The Hill headlines: “Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia.”
Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia.
Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes into the Trump administration’s potential ties to Moscow, taking every opportunity to highlight the saga and forcing floor votes designed to uncover any business dealings the president might have with Russian figures.
But rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare.
This poll result seems significant, if hardly surprising:
A recent Harvard-Harris poll reveals the risks inherent for the Democrats, who are hoping to make big gains — or even win back the House — in 2018. The survey found that while 58 percent of voters said they’re concerned that Trump may have business dealings with Moscow, 73 percent said they’re worried that the ongoing investigations are preventing Congress from tackling issues more vital to them.
“While the voters have a keen interest in any Russian election interference, they are concerned that the investigations have become a distraction for the president and Congress that is hurting rather than helping the country,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn.
That is, of course, what is happening, partly by design. The Democrats want President Trump to fail, so they are trying to hamstring his administration with endless, hysterical investigations. Republicans should go about the business of governing and let the Democrats self-destruct, but they too appear to be distracted.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) delivered a similar message, saying his constituents are most concerned with two things: dysfunction in Washington and the Republicans’ plans to repeal ObamaCare. The controversies surrounding Trump, he said, don’t tally.
“We should be focused relentlessly on economic improvement [and] we should stay away from just piling on the criticism of Trump, whether it’s about Russia, whether it’s about Comey. Because that has its own independent dynamic, it’s going to happen on its own without us piling on,“ Welch said.
Why do you suppose “piling on the criticism of Trump” about Russia and Comey is “going to happen on its own” if the Democrats focus on other issues? Because the press can be counted on to do the Democrats’ dirty work for them.
One more quote from a Democrat:
“If you see me treating Russia and criticisms of the president and things like that as a secondary matter, it’s because that’s how my constituents feel about it,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.).
“I don’t think anybody wants to give a pass to illegal or unethical activity,” he added.
What illegal activity? What unethical activity? Other than the constant leaks by Democratic Party officeholders, there hasn’t been any. Has a major political party ever gone so far off the rails?