Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) morning email thingie has the breaking news that the Dims are bad at messaging:
DEMS’ MIDTERM WARNING — DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) delivered a blunt warning to a group of frontliners last week: If the midterms were held now, Democrats would lose the House.
That warning was based off a troubling new poll for House Dems, which showed the party behind **6 points** in a generic poll of key battleground districts, as Sarah & Heather scooped. The same survey showed only 42 percent of people trusted Dems on the economy, despite the popularity of Biden agenda items like infrastructure.
After (at least) two Great Recessions directly caused by Republican malfeasance, the public still thinks that the GQP is better with the economy. And after Democrats come in. and fix it. Jeebus, we are a nation of morons. But I interrupted. Do continue, TBotP.
Maloney and his advisors insist it’s not over yet. They are pushing Dems toward a major messaging reboot — particularly about the economy — in hopes of shielding their majority.
“Here’s the good news: Everything we are doing and everything we’ve talked about doing is incredibly popular,” Tim Persico, the DCCC’s executive director said. But he said Maloney wanted to make sure that members “understand the stakes” and “get in action.”
The DCCC is saying in their usual bad messaging way, “Get out there and eff’ing brag.”
It’s not just the DCCC chief: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who co-leads caucus messaging, gave a wake-up call to another group of fellow Democrats last week, telling colleagues that the party needed to better explain what Democrats have been doing to help the Covid-ravaged economy. “We’re not breaking through,” Dingell said at last week’s whips meeting.
“Get out there and eff’ing brag.”
A warning to the GOP, though: The DCCC’s survey also revealed serious weak spots for GOP candidates, including extremism tied to Jan. 6 and vaccines. Close to 60 percent of battleground voters said they have serious doubts about GOP lawmakers after hearing that those members “helped spread Trump’s lie about the election” and are “spreading lies about the COVID vaccine.” Sarah and Heather have more here: https://politi.co/3fwugAi
You know how the Republicans shamelessly show up with the giant novelty checks to claim credit for the bills that not even one of them voted for? They eff’ing bragged, claimed credit, got the photo in the paper. And lo! They are better at the economy than us is the perception.
Republican do not show up with sincere and earnest 142-slide Powerpoint decks, jammed full of charts. Dems need to show up and brag. Loudly brag, and strut. Remind voters that not even one Republican voted for the relief that their constituents are getting.
Did I mention, get out there and eff’ing brag?