Accuracy in Media

Writers on The Washington Post’s editorial board may not be fans of Donald Trump, but they aren’t too crazy about the Democrats’ latest plan to win back voters either.

The Post gave Democrats credit for rolling out a new package aimed at what they called the “struggling middle class,” but it questioned whether their “A Better Deal” offers a clear enough message as to how they will fix the economy.

The Post said that even though the economy isn’t booming, it is performing well in many areas and faces the same threats and complex challenges as other developed economies, which makes the Democrats’ task even harder.

Even allowing for the degree of difficulty, however, the Democratic response, as sketched so far, is less than compelling: Its declared premise, that the economy is “rigged” against middle-class people, has a basis in the reality of Washington special-interest politics but seems better calculated to placate the party’s ascendant left wing than to start a serious policy conversation. American capitalism needs reform, not delegitimization.

The Post also noted that trade and tax reform—issues Trump has spoken about repeatedly, were noticeably absent from the Democrats’ new message, which the paper chalked up to the split within the party on those issues between the establishment and the left-wingers, which meant it was not as comprehensive as it could have or should have been.

As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said over the weekend about why the Democrats lost the election in 2016: So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”

The new Democratic message probably won’t help much as voters are more likely to think of Papa Johns pizza—“better ingredients, better pizza,” rather than a better America under their rule.

 





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Comments

  • Bryan Herring

    It was Obamaism, more than Clintonism or Pelosism, that elected Donald Trump and gave the GOP both houses of congress. The former president’s coercive liberalism at home and appeasement abroad led to the greatest upset in American politics.

    His two biggest achievements, ObamaCare and the Iran nuclear deal, were sold on the backs of lies. President Trump is Obama’s legacy.

    And now Dear Leader wants to “help” Dems again. Let’s see how many Clinton and Pelosi critics have the courage to tell him “No, thanks, you’ve done enough.”

  • Marshall Goodman

    Democrats were acting stupidly enough with the party’s reversion to the 1960s and ’70s Watergate mentality; now they are going from dumb to dumber, back to the days of FDR’s New Deal, which only revisionist history conceals from the fact it as a racist failure of a deal other than to allow more Marxists to infiltrate our government.

  • IraMad

    Lipstick on the pig seldom works.
    Do you really think Americans will be fooled by your rebranding?
    Keep up the good work!