If the Democrats want to win back the White House, they need to stand for something other then hating Trump.
The mid-term elections are about five months away.
Some commentators have seen a “Blue Wave,” returning anti-Trump majorities to the House and Senate.
But Democrats are losing ground in generic congressional polls and President Trump’s job approval numbers have risen recently.
Much is uncertain so we have to pose this question awkwardly: If in fact the Democrats are faltering, why is that the case?
We think that part of the answer is that they have spent too much time the last year in the”resistance,” demonizing Mr. Trump rather than developing and debating policy.
The Democratic base may laugh appreciably at a recent “New York Magazine” cover depicting Trump as a pig, but Trump’s supporters see it as an insult to them and this sort of ridicule may energize them to vote and organize.
In effect, the ridicule of the president may actually help him with his base. The tactic of mockery backfires in another way as Democrats are often too quick to laugh at the president where they would be much better off calmly waiting for more facts.
A case in point: Recently Mr Trump referred to members of the sadistic MS-13 gang from El Salvador as “animals” and Democrats including Senator Chuck Schumer jumped on Twitter to castigate the President for calling all illegal immigrants by that term. But commentators like NBC’s Chuck Todd who often criticizes Mr. Trump said that his media colleagues widely misrepresented the President’s remarks.
Another point: This past week President Trump canceled the summit with North Korea and there was sarcasm from Democrats. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un probably had a “giggle fit.”
Well. Kim might have thought the Mr. Trump’s letter canceling the summit was funny but perhaps not this sentence: “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
The tactic of mockery backfires in another way as Democrats are often too quick to laugh at the president where they would be much better off calmly waiting for more facts.``
In any event, Mr. Trump’s cancellation appears to have been part of his bargaining process and diplomats are working to renew the summit. Kim even went to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Here is what we wish Democrats would do: Talk about policy they want to implement if we the voters return them to power.
For example: Would they put us back in the Iran Deal? Would a Democratic Administration continue the investigation of Andrew McCabe? Do they have plans to lower unemployment among Blacks below the Trumpian levels? Will our Israeli embassy depart Jerusalem?
President Obama’s Departments of Justice and Education ordered all public schools to make all bathrooms transgender or face a loss of federal funding. Mr. Trump rescinded it. Would Democrats reinstate it?
What about teacher salaries? Here is what Senator Schumer said recently: “Teachers of America, we Democrats hear you loud and clear. Put simply, instead of giving a tax cut to the richest of Americans, we should give a pay raise to teachers in this country who our students depend on to succeed.”
Mr. Schumer’s idea on improving teacher salaries requires, to minimize the matter, a great deal of thought involving economic trade offs and federalism. If it is not just electioneering we will hear more about it.
We don’t expect that.
One more: SEIU is trying to unionize workers at Planned Parenthood of Colorado but the PP is fighting back. The union movement, particularly in the private sector, is hurting and SEIU has done a lot for the party. Will Democrats take a position?
The Blue Wave may still hit on November. But it would be nice to hear more policy stances from the Democrats.