrats need, more than anything else, is for their base to get energized, excited, and yes, toweringly angry. And no, being nice won’t get many Trump voters to switch sides. We just need to get Democrats and independent voters to VOTE!
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