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Confusion Reigns Over Democrats' Message As Midterm Elections Draw Nearer - Still Split

Election Day 2016 is well in the rearview mirror, but the Democratic Party is still having trouble getting on the same page. Pushing forth the most anti-Trump narrative humanly possible has not been an issue, but party leadership has yet to come up with an alternative agenda that would actually appeal to the majority of voters. Midterm elections will be here before we know it, and the clock is ticking on rectifying the situation.

As ABC News points out, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recognizes that there’s a problem in the Democrats' message.

"Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and commonsense economic agenda -- policy, platform, message that appeal to the middle class...and unite Democrats," he said during a recent interview. "I think if we come up with this strong, bold economic package, it will ... change things around. People don’t like Trump; he’s at 40 percent [approval rating.] But they say, 'What the heck do the Democrats stand for?' We better stand for something, and it can’t be baby steps."

Recognizing that there’s a problem is half the battle, but Schumer has been front and center in pushing forward the anti-Trump narrative. That plays well in the liberal echo chambers, but it does little to sway Trump supporters to give the other team a shot.

As Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the recently formed Democratic Coalition Against Trump, sees it, Democrats need to ramp up the Trump bashing even further.

"We need to be talking about impeachment constantly," he shared on social media. "If you're an elected Dem & you're not talking impeachment or 25th amendment then find a new party."

Alright. Dworkin fails to mention the grounds for impeachment, but we’ll assume he has a good grasp on the 25th amendment. Once again, this points to a flawed strategy within the Democratic party. Standing up and yelling as loud as you can about how awful the other guy is only goes so far. Voters want real solutions.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper seems to understand that better than most on the Left.

"Democrats would make a mistake if we thought pounding Trump and not having an authentic message of our own is a winning strategy," he said. "The message of Democrats has to be about issues that matter to people at their kitchen table."

Bingo. Being as anti-Trump as possible is not a platform. There were a ton of lessons offered up by the 2016 election, but Democratic party leadership seems incapable of comprehending those lessons. For all of the so-called qualifications that Hillary Clinton brought to the table, she fell to defeat partially because she didn’t have a coherent message.

Trump did. Whether you agree with that message or not is irrelevant, as he was able to sway more than enough voters to see things his way. Does it even seem possible that a Democratic candidate can do the same right about now?

The answer is no, as the party is intent on driving an even larger wedge between voters to get their point across. We’ll see how that strategy plays out in the midterms, but we’ll color ourselves less than optimistic.

Source: ABC, CBS
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