Kicking And Screaming: Democrats Don’t See How To Beat Trump On The Economy

While Democrats in Congress are optimistic about their chances in the congressional elections which are just around the corner, they are completely unsure how to derail the Trump train ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

According to recent polling data, the economy is the number one issue for Americans – and Trump is handling the economy very well.

Earlier this month, a CNN poll showed that 57 percent of those surveyed like the trajectory of the country. That is an eight point jump from the 49 percent who said so in February. A recent CBS poll showed 66 percent of those polled believe the economy is doing well under Trump’s leadership.

As the Hill reports, some people on the Left think Trump has a Midas Touch when it comes to the economy and he simply can’t be beat:

Democrats are growing worried that the strong economy, and President Trump’s messaging about his economic stewardship, will help Republicans in this year’s midterm elections and have an even greater impact in 2020.

Even as signs point to Democrats winning back the House, the party is concerned that their hopes of a blue wave could turn into something smaller if Trump and the GOP are effective on their economic messaging ahead of November.

The unemployment rate, which fell under former President Obama, has dropped even further since Trump took office. In April, it hit 3.9 percent, the lowest figure since December 2000.

And, as for the messaging, they say that Trump and his campaign have much more to boast than Democrats can. Some members are even worried they are left unable to offer a counter-argument.

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“We need to offer a positive alternative,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said, per Business Insider. “You can’t be something with nothing.”

“It’s a very big concern,” the pollster added, as the Hill reports. “The economy is the No. 1 issue out there for people and right now Trump has a very aggressive economic message that seems to cross traditional party lines to voters.”

“We tend to just assume that people will view us as better on this issue and they don’t, and you can’t win elections when you’re behind on the economy,” she also said. “To produce a real blue wave, you need to have an economic message.”

Here’s more, from the Hill:

Basil Smikle, a Democratic strategist who served as the executive director of the New York State Democratic Party, also said Democrats are losing the messaging war when it comes to the economy.

“The problem is, we could say the auto industry is still alive because of President Obama, unemployment went down during the Obama administration, we can say that businesses were doing better and hiring more [under Obama]. All of that is true,” Smikle said.

“But the Republicans have spent so much time saying that Obama was to blame, it’s going to be hard going back to rehash that argument,” Smikle said. “We’ve been playing defense for so long we haven’t had a cohesive message that is about big ideas and getting people to believe in these ideas again.”

“Democrats right now, we’re going up to bat and we’re not even looking to hit,” Democratic strategist Chris Lehane said about the Democrat strategy in the upcoming elections. “We’re hoping to get hit by the pitcher so we can walk to first base.”

“Our biggest challenge in the midterms is you’re going to have a waterline on the economy and unless you’re able to articulate a theory of the case, you’re going to be dependent on where that waterline is,” Lehane also said, per the Hill.

That “nothing” seems to be having an affect on the polls too, as Washington Examiner reports:

Enthusiasm for Democrats in the upcoming fall elections appears to be waning, especially among younger and black voters, as confidence in President Trump’s handling of the economy and national security firms up, according to a new national survey.

The latest Zogby Analytics polls, provided to Secrets, revealed that the public trusts Trump more on the economy and national security, a finding that is likely to increase his value on the campaign trail for Republicans.

When asked “Who do you trust more?” on the economy, it was Trump over Democrats 41 percent to 35 percent, and on national security the president again led, 40 percent to 38 percent.

Added to the poll’s other findings that support for Democrats is down among millennials, blacks, and so-called Walmart and NASCAR voters, it would appear that Trump is back in favor among voters and that the ballyhooed “Blue Wave” is dissipating.

And:

The poll is the latest to suggest that Democrats are not on their way to a House and Senate rout. It indicates that since January, enthusiasm has tempered for the Democrats.

But the poll, and another on Trump’s approval numbers, do not show a big boost for Trump. He remains at an approval rate of just 46 percent and he has a “see-saw” relationship with elements of his base that he needs to secure, said the poll.

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