The past six months of negative press for President Trump should provide Democrats with an opportunity to reduce Mr Trump’s electoral base, but if that opportunity exists, I don’t see Democrats taking advantage of it, not just yet anyway.
A recent Newsweek article reports that Mr Trump is floundering in the polls, with 58% of Americans disapproving of Mr Trump’s job performance. Mr Trump’s approval rating fell to 35% last March, according to the article, a result of the Republicans’ failed attempts at passing a promised repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. And with August recess around the corner for the full Congress, negative blow back from that failure should continue through the rest of the summer.
Mr Trump, the constant marketer, would argue it is not all that bad. The Hill reports that Mr Trump has polled at 50% in 17 states, although in some of those states his numbers have hovered around 40%.
And Democrats are not exactly providing any effective ammunition against Mr Trump or the Republicans. It is not enough to oppose the President. According to a CNN report this morning, only 37% of Americans think that Democrats stand for anything, while 52% of Americans believe that the only “policy” position that Democrats are taking is simply to oppose Mr Trump.
It may be time for the Democratic Party to pursue the Democrats that supported Barack Obama but turned their noses up on Hillary Clinton, gravitating toward a Republican candidate whose rhetoric spoke to their plight versus the perceived disinterest of the Clinton camp.
Specifically, the Democrats can regain some political market share in 2018 or 2020 by emphasizing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and moving away from the moniker, Obamacare; a clear, cogent, and plausible economic plan; and a populist message that creates enough of a distance from the perceived elitism of the Clinton regime.
The primary question on this page is whether there will be any benefits from the changing political marketplace that flows to the commercial market place. Right now, I see none. Republicans have produced no success on infrastructure, tax, or health insurance reform. Democrats seemed concerned only with Russia. We’ll just keep watching.