Politico: Democrats traumatized by 2016 are having pre-midterms nightmares

On the eve of the midterms, President Donald Trump’s approval is falling, young voters are energized, and Republicans look poised to lose their House majority.

It’s enough to make Democrats nervous, miserable wrecks.

Haunted by memories of 2016, liberals around the country are riven with anxiety in the campaign’s home stretch. They’re suspicious of favorable polls and making election night contingency plans in case their worst fears come true. Some report literal nightmares about a Democratic wipeout.

“We’re kind of just in the bed-wetting phase now,” said Democratic pollster John Anzalone, a Hillary Clinton campaign alumnus who spent election night 2016 in Clinton’s Manhattan war room.

Two years later, even thinking about the prospect of a repeat of that night’s letdown is still too much for many Democrats to bear.

“Stop it!” shouted Nadeam Elshami, a former chief of staff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when asked about that possibility. To be fair, the possibility has literally haunted his dreams.

Elshami, who is now a Washington lobbyist, said that after staying up late reading campaign coverage and polls one recent night, he dreamed about watching tense House election results. His dream concluded with a Democratic House, but he doesn’t consider that a prophecy, and he said the pre-election knot in his stomach is tighter this year than ever before.

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Anzalone said the shock of Donald Trump’s upset victory, contrary to most forecasts, still hangs over many in the party. “There’s some PTSD,” he said.

That is not an exaggeration. A study published last month in the Journal of American College Health found that one quarter of college students experienced “clinically significant” symptoms of trauma from the 2016 election results.

Steve Bannon Warns GOP Must Galvanize Before Tuesday – Democrats Are Closing in on an Electoral Crisis (NEEDS GRASSROOTS DOOR TO DOOR)

In an exclusive with The Gateway Pundit, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon warned that the Democrats have an advantage ahead of the midterm elections: their hatred of President Trump.
Democratic Socialists, who are incessantly galvanized by their contempt for the president, are organized, unified and will ultimately “get rid of Trump,” if they win control of House and the Senate, Bannon explained.

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“The left has been totally energized by Trump. Here’s the reason, they got something – the ‘Time’s Up’ movement, ‘The Resistance,’ Tom Steyer’s ‘Next Generation,’ and that whole ‘Netroots Nation’ crowd – they got something about Trump before the Republican establishment did. They understood that he is trans-formative as a president and a historical figure,” he said. “He’s going to be in their lives twenty and thirty years from now. For them it’s like a kafkaesque novel – they’ve got to get ‘orange man bad.’”

To ensure conservatives become as energized as their radical leftist counterparts, Bannon directed and produced the film Trump@War which showcases the repercussions of the GOP losing the midterm elections to Democratic socialism.

“They have to get Trump out of their lives and they intend to do it on Nov. 6. This is grassroots vs. grassroots. Our base is just as strong, if not stronger. But people have to get that sense of urgency,” he said. “I use the film as a technique to fire people up.”


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