Liberal candidates across the country are using the Democratic primary season to “test” messaging and policy priorities ahead of the 2018 midterms; campaigning on issues as diverse as “gun control” and universal healthcare.
According to Yahoo News, the left-wing hopefuls are viewing the primary battle as a proving ground that could potentially swing centrist or right-leaning voters this fall; allowing them to zero-in on messaging that could help the Democrats retake control of Congress.
“Weeks into the primary season, Democrats’ midterm class is shaping up to test what liberal messages the party can sell to the moderate and GOP-leaning voters who will help determine control of the House after the November election,” writes Yahoo News.
“You have ballpark 60 districts as diverse as Kansas and Staten Island. One bumper-sticker message will be self-defeating,” added NY Rep. Steve Israel.
Democrats need to flip 23 additional seats from their GOP opponents this fall to retake control of Congress, struggling to gain ground in diverse districts across the country.
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BLUE WAVE CRASHING: Magazine Admits Democrats Are ‘BLOWING’ Midterms
The media’s over-hyped prediction of a Democratic “blue wave” this fall continued to crash and burn this week, with a prominent magazine admitting the liberal legislators are totally “blowing” the 2018 midterm elections.
The Week published an article Thursday titled, “Democrats are totally blowing it,” where the author blasts the left-wing lawmakers for acting like “simpering” dealmakers who are “barely muddling” towards an election disaster.
“Democrats should clean up in the midterms. Instead, they’re barely muddling through,” writes the author.
“Democrats, you had this. If you blow it with an inability to sustain a brawl for more than six months, rest assured: You will be replaced with other lawmakers who can,” he adds.
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CLINTON CHAOS: Ellison DODGES on Hillary's Role in 2018 MIDTERMS
Democratic National Committee Deputy Director Keith Ellison refused to answer questions surrounding Hillary Clinton’s role in the 2018 midterm elections Monday; deflecting the issue and saying the liberal message is more than “one person’s comments.”
“Republicans think Hillary Clinton is going to be a weapon for them because of those comments she made a few weeks ago about Trump areas in the country being backward-looking,” said MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki.
“The road to a House majority goes through some places that Donald Trump won. Those comments from Hillary Clinton, are they going to hurt you at all?” he asked.
“We’re going to focus on working-class, kitchen-table issues,” deflected Ellison. “People want to talk about pensions, wages, people want to know if they get a job will they get a livable wage?”
“I take the point, but the Republicans are saying your message is going to be undercut because of [Hillary’s comments.] Is that going to hurt you? Do you want her out there campaigning for Democrats?” he pressed.
“I don’t think one comment that one person makes is the issue. People want to know: What are you doing for us?” said Ellison.
Watch Ellison’s remarks above.