Democrats are finally starting to realize their efforts to scare the American people by saying the word Russia, again and again, is not working.
“We can’t just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren’t really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn,” Democrat Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said when he appeared on MSNBC Thursday. “They’re trying to figure out how they’re going to make the mortgage payment, how they’re going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like.
“And if we don’t talk more about their interest than we do about how we’re so angry with Donald Trump and everything that’s going on,” he said, “then we’re never going to be able to win elections.”
The Democrats are reeling from yet another election loss, this time in Georgia where Republican Rep. Karen Handel bested Democrat favorite Jon Ossoff, and now they think a change of strategy is needed.
“I did a 22-county tour. … Nobody’s focusing on that. That’s not to say that they don’t think Russia and those things are important, [but] it’s certainly not top on their minds,” Democrat Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, who is running for governor in 2018, said, according to The Hill.
Democrat Vermont Rep. Peter Welch agreed, saying his constituents are more concerned about health care and Washington dysfunction.
“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,“ he said, according to The Hill.
“We’re much better off if we just do the hard work of coming up with an agenda. Talking about Trump and Russia doesn’t create an agenda.”
Democrat Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright concurred.
“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,” he said.
“I don’t think anybody wants to give a pass to illegal or unethical activity,” he said. “But in life we all have priorities, and the first priority for my constituents is to their families — as it should be.”
Democrats have harped on Russia and efforts to impeach President Donald Trump from before he was inaugurated.
Rep. Maxine Waters has been particularly unhinged, telling a popular magazine that she is “out to get” the President, called the president and his cabinet “a bunch of scumbags” and even accused Rep. Jason Chaffetz of having ties to Russia.
That rhetoric might help fundraising efforts but it has done nothing to help Democrats win elections.
“As much as I think people in Washington tend to focus on the issues of Russia, and the president and the Republicans’ inability to get much of anything accomplished, … we need to focus on the local issues,” New York Democrat Rep. Joseph Crowley told The Hill.
A recent Harvard-Harris poll showed that 58 percent of voters are concerned that the president may have had business dealings with Russia but, it said, 73 percent are concerned that the Russia obsession is preventing Congress from doing its business.
“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,” the poll’s co-creator, Mark Penn, said.
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