In the campaign to unseat Republican congressman John Faso in Upstate New York this coming November there already are negative ads attacking Faso that have been placed on the radio by liberal groups including labor unions. At last count eight Democrats have lined up to challenge Faso.
This is going to be replicated all over the nation since Democrats are famous for negativity. They have used it for decades. Just look at how Democrats and their media cronies have treated a duly elected president since November 9, 2016. It is shocking and appalling and it is going to reach a crescendo by November 6, 2018 like we have never seen before.
But if you look at the 2016 election you will see that it didn’t work. The Fake News media, Democrats and Hillary Clinton ran totally negative campaigns against candidate Trump. They called him every name in the book but then offered little that was positive about their own agendas. Trump went on to win a landslide victory with 57% of the electoral votes.
Candidate Trump wisely played both sides. He certainly was critical of Obama policies and of Hillary Clinton, which any candidate must do – highlight the negative aspects of his/her opponent – but he also offered a clear and positive agenda for what he planned to do. This won him the White House.
Would you rather hear a candidate say, “My opponent is a bum! Vote for me!” or would you rather hear “I will create millions of jobs and enforce the law!” Which is more appealing? It is obvious. Even Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, was positive in nature.
Even Willie Brown, a liberal icon and former mayor of San Francisco writes:
It’s time for the Democrats to stop bashing President Trump.
It’s not going to be easy, given his policies and personality. It might even mean checking into a 12-step program. But setting a winning agenda is like maneuvering an aircraft carrier. It takes time to change course. And if they want to be on target for the November midterm elections, the Democrats need to start changing course now.
Like it or not, a significant number of Americans are actually happy these days. They are making money. They feel safe, and they agree with with the president’s protectionist trade policies, his call for more American jobs, even his immigration stance.
The jobs growth reports, the North Korea summit and the steady economy are beating out the Stormy Daniels scandal and the Robert Mueller investigation in Middle America, hands down.
So you are not going to win back the House by making it all about (Trump).
For decades Democrats have accused Republicans of using negative tactics. But it is the Democrats themselves who have consistently used the most negative tactics of all even when Republicans have not.
For instance, any Republican criticism of Obama was called “racist” by Democrats. Thus Democrats responded to a perfectly legitimate tactic – criticism of a Democrat president by Republicans – with a negative response, i.e., the charge of racism. See how it works? In other words Democrats will use any excuse possible to go negative.
Now they are planning to defame every Republican candidate in the upcoming elections and link them to president Trump and the NRA. They think that it is a winning strategy. They are going crazy on every issue and thinking that everyone agrees with them. One New Mexico Democrat candidate even says “f*** the NRA” in a campaign ad.
Look at the horrendous attacks by a ‘comedian’ named Samantha Bee against Ivanka Trump calling her a disgusting feminine slur. And Bee is being supported by major figures on the left. Imagine if a conservative attacked a feminist in such a brazen way and then other conservatives piled on in the attack. We conservatives would be permanently smeared by the liberals.
Meanwhile the Democrats did a weeks-long assault on Fox News’ Laura Ingraham for merely telling gun-control activist David Hogg to stop whining that he hadn’t got into the colleges he wanted.
This war on Republicans started with president Nixon and continues to the present day. Who could forget the unyielding media malice rained down on vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008. Or on George W. Bush throughout his time in the White House. Or on Ronald Reagan. Look at the vicious attacks on a White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Democrats should be ashamed but they never are because bad people have no shame.
The stuff coming out of Hollywood is way over the top. Play-actor Robert De Niro has called the president “a dog,” “a pig,” “a con,” “a bulls—t artist … who doesn’t know what he’s talking about” and “an idiot”. The rest of the Hollywood goons are just as angry.
This type of language is intended to incite the crazy ‘base’ voters of the Democrat party while more rational souls are increasingly turned off. And while we conservatives were certainly critical of Obama we did not go nuts over him every minute of every day. Our criticisms of Obama were extremely mild in comparison.
This is the biggest danger for Democrats. They cannot rein in every kook that runs in an election and you can be sure that many, many lunatics are running this year – like the guy in New Mexico – and think that they are going to win with these totally negative campaigns. Democrats will regret this on November 7 when they see the results.
