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Democrats Have a New Midterm Strategy – Ignore Trump

Democrats Have a New Midterm Strategy – Ignore Trump

“Good luck with that.”

It seems like every few weeks, the Democrats roll out some new strategy or slogan which is intended to help them with the 2018 midterms. The newest one is completely doomed to fail. They’re going to try to ignore Trump and not talk about him at all. This should end well.

Alex Roarty reports at McClatchy:

Democrats’ fall strategy: Stop talking Trump

Democrats are making a bet that with the help of a wave of TV and digital ads they can finally make the upcoming election about health care and taxes.

They just need to hope voters will tune out Donald Trump long enough to listen.

Since the president’s election, Democratic Party leaders have vowed to emphasize pocketbook issues, convinced that an economic focus was necessary to win over the most voters in November. But Trump has made it difficult, using his bully pulpit — and the all-consuming attention he commands in the media — to compel Democrats to discuss anything but the economy, from kneeling NFL players to special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation.

Now, however, Democrats say the election gives their candidates and allied groups a chance to force the conversation back to economic issues by paying for messages delivered directly to voters.

“What Democrats need to do, because Trump is all encompassing on cable news and earned media, is continue to talk about consequences of health care and the tax bill,” said Patrick McHugh, executive director of the Democratic-aligned Super PAC Priorities USA. “And you’re seeing that already.”…

But regardless, Democrats say they need to avoid Trump and focus on economic issues to reach the most voters — including their own base. McHugh said many Democratic voters need to believe their party can help them in tangible ways, citing the positive, education-focused message then-Democratic candidate Doug Jones used to help pull off an upset in the Alabama special Senate election last year.

Trump has been living rent free in their heads since election day, they obsess over him constantly, but now a couple months before the elections, they’re going to ignore him and focus on other messaging?

Jazz Shaw of Hot Air sums it up nicely:

Stop talking about Trump? Good luck with that. If you’re a Democrat looking for some earned media you can take a call from the New York Times or sit down on the set at CNN or MSNBC fully prepared to talk about these pocketbook issues. And what will the reporter or news anchor ask you about?

Trump’s latest tweet, rally, allegedly offensive comment or scandal story. And if you don’t give them the incendiary answer they’re looking for they’ll keep on asking. The latest story of the doorman is probably just the beginning of a series of Tales from the National Enquirer Crypt.

The liberal media, which is essentially the propaganda arm of the Democratic party, won’t last a day with this new strategy. Especially now that they think they’ve finally “got” him.

The folks at Newsbusters compiled a video of people at CNN and MSNBC using the word impeachment over and over on a single day last week. Watch:

The left couldn’t ignore Trump if they tried. They think about him more than his strongest supporters do.


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caseoftheblues | August 26, 2018 at 10:49 am

So they are going to focus on their plans to raise taxes and keep increasing the cost of healthcare while decreasing access and quality….ok sounds good

What are the unemployment numbers and job creation numbers right now, as opposed to, say, in 2008 to 2016? Right. Got it. Let’s make that an issue.

I don’t know about anyone else, but my employer put more money in my pocket after the tax cuts and my 401k is looking a lot better these days since the market is doing well.

The D’rats might possibly have the party discipline to stick to whatever silly plan the Central Committee devises, but the Press certainly doesn’t. They’ll continue to orbit Trump like moths flapping around a candle. They can’t help it.

    Matt_SE in reply to tom_swift. | August 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Their supporters certainly don’t have the discipline. They’ve been conditioned to throw self-restraint to the winds. They remind me of Middle Eastern women at a funeral: wailing, flogging themselves, and pulling their hair out.

    The supporters NEED their emotional dopamine hit. They’ll start going into withdrawals without it. And of course, goading them into discussing it will be the easiest thing in the world.

    Like setting a bottle of Jack Daniels down on the table in an AA meeting and then walking away.

Connivin Caniff | August 26, 2018 at 11:42 am

Although I love the term “D’rats”, let’s call these horrible people what they really are: Bolsheviks. And I assure you, they are every bit as power hungry, ruthless and heartless as the original Bolsheviks. The Republicans should make and prove that ugly fact as a key part of their national message in the coming election.

Antifundamentalist | August 26, 2018 at 12:03 pm

So, their strategy is to continue to make stuff up, but now they are going to leave Trump out of their narrative? Okay. Can’t hurt I suppose.

Then why is the smell of impeachment in the air?

If there is a blue wave coming, why do they have to change their strategy?

Trump is retaking his role as the underdog.

I can see it now: “The president who must not be named.”
Then they’ll throw a pinch of salt over their shoulders and turn around three times.

They’re going to try to ignore Trump and not talk about him at all.

They never have talked about him. What they have done is rant, rave, and screech.

Oh, and bitch.

Eastwood Ravine | August 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm

To paraphrase Rush Limbaugh, Trump lives in their collective mind 24/7. They couldnt

    Eastwood Ravine in reply to Eastwood Ravine. | August 26, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    ignore them if they tried.

    * Sorry, had a posting error.

    MajorWood in reply to Eastwood Ravine. | August 26, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    And he lives there rent-free. The one thing that the Left hasn’t considered is that they have no platform other than “we hate Trump.”

    Of course, this will now be Occasionally-Conscious’ cue to start talking about Trump, and not making extravegant promises, since she is 180 degrees out of sync with the party.

This is hilarious: destroy him by paying attention to him – if that doesn’t work, destroy him by ignoring him. If that doesn’t work, destroy him by half paying attention to him, and half ignoring him. If that doesn’t work…

But above all, keep Sessions in AG. He’s the left’s biggest card, and the right’s biggest rat.

I thought they already don’t talk about him, in the sense that anything good that might be attributed to Trump they don’t talk about.

Someone much wiser than I said: You can’t beat something with nothing. It will take more than I don’t like Trump, Trump is a bad man. He likes good looking women. Most of his faults have been discounted and taken into consideration. If the vote was for scout leader, or some sort of moral leadership, the candidate would be different. By the way, Hillary is not a nice person and likes good looking women also, Hmm? Wonder what went wrong?!?

They need to talk up Mike Pence…because that’s what they would be getting after they impeach (and remove) the President.

More details on the Democrat impeachment strategy can be found at and

    randian in reply to Virgo. | August 28, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Why bother talking about Pence? If they can remove Trump they can immediately turn around and remove Pence.