Democratic consultants want the Democratic Party to know that it desperately needs to spend more money on consultants.
That seems like the main takeaway from Edward-Isaac Dovere’s new story in Politico on how “Teflon Don confounds Democrats”:
Democrats tried attacking Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency. They’ve made the case that he’s ineffective, pointing to his failure to sign a single major piece of legislation into law after eight months in the job.
They’ve argued that Trump is using the presidency to enrich himself, and that his campaign was in cahoots with Russia.
None of it is working.
Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election. It suggests that Democrats are naive if they believe Trump’s historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming.
Now, it’s certainly true that Democrats aren’t assured of a 2018 landslide. At present, respected models predict that Republican gerrymandering will save Paul Ryan’s majority. And Dovere’s piece highlights several interesting — and plausible — findings from Democratic research on the views of (white, working- or middle-class) swing voters. To name a few:
• Free public college landed with a thud in polling of 52 purple House districts, as the policy “fosters both resentment at ivory tower elitism and regret from people who have degrees but are now…
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