Washington Post columnist and CNN contributor Catherine Rampell declared that Democrats are “drowning in denial” as they appear to “be heading toward painful losses” on Election Day, Fox News reports.
From Fox News:
Rampell…penned the scathing piece that puts a spotlight on the possibility that Democrats will lose “one if not both houses of Congress.” She wrote that many pundits will make excuses, such as the party in the White House historically losing seats in the midterms, gas prices being up, media setting expectations too low for Republicans, voter intimidation, the GOP “playing dirty” and even cast blame on social media platforms.
“None of these theories is wrong, exactly. But if Democrats do some soul-searching, as a growing chorus of loyal allies is urging, they might come upon another reason for their weakness this cycle,” Rampell wrote.
“For nearly two years, Democratic leadership has often pushed aside politically inconvenient developments rather than facing them head-on. They have often told themselves stories they want to believe instead of stories that are true — and that might motivate them to change their messaging or policy direction,” she continued. “Inflation offers one illustrative example.”
“First, they declared the problem was exaggerated, if not wholly invented, by the media — both mainstream and, especially, right-wing — despite some internal Democratic polling suggesting inflation was a growing worry among voters. Democrats also told themselves that lower-income households were benefiting from progressive decisions to keep stimulating an already-‘hot’ economy, and were therefore insulated from inflation. (This turned out not to be correct.) Some progressive commentators even mocked news stories about struggling families,” Rampell wrote.
“Meanwhile, any non-right-wing experts who warned early on that inflation could become a serious problem were accused of being cranks, attention-seeking contrarians or, sometimes, even traitors,” she continued. “Eventually, Democrats pivoted to accepting that inflation was persistent, and painful, but then they demagogued about its causes.”
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