Welcome, Guest! - or
Easy to remember!  »  VinNews.com

New York - With 2018 Looming, Democrats Divided On Their Core Message

Published on: July 17, 2017 03:16 PM
By: AP
Change text size Text Size  
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2017 file photo, Tom Perez, speaks in Atlanta. As Democrats look to reverse Republicans monopoly control in Washington and the GOP advantage in state capitals, the party is still looking for a crisp, simple message for voters.(AP Photo/Branden Camp, File)FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2017 file photo, Tom Perez, speaks in Atlanta. As Democrats look to reverse Republicans monopoly control in Washington and the GOP advantage in state capitals, the party is still looking for a crisp, simple message for voters.(AP Photo/Branden Camp, File)

New York - 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.

Advertisement:

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.

Some want to rally behind calls to impeach the Republican president as new evidence indicates possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Democratic leaders are reluctant to pursue that approach as it only energizes the GOP base. Others want Democrats to focus on the GOP’s plans to strip health insurance from millions of Americans. And still others say those arguments can be fashioned into a simplified brand.

As Democratic officials debate their party’s message, so do voters across America.

Just 37 percent of adults believe the Democratic Party “stands for something,” according to a Washington Post-ABC poll released on Monday. Another 52 percent said the party “just stands against Trump.”

For now, at least, Democrats are waging a tug-of-war largely between the Russia investigation and the GOP’s attempts to gut the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Several liberal groups that had been laser-focused on health care have intensified calls for impeachment in recent weeks, including MoveOn.org, Indivisible and UltraViolet.

“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.”

Yet one of the left’s favorites, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is focusing almost exclusively on health care.

Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, said in an interview that “there should not be a rush to judgment” after emails released by Donald Trump’s son this week revealed that Trump’s top advisers held a meeting with a lawyer they were told represented the Russian government.

Sanders sidestepped questions about impeachment, warning instead that “many, many thousands of Americans” will die every year if the GOP health care plan becomes law. Sanders has hosted swing state rallies focused on health care in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio in recent weeks and was in Iowa on Saturday.

Democratic operative Zac Petkanas, who led Hillary Clinton’s campaign war room, agrees that this week’s developments in the Russia investigation shouldn’t change the party’s focus heading into 2018.

“Candidates need to be saying the word ‘health care’ five times for every time they say the word ‘Russia,’” Petkanas said. He added, “I think it’s a fundamental mistake to make this election a referendum on impeachment.”

It’s not that easy for some elected officials, like Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., who says concerns about Russia have caught up to health care as a priority among his constituents. He described the Russian developments as “a threat to our foundation of democracy” that demands attention.

“Congress has to be able to walk and chew gum. We have to be able to do both,” Kennedy said.

Many Democrats outside Washington insist they must go beyond opposing Trump and his policies if they expect to make major gains in 2018 and beyond.

“Democrats would make a mistake if we thought pounding Trump and not having an authentic message of our own is a winning strategy,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “The message of Democrats has to be about issues that matter to people at their kitchen table.”

In South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Democrats don’t have to retreat from their opposition to Trump, including talking about Russia, but they must tie it all together with a consistent theme that goes beyond day-to-day news cycles.

“It’s very simple,” he said. “We exist to help people go about their lives, to protect their rights and freedoms and opportunities.”

Jason Crow, a Democrat running for Congress in a Colorado swing district, said voters regularly ask him about the Russia story, which “goes to the core of our institutions and our faith in government.” But he’s anchoring his pitch on issues that “are real and immediate to people’s lives: going to college, paying the bills, financing a house, whether they can go and get the health care they need right now in an affordable and accessible way.”

Meanwhile, Crowley said voters may have to wait a few more months before they hear national Democrats’ new message.

“We’re all working on that,” Crowley said. “We’re hoping to have this up and running and out by this fall.”



