Democrats face a backlash
The months long Democrat quest to find proof that the Russian government used the Trump campaign to hijack the 2016 election is starting to take a toll -- on Democrats. And at least some of them are beginning to fear that the non-stop push could backfire on the party come 2018:
Fearful of alienating voters who appear more concerned about the economy and health care, Democrats campaigning in districts across the country are de-emphasizing Russia in their rhetoric — and some are warning that a persistent focus on the Russia investigation could backfire.
“In the races where I’m working, I think voters think that Russia is important and that the questions need to get answered,” Bill Burton, a veteran Democratic consultant, said at a political convention this past weekend. “But they’re mostly sick of hearing about it, and they want to hear politicians talk about things that are more directly important in their lives.”
In a state that is critical to the party’s efforts to retake the House, Darry Sragow, a Democratic strategist whose California Target Book handicaps races in California, called Russia a “distraction” and said Democrats “are going to be in deep, deep trouble if they don’t start talking about what voters care about.”
“We need to talk about what people think about when they wake up in the morning, and it’s not Russia,” Sragow said. “The more we talk about stuff that voters don’t truly care about in their daily lives … it confirms that the Democratic Party’s brain has been eaten by the elites in Washington who have been sitting fat and happy for a lot of years while working Americans have lost their jobs and lost confidence in the future.”
National Democrats, their courtiers, and the press may think the Russia story is their savior -- that will not only bring down the Trump administration, but also restore them to power.
The hard truth is their Russian venture has so far turned out to be a snipe hunt. But they have a choice: admit the whole episode is a farce and let it drop, or push on despite the lack of evidence and further alienate their core voters.
We suspect they will be forced to carry on at some level even though there is a very real possibility the whole affair could implicate their own operatives.
Because that's what their increasingly irrational, and very loud, "progressive" wing demands.