According to Politico, Democrats may be winning the rhetorical war against Donald Trump and the Republicans on the mainstream media airwaves, but it isn’t going to help them recapture the White House in 2020. If they want to do that, they’ll have to generate some excitement among the donors…and that’s simply not happening.
In pleas that are a far cry from the small-dollar donations that fueled the campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the Democratic National Committee is so short on financing that it is asking members to donate or raise more than $1,000 each in advance of the 2020 election cycle. Politico reports that the State Party Innovation Fund, a grant program the DNC developed to help out in local elections, is experiencing a million-dollar shortfall. Without a serious infusion of cash, it will not be able to cover the costs of its own salaries, much less help state and local Democrats get elected.
Many inside the party feel that Democrats have yet to turn the corner after Hillary Clinton’s disastrous campaign for president. “Donors small and large are so over the party,” Nebraska Democratic Chair Jane Kleeb told Politico. “Everybody thinks that some magic three-page document and some magic tagline is going to turn everything around for us.”
A lot can change in three years, of course, but that hasn’t stopped pollsters from canvassing voters to see who they might like to see challenge Donald Trump in the next election. A New Hampshire poll showed that Bernie Sanders is in the lead, with Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker rounding out the top four.
It’s hard to imagine any of these candidates defeating Trump, especially if the Democrats are as unenthusiastic as these financial numbers seem to indicate. Hell, Sanders, the frontrunner, has gone out of his way to declare himself independent of the party! What does THAT say about your party, when the most popular figure on the left won’t even call himself a Democrat? Nothing good, that’s for certain.
But the problem isn’t that the Democrats need a message – it’s that the American voters already KNOW what their message is. They’ve heard it loud and clear. They’ve heard it from the “centrists” like Hillary and from the “radicals” like Sanders and Warren. And guess what? When you dig just a little bit beneath the surface, you find that these two factions aren’t as far apart as they’d like voters to believe. It’s all socialism, to one degree or another. It’s all built on a disdain for America as it was and as it is. Surprise, surprise, that’s just not very inspiring to most Americans.
Four more years? Sure, we’ll take it.