To say the Democratic Party is in a state of turmoil heading into November’s midterm elections is to make an understatement. After veteran Democratic congressman Joe Cowley lost in a stunning primary upset to Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrats in Congress tried to play it down. But then their committee chairman, Tom Perez, resounded the alarm by announcing that she is the future of the party.
With a little over a hundred days until the election, Dems are desperately in need of a unifying message. And so they have come up with one in their new campaign slogan, “For the People.” As Greg Gutfeld of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” observed yesterday, the phrase the people carries an ominous ring, as in “the People’s Republic of _____.”
But apart from that connotation, questions arise about the slogan. One of the biggies is “which people” the Democrats are for. It goes without saying that they are not for “deplorables” or bitter clingers. But can they say with a straight face that they are for the middle class when they are threatening to “repeal and replace” Donald Trump’s tax reform, which has cut taxes for 80% of Americans?
Can they say they are for black Americans, who are enjoying their lowest unemployment rate in 45 years? Many blacks now say they are “off the plantation.” recognizing that the Democrats have been all talk and no action.
The Dems may claim that they are for illegal aliens, whom they are counting on as future (and in some cases current) voters. However, according to a June poll, Trump’s approval rating among Hispanic Americans has risen ten points, to 47%.