Report: Democrats Worried They Have No Real Message Ahead of Midterms
Democrats are “sounding growing alarms” a week ahead of the midterm election that they have no “real message” besides being against President Trump, according to a report.
The Hill‘s Mike Lillis and Amie Parnes report:
Democrats are sounding growing alarms in the final push before the midterm elections that the party lacks the message it needs to combat President Trump and win back Democratic majorities in Congress. Some of the comments are positively biting, and illustrate that nerves are on edge less than two weeks before Election Day
‘We haven’t had a real message since the last presidential election so why change it now?’ said Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis. ‘We had no message in 2016. We had no message in between. We have no message going into this election…You have to give people a reason to vote for you, not a reason to vote against someone else.’
Kofinis added: “In terms of a Democratic Party having even a semblance of a message, it’s just not there and that’s the reason this election is going to be unpredictable… . Nobody should be surprised if it’s a good night or a bad night.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who orchestrated the Democrats’ taking of the House in 2006 as former head of the Democratic House campaign arm, said back in 2006, Democrats had a clear message.
“It’s a little late now to do now,” he told CNN last week. “I don’t want to say we did everything right in ’06, but we had a ‘Six in ’06’ [agenda], a set of ideals that are very clear.”They also hint at the fights that will take place if Democrats underperform and fail to at least win back the House majority, which would count as a significant disappointment at this stage.
Democrats still think they have a good chance of retaking the House, since their voting base is “fired up to send a message to Trump,” but recognize the path to taking the Senate “has largely disappeared,” and Trump has started to fire up the Republican base.
Trump’s campaign last week announced that the president will host at least ten campaign rallies before election day next Tuesday.
Character actor James Cromwell was honored at the fourth annual Carney Awards, where he used his platform to call for change in the United States and warn of violence if President Trump and his allies remain in office.
Cromwell, a noted character actor known for roles in projects such as “Babe,” “The Green Mile,” “Big Hero 6,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “American Horror Story,” is also a political activist who has worked with organizations such as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He’s frequently been arrested for his role in planned, peaceful protests at places like SeaWorld and a nuclear power plant in New York.
Speaking to Variety at the event, he warned of the turn that he sees America taking and cautioned there will be “blood in the streets” if Republicans remain in control.