Need A Blue Wave? Twisting & Shouting Won’t Work
Posted: 07-15-2018 02:29 PM
‘Out of control,” “unhinged” and “downright mean.” A description of President Trump? Not this time. In recent voter interviews, these are phrases that voters across the political spectrum have used to describe the Democrats.
Some Democrats believe that this vigorous, profane resistance will charge up more voters. It doesn’t. Instead, it creates backlash, even among moderate voters.
From the point of view of voters across the country, shouting and cursing are drowning out any reasoned analysis, turning people off, and driving Trump supporters into his corner to support him regardless of his actual activities.
“The Democrats have gone from merely disliking Trump to a level of rudeness and resistance unlike anything I have ever seen. It’s really cringeworthy,” said Fred, a Republican energy-company manager from Akron, Ohio.
He added, “My wife and my sons are liberals, and even they are embarrassed at the behavior of the media and congress.”
Katie, a millennial from California and a self-described liberal, said, “I am literally freaking out because liberals are so unwilling to say anything positive about what is going on in our country. We sound biased and hysterical, and it is driving my friends away from the Democratic party.”
Added Mark, a journalism major at a Boston university, “It pains me to say this, but spin and condescension are the new code of the liberal media.”
Hearing nothing but negativity, most voters believe the liberal resistance led by the DNC, the media, and Hollywood has gone from outrage to hysteria, and from logical counterarguments to juvenile behavior and pigheadedness.
Democrats - whether on TV, in Congress, or running for office - have a choice. They can wring their hands and hope for a blue wave, or they can create and communicate an array of fresh solutions to our most difficult problems. They can shout that Trump is a pathological narcissist who needs to be impeached — or they can criticize the substance of Trump’s actions.
There has never been a time when we more badly needed thoughtful, innovative ideas and policies from our leaders and our institutions. Giving a standing ovation to DeNiro for crude f-bomb attacks may feel great but it does little to address the problems. And it’s not going to win elections for the Democrats.