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Democrats urge leaders to stop focusing so much on Russia

June 24, 2017

  The strategy of the Democratic leaders is fairly obvious: push the Russia narrative to discredit Donald Trump and to slow down his agenda. If they happen to get charges brought against anyone in the Trump administration it will be a plus but it is not the main goal.

  While the Democratic leaders and the mainstream media have been focusing solely on the Russia collusion/hacking scandal the good of the American people has been put on hold. With the exception of the alt-left most people do not really care about this, or rather I should say they might care about this but are more concerned with making ends meet and they feel as if they have been forgotten by leaders who are more interested in scoring political points heading into the next election.

  This has not been lost on the rank-and-file Democrats who are meeting with their constituents and some of them are now urging the Democratic leadership to talk less about Russia and more about the issues the people care about. Here is more:

Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia.

Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes into the Trump administration’s potential ties to Moscow, taking every opportunity to highlight the saga and forcing floor votes designed to uncover any business dealings the president might have with Russian figures. 

But rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare.

And here is more:

In the wake of a string of special-election defeats, an increasing number of Democrats are calling for an adjustment in party messaging, one that swings the focus from Russia to the economy. The outcome of the 2018 elections, they say, hinges on how well the Democrats manage that shift. 

“We can’t just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren’t really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told MSNBC Thursday. “They’re trying to figure out how they’re going to make the mortgage payment, how they’re going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like.  

“And if we don’t talk more about their interest than we do about how we’re so angry with Donald Trump and everything that’s going on,” he added, “then we’re never going to be able to win elections.”

More still:

Ryan is among the small group of Democrats who are sounding calls for a changing of the guard atop the party’s leadership hierarchy following Tuesday’s special election defeat in Georgia — the Democrats’ fourth loss since Trump took office. But Ryan is hardly alone in urging party leaders to hone their 2018 message. 

Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) has been paying particularly close attention to voters’ concerns because he’s running for governor in 2018. The Russia-Trump investigation, he said, isn’t on their radar.

“I did a 22-county tour. … Nobody’s focusing on that,” Walz said. “That’s not to say that they don’t think Russia and those things are important, [but] it’s certainly not top on their minds.”

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) delivered a similar message, saying his constituents are most concerned with two things: dysfunction in Washington and the Republicans’ plans to repeal ObamaCare. The controversies surrounding Trump, he said, don’t tally. 

“We should be focused relentlessly on economic improvement [and] we should stay away from just piling on the criticism of Trump, whether it’s about Russia, whether it’s about Comey. Because that has its own independent dynamic, it’s going to happen on its own without us piling on,“ Welch said. 

“We’re much better off if we just do the hard work of coming up with an agenda. Talking about Trump and Russia doesn’t create an agenda.” 

  Welch is 100% right; the Democrats do not have an agenda at this point other than discrediting the election and explaining away an election loss they never should have experienced. While they feel this may be a winning strategy it seems as though the voters are not as enamored with this strategy as they are. The Democratic leadership has been consumed by envy…

  The Democratic leadership has become so blinded with hatred towards Donald Trump that they are no longer thinking straight and  as such are ignoring the issues the American people care about. It is time for the Democratic leaders to focus on the issues instead of positioning themselves for the next election. However at this point it is hard to see them changing their focus because “where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” (James 3:16 KJV)

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2017 8:26 pm

    Regardless of the agenda, they are forcing this to be investigated. Otherwise, the Republicans would have just swept it under the rug. Oh well, I guess the only time when conservatives care about national security is when it makes their guy look good and those “others” look bad.


  2. June 25, 2017 1:08 am

    All elections are local. The candidate that can connect with the local electorate should win. The D’s say they should talk about the economy. OK, but what specifly do they want to change? The $15 hour wage issue is blowing up on them as more companies go out of business or switch to automation. Crony capitalism – taxpayer money handed over to few select friends isn’t working either. Would they advocate tax reform?, welfare reform?, a national right to work law? Antitrust legislation against big pharma and the financial industry? and so on… naah they can’t reform themselves.

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    • June 25, 2017 6:30 am

      And because of this they are forced into this distraction of Russia. People might be starting to catch on, I just saw a Harvard poll which said 3
      2/3 of the American people think this investigation is bad for the country.


  3. June 25, 2017 5:41 am

    I have wondered why the GOP seems so interested in bringing down Pelosi. As Newt and Trump have said, they hope she stays there for another ten years. But now it looks, even if they take her out, they will only spin more left.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 25, 2017 6:23 am

      Stupid is as stupid does. Since communism has worked so well the D’s want to try in the US. By moving to the left they will create a political vacuum in the center. This will be the opening for a more ceterist aligned party. Good luck Democrats!

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    • June 25, 2017 6:31 am

      I would like to see he stay around because I am enjoying her public meltdown.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. June 25, 2017 6:26 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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  5. June 25, 2017 11:41 am

    Fiendish minded: perversely diabolical took a fiendish pleasure in hurting people
    2: extremely cruel or wicked

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