"A Better Deal" shouldn't be the worst slogan I’ve ever heard, but it’s far from the very best. The Democratic Get together has overwhelming help from the "creatives" on Madison Avenue and the marketing geniuses in Hollywood. Why are Republicans so significantly better at arising with pithy phrases that pack a punch?
It was not at all times thus. John F. Kennedy’s "New Frontier" and Lyndon Johnson’s "Great Society" had been aspirational in a reach-for-the-stars sort of means; Barack Obama’s "Yes We Can" invited People to really feel good about themselves and their collective potential. "A Better Deal" leans in the precise course, but betterness is relative. Why cede rhetorical absolutism — "Make America Great Again" — to Donald Trump, on his approach towards being remembered as the least nice president in our history?
Of course, the slogan is much less essential than the insurance policies behind it. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) acknowledged Sunday that the celebration failed last year to get a clear message across. "When you lose an election with somebody who has, say, 40 p.c reputation, you look within the mirror and say, ‘What did we do wrong?’ And the No. 1 factor that we did unsuitable is we didn’t have — we didn’t inform folks what we stood for," Schumer mentioned on ABC’s "This Week."
At a kickoff event Monday in Berryville, Va., Democratic Social gathering leaders introduced three initial coverage priorities: creating 10 million jobs over 5 years, with new apprenticeship packages and a tax credit score for employers who present on-the-job training; "cracking down on the monopolies and large company mergers that harm consumers, employees and competitors," as House Minority Chief Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) writes in a Publish op-ed; and concrete action to decrease the value of prescription medicine, an enormous think about rising health-care prices.
"A Better Deal" plays off the title of President Trump’s first and greatest-identified book, "The Art of the Deal." It is true that Trump has to this point shown himself to be one of many worst dealmakers ever to reside in the White House, unable even to get his personal party to agree on one thing it has been promising for seven years, the repeal and alternative of the Inexpensive Care Act. Additionally it is true that Trump has reneged on all of his populist promises, instead following the usual GOP sport plan of tax cuts for the rich and entitlement cuts for everybody else.
But when there is one lesson Democrats ought to have learned from 2016, it's that opposition to Trump just isn't by itself sufficient to win elections. I predict this can still be the case when the 2018 midterms roll round.
Yes, the Republican Party looks to be in bother. Trump is sowing intraparty rancor and division, not unity. The bottom has remained loyal to this point, but independents and crossover Democrats have been given no motive to stick to the GOP.
It is possible that the stars might align subsequent year to provide situations for a pro-Democratic, anti-Republican "wave" election. However that has not happened but. In the Senate, the Democratic caucus has 25 seats up for grabs next year, whereas Republicans have solely eight seats in danger. And in the Home, the GOP holds a 46-seat majority that will likely be difficult to reverse due to gerrymandering.
On the launch occasion Monday, Schumer promised "a sturdy, daring economic agenda." He pledged that "Democrats will show the nation we're the social gathering on the facet of working people."
Schumer instructed a story of getting recently gone to a Yankees recreation and sitting next to two Teamsters, both carrying "Proud to be Deplorable" T-shirts. He said the 2 men had particularly appreciated Trump’s pledge to spend $1 trillion bettering the nation’s infrastructure, together with the potholed roads over which the Teamsters need to drive. But the males now fear, Schumer stated, that Trump can be unable to ship on his promise.
Such infrastructure spending has long been a Democratic Celebration priority. However, Trump managed to speak it in a manner that Hillary Clinton did not.
I’m nonetheless waiting to listen to the "bold solutions" that Democrats promise. I can think of 1 possibility: Why not propose some model of truly universal single-payer health care?
Sure, that can be risky. However it would generate actual pleasure among the Democratic base — and also seize the eye of among the GOP’s working-class supporters. Incrementalism just isn't the reply. Democrats need to go big or go house.
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