Amid Gangbusters Economy, Democrats Struggle To Make Their Case

The Federalist | 8/1/2019 | Paulina Enck
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Democrats have been facing a challenging dilemma in their campaigns, but especially in preparation for tonight’s debates: what problems can they focus on to offer solutions? This question clearly became a challenge for the ten candidates who took the stage for the second night of the second Democratic primary debate, as Democrats’ usual talking points have become borderline useless.

Focusing on a brilliant new health care bill that would only raise taxes on the upper and middle classes while only somewhat lowering quality of care and coverage and rendering private insurance companies illegal? Polling suggests 85 percent of Americans are happy with their private insurance, and only 26 percent actually like Medicare for All.

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No worries, Democrats can instead discuss how to fix the failing economy. Wait — the economy is the best it’s been in years, with unemployment at its lowest point since 1969, and job creation on the rise? And 88 percent of Americans think the economy is in a good place? There goes those policies, as Democrats will struggle to justify a shift to socialism when trying to fix a functioning system.

When all else fails, the Democrats can return to their favorite talking point since 2016: President Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia, especially in the wake of Robert Mueller’s condemnatory testimony. Right, Mueller’s testimony did not prove to be the tool for impeachment that it was hyped up to be, but hurt the Democrats and made the entire investigation look foolish and corrupted.

Topics - Back - Burner - Population - Tentpoles

With those shiny topics forced somewhat on the back burner due to the American population downright hating the tentpoles of the Democratic Party’s current platform, you might think that all would be lost, and the candidates would be forced to adopt moderate policies, more in line with what the American people actually want. But the candidates had...
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