More of today's headlines

Washington - Three Senate Democrats are calling on the White House to review and possibly revoke Jared Kushner's security clearance. They are pointing to the... Pearland, Texas - A 70-year-old Army veteran has been fired from a Houston-area Home Depot after trying to stop suspected shoplifters from taking thousands of dollars'...

 

Total10

Read Comments (10)  —  Post Yours »

1

 Jul 17, 2017 at 04:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Democrats are not powered by any real ideology. They are energized by their pursuit of "moral independence", "greed", "big government", and "dependency". These all emanate from their emotional side, and is devoid of intellect. That does not stop many of them from wasting our time in front of microphones and cameras, saying what sounds nice, but is a whole lot of hooey. They are so power hungry that all they are busy with today is how to trash and destroy Trump. Absolutely nothing that will better the lives of Americans. They will stay stranded in this endless loop, hopefully for a really long time. I hope that Republicans utilize that time to accomplish a lot.

2

 Jul 17, 2017 at 04:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Democrats are not powered by any real ideology. They are energized by their pursuit of "moral independence", "greed", "big government", and "dependency". These all emanate from their emotional side, and is devoid of intellect. That does not stop many of them from wasting our time in front of microphones and cameras, saying what sounds nice, but is a whole lot of hooey. They are so power hungry that all they are busy with today is how to trash and destroy Trump. Absolutely nothing that will better the lives of Americans. They will stay stranded in this endless loop, hopefully for a really long time. I hope that Republicans utilize that time to accomplish a lot.

You meant Republicans of course, like make America great again and other stupid slogans

3

 Jul 17, 2017 at 04:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Democrats are not powered by any real ideology. They are energized by their pursuit of "moral independence", "greed", "big government", and "dependency". These all emanate from their emotional side, and is devoid of intellect. That does not stop many of them from wasting our time in front of microphones and cameras, saying what sounds nice, but is a whole lot of hooey. They are so power hungry that all they are busy with today is how to trash and destroy Trump. Absolutely nothing that will better the lives of Americans. They will stay stranded in this endless loop, hopefully for a really long time. I hope that Republicans utilize that time to accomplish a lot.

The latest Trump lie is listing beef production under manufacturing. Beef comes from cattle and cattle is raised and needs few people

4

 Jul 17, 2017 at 05:45 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Democrats are not powered by any real ideology. They are energized by their pursuit of "moral independence", "greed", "big government", and "dependency". These all emanate from their emotional side, and is devoid of intellect. That does not stop many of them from wasting our time in front of microphones and cameras, saying what sounds nice, but is a whole lot of hooey. They are so power hungry that all they are busy with today is how to trash and destroy Trump. Absolutely nothing that will better the lives of Americans. They will stay stranded in this endless loop, hopefully for a really long time. I hope that Republicans utilize that time to accomplish a lot.

Well said ! Great comment .

It's all about Bernie evil
Wall Street and entitlements . It's silly slogans with no way or plan how to pay for it . Like oh we are the only civilized country without single payer and it's our duty to provide health to all citizens. Such silly rhetoric . Like how exactly do you want to pay for that ? What exactly do you want to cover ? Will it be enough for top Drs and top treatment plus end of life and nursing home care ? If yes how do you propose we pay for it ? We are also the only civilized country in the world that has top notch second to none care ? And do our emergency rooms really turn anyone down ? Ok but if all goes bad go scream that it's the evil corporate America . It's those evil health insurance company's that take a 3% profit margin . It's all their fault .

Here is another genius democrate idea . Free college tuition for all . After all we use to offer that . Yeah but people use to go to college for degrees that brought jobs . Today free college for what ? For anthropology degrees ? For arts ?