Look at the boatloads of invective that these haters have thrown at president Trump. And despite it all the president has a 50% approval rating in the most accurate poll of all, the Rasmussen poll. If these attacks really were working the Trump approval number would be 20%.
President Trump also is certainly benefiting from a backlash of sympathy. As voters see how the president is succeeding in improving our country, and particularly the economy, they understand the attacks as being unfair and they will exhibit sympathy for the president. It is a natural reaction.
When the gunman from Illinois tried but failed to kill dozens of Republican congressmen at the baseball practice game in Virginia on June 14, 2017, it was yet another extreme example of Democrat negativity.
If a Republican had sought to kill Democrats like that it would still be a major story today. But since it was a Bernie Sanders supporter who mounted the failed attack the media let the story die as quickly as possible.
On another front, the ignoramus black Democrat congresswoman Maxine Waters goes negative every single minute of every day. She cannot stop herself since she has nothing productive or intelligent to say; since her Democrat party’s policies have failed and were voted out with president Trump; and since millions of blacks have fallen into an economic abyss under her radical agenda.
Consider the ‘special’ Alabama US Senate election in December 2017. Republican candidate Roy Moore was accused of a sexual abuse crime from 40 years ago. It was never proven. A second woman charged Moore with abuse as a young woman then presented fake evidence, a forged yearbook from 1977.
These are the types of negative tactics that Democrats have relied on for 50 years. These cases would never hold up in a court of law but they do sometimes win elections. Moore lost.
But perhaps you have noticed that Democrats are telling their candidates to stop talking about impeaching president Trump as a campaign issue. This is being said for two reasons:
*Democrats have slowly come to understand that the president is not guilty of anything impeachable, that the Mueller investigation, now more than one year old, has turned up nothing. This is reflecting particularly badly on Waters and on Democrats who have staked their national reputations on a call for impeachment.
*They realize that the focus on impeachment is a negative issue and that they need to be more positive.
But Democrats cannot be positive. Imagine Democrats promoting their own agenda by saying, “We want fewer jobs. President Trump is creating too many jobs”. Or “we oppose the lowest black unemployment rate in history under president Trump”. Or that they are disgusted that North Korea is going to dismantle its nuclear weapons after pressure from Trump.
Sorry. Their agenda has failed. We know it. They know it. They are angry. They are in a quandary about how to proceed. Their only tool left is slander, negativity and lies.
Here is an excerpt from the Real Clear Politics website showing the dilemma that Democrats face:
Democratic campaign operatives have acknowledged that running against Donald Trump and the White House controversy du jour — at the expense of more substantive policy issues — could weaken their advantages heading into November’s midterms. And complicating their case further are signs of economic improvement, including recent labor statistics showing national unemployment at a near-20-year low of 3.9 percent.
Democrats point to polling and other data to argue that — despite voters feeling better about the economy — there is still anxiety about the future and that Democratic policies would provide more financial security in the long run. Party congressional campaigns are pushing, for example, the message that the GOP tax bill gave away more to corporations than to average Americans.
But efforts to explain the party’s plan to “revisit” the tax law if elected to the House majority underscore the difficult question Democrats are trying to answer: How do you talk about the economy when the economy is good?
“Every time [Democrats] deny the economy is starting to turn or get better for certain parts of the population, they also hurt themselves,” says party strategist Hank Sheinkopf. “They appear to be cheering on bad news.”
And Democrats could face a similar challenge on recent news about Trump’s plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, seen as entirely separate issue but nevertheless one that relates to overall feelings of security. While success on that front is hypothetical at this point, opponents of the president are already trying to balance skepticism and applauding signs of progress. A CNN poll released this week, for example, found that 77 percent of Americans approve of the meeting.
That same survey found that 52 percent of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the economy, up from 48 percent in March. And 57 percent of voters said things overall are going well, up from 49 percent registered in the last poll on that question in February.
Then look at these two lines for the big payoff for Republicans:
Notably, 84 percent cited the economy an either extremely or very important factor in how they will vote in November, up from 74 percent in February. And the survey found the Democrats’ advantage on the generic ballot to be just three percentage points, down from six in March and 16 in February.
Thus 84% of voters are going to have to admit that president Trump is doing a great job on the most important issue. This number is having an increasing effect precisely as the Democrat ‘generic ballot’ advantage is shrinking. This is what is going to win for Republicans in November 2018 and for Trump in 2020.
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