The battle cry from the left for months has been “Russia Russia Russia!”
Hillary Clinton and her acolytes trotted out every excuse in the book as to why she lost the general election, Russia being front and center.
But as voters have grown weary of the non-stop Russia hysteria pumped out by the left-wing media, a few Democrats have been forced to accept a harsh reality.
Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have finally admitted they didn’t lose the election because of Russia; they lost all on their own.
Democrats have suffered endless special election defeats, with a segment fixated on whom to blame for their 2016 loss. Two-time presidential loser Hillary Clinton has blamed almost everyone, but herself for the defeat. She blamed the FBI, Russia, former FBI Director James Comey, the media (for their attention to her email fiasco), and the Democratic National Committee.
That was the final salvo, which occurred inside the ship for Democrats; Clinton said the DNC gave her nothing, whereas the Democratic data experts said that was patently false. The former first lady had the Obama data operation; she just didn’t use it correctly. And around and around we go within the Democratic blame game orbit.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has been saying that it’s time to refocus and start taking responsibility for the 2016 loss, despite other members’ continued whine fest over the defeat, said again that Russia was not to blame for the party’s defeat. All of that rests at the feet of the Democratic Party.
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview previewing the new plan. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed, explaining in a separate interview that the new focus “is not a course correction, but it’s a presentation correction.”
But outside of Washington, some progressives worry that a focus on messaging has convinced Democrats that their policies were in no need of a rethink, while voters were crying out for more.
Many Democrats have watched with frustration for years as Republicans in Congress neatly packaged their policy proposals with catchy slogans and sleekly produced online videos fronted by younger, telegenic lawmakers crisply delivering campaign promises.
They need to flip districts that are Republican. Second, they had a bellwether test for this in Georgia’s sixth congressional district and failed. Democrat Jon Ossoff was unable to seal the deal, losing to Republican Karen Handel in most expensive House race in history. Part of the problem was the race was nationalized and Nancy Pelosi is one of the faces of the Democratic Party. Like Clinton, Pelosi animates the GOP base.
Even left-leaning think tanks have been less than optimistic on the whole notion of a Democratic takeover of the House. Also, Democrats should know that there are a dozen Democratic seats that are in areas that Trump won in 2016 as well.
As the ramp-up to the midterm elections begins, bluster about Russia won’t cut it on the campaign trail.
Americans are much more concerned about jobs than they are about what did or didn’t happen in the recesses of the Kremlin.
The Democrats have work to do because they long ago abandoned working-class Americans for large swaths of third-world immigrants who’ve kept their wages stagnant or outright took their jobs.