All slogans with no substance . So sad

5

 Jul 17, 2017 at 05:47 PM Educated Archy Says:

MAY the dems end up like labor . A small minorty joke party

6

 Jul 17, 2017 at 06:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Democrats are not powered by any real ideology. They are energized by their pursuit of "moral independence", "greed", "big government", and "dependency". These all emanate from their emotional side, and is devoid of intellect. That does not stop many of them from wasting our time in front of microphones and cameras, saying what sounds nice, but is a whole lot of hooey. They are so power hungry that all they are busy with today is how to trash and destroy Trump. Absolutely nothing that will better the lives of Americans. They will stay stranded in this endless loop, hopefully for a really long time. I hope that Republicans utilize that time to accomplish a lot.

replay the president's lies

7

 Jul 17, 2017 at 06:39 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Democrats are not powered by any real ideology. They are energized by their pursuit of "moral independence", "greed", "big government", and "dependency". These all emanate from their emotional side, and is devoid of intellect. That does not stop many of them from wasting our time in front of microphones and cameras, saying what sounds nice, but is a whole lot of hooey. They are so power hungry that all they are busy with today is how to trash and destroy Trump. Absolutely nothing that will better the lives of Americans. They will stay stranded in this endless loop, hopefully for a really long time. I hope that Republicans utilize that time to accomplish a lot.

Republicats and the Democans are all the same. None of them govern on principle. It's cronie politics.

8

 Jul 17, 2017 at 09:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Educated Archy Says:

Well said ! Great comment .

It's all about Bernie evil
Wall Street and entitlements . It's silly slogans with no way or plan how to pay for it . Like oh we are the only civilized country without single payer and it's our duty to provide health to all citizens. Such silly rhetoric . Like how exactly do you want to pay for that ? What exactly do you want to cover ? Will it be enough for top Drs and top treatment plus end of life and nursing home care ? If yes how do you propose we pay for it ? We are also the only civilized country in the world that has top notch second to none care ? And do our emergency rooms really turn anyone down ? Ok but if all goes bad go scream that it's the evil corporate America . It's those evil health insurance company's that take a 3% profit margin . It's all their fault .

Here is another genius democrate idea . Free college tuition for all . After all we use to offer that . Yeah but people use to go to college for degrees that brought jobs . Today free college for what ? For anthropology degrees ? For arts ?

All slogans with no substance . So sad

We should pay for these programs the same way that the Europeans do.

Western Europe was ravaged by WW2, while the USA benefited economically from it, yet now they have a higher standard of living and healthier people than we do, and they compete just fine economically with the USA.

9

 Jul 18, 2017 at 12:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Democrats are not powered by any real ideology. They are energized by their pursuit of "moral independence", "greed", "big government", and "dependency". These all emanate from their emotional side, and is devoid of intellect. That does not stop many of them from wasting our time in front of microphones and cameras, saying what sounds nice, but is a whole lot of hooey. They are so power hungry that all they are busy with today is how to trash and destroy Trump. Absolutely nothing that will better the lives of Americans. They will stay stranded in this endless loop, hopefully for a really long time. I hope that Republicans utilize that time to accomplish a lot.

Roosevelt enacted social security, Truman recognized in spite ofjection byMRSHAl, he integrated the Armed Forces saved America from destruction by firing McArthurand nt crossing the Yalu river, Johnson enacted Medicare,

10

 Jul 18, 2017 at 01:41 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Democrats are not powered by any real ideology. They are energized by their pursuit of "moral independence", "greed", "big government", and "dependency". These all emanate from their emotional side, and is devoid of intellect. That does not stop many of them from wasting our time in front of microphones and cameras, saying what sounds nice, but is a whole lot of hooey. They are so power hungry that all they are busy with today is how to trash and destroy Trump. Absolutely nothing that will better the lives of Americans. They will stay stranded in this endless loop, hopefully for a really long time. I hope that Republicans utilize that time to accomplish a lot.

They have both houses and the White House and all they can point to is a Supreme Court confirmation which Clinton, both Bushes, Obama and Reagan accomplished as well.

11

Sign-in to post a comment

Click here to sign-in.

Scroll Up
Advertisements:

Sell your scrap gold and broken jewelry and earn hard cash sell gold today!