With the 2018 mid-term elections a year away, it’s time for the Democrats to get serious. Trump’s popularity is at an historic low and the Republicans have failed to deliver on any meaningful legislation despite owning majorities in both chambers of Congress. Combine that with the historical fact that the party out of power historically has done well in the mid-terms and things start to look all sunshine and ravioli for the Democratic party, right?
Not so fast. Trump was one right about one thing – the system is rigged and it is rigged in favor of the GOP. Due to extreme (and, yes, unconstitutional) gerrymandering beyond any previous standard, the Democrats could easily win 55% of the overall vote in the House of Representatives and still not take control. In the Senate, things are even worse. Of the 34 seats up for election, 25 are currently held by Democrats including many in Red states that were won riding the coattails of Obama’s 2012 victory.
Change has to start somewhere, though, and the Democrats need to get started now. First, and foremost, they need to get out the vote. Democratic voters come out in stronger numbers in Presidential election years. That needs to change. They need to vote at every election for every level. Change needs to come at the state level to combat gerrymandering.
Most importantly, though, the Democrats need a clear, cohesive and simple message. A big part of Trump’s appeal in 2016 was a simple repeated message of better trade deals, bring back jobs, and replace Obamacare with “something terrific” – all of which would Make America Great Again. Trump’s failed on all accounts. Yet, the Democrats’ message needs to be more than just anti-Trump. It needs to be strong. Anyone remember weakly named "The Better Deal" rolled out by the Democrats a few months ago? In order to break through the daily avalanche of Trumpland news, the voice needs to be loud and clear.
Here’s our crack at it – a 5 point plan called “The Real Deal.” Why The Real Deal? It’s strong and authentic and, most importantly, can be contrasted with “The Art of the Con” pulled of by Don the Con. And, yes, that needs to be part of the message. So, here is our high level proposal for The Real Deal:
Finally, when talking about all of these points, it’s time to turn the script. Attack the most unchristian President we’ve ever had. Don the Con has pulled of the biggest con in American history. A republican House and Senate will never fully investigate all of the shady dealings and scandals of this administration. Taking control of at least one chamber could alter the course of history. The Democrats face a steep climb in 2018 but shocking results have occurred before. Just look to 2016 for the most recent example.