Former Democratic National Committee interim chairman Donna Brazile is among those Democrats who think the party is making a big mistake if they turn the midterms into a referendum on the impeachment of Donald Trump.
In an interview with CBN, Brazile said it was up to Democrats to come up with a proactive message that will reach voters beyond the party’s already-convinced tent, not just one that gets the #Resistance fired up about kicking the president out of office. In fact, she said, heading out on the campaign trail to tell voters how badly they screwed up by electing Trump could be exactly what it takes to make sure Republicans retain control of Congress.
“In terms of a message,” she said, “impeaching a president is not a message that will resonate beyond the base of the party. We need to have a message that resonates beyond the base, to the middle, to independents and others who will make the difference in this election cycle.
“We can no longer just go out there and say, ‘He’s a bad guy. She’s a bad girl,’” Brazile continued. “We have to talk about issues that resonate with the American people, whether it’s kitchen table issues, jobs, you know, how do we rebuild our infrastructure. The American people want to hear solutions. They don’t want to hear gratuitous attacks on each other. And I think we missed that moment in 2016.”
Brazile hasn’t exactly made a lot of friends in DemocratWorld since that election; her book unveiled the real story behind Hillary Clinton’s takeover of the Democratic National Committee, and she has been one of the few left-wing figures skeptical of the official story about Russians hacking into the DNC’s emails. But on this subject, Brazile and the Democratic Party leadership seem to be in chorus.
At a Politico event on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that campaigning on impeachment or pushing it on the House floor was a “distraction” from the economic issues that Democrats should be pushing.
“Unless you have bipartisan consensus, impeachment is a divisive issue in the country,” Pelosi said. “Many people would think it’s being done for political reasons.”
At the same time, you can’t really blame the left-wing base if they’re feeling a little bit confused by the message. On the one hand, people like Pelosi have been telling us that Trump is the worst president of all time – a racist, sexist monster who colluded with an evil foreign power to steal the election away from the rightful winner. On the other, they’re saying, Nah, he’s fine, let’s talk about the economy.
These Democrats want to win so bad in November. We’re just not sure they have the slightest idea how to do it.