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Benny

If only these yahoos would have listened sooner.

Top Democratic officials, lawmakers and strategists are openly second-guessing their party’s campaign pitch and tactics, reflecting a growing sense that Democrats have failed to coalesce around one effective message with enough time to stave off major losses in the House and possibly decisive defeats in the tightly contested Senate.

The criticisms by Democrats in the final days of the midterm elections signal mounting anxiety as Republicans hammer away with attacks over the economy and public safety. For weeks, Democrats have offered a scattershot case of their own, accusing their opponents of wanting to gut abortion rights, shred the social safety net and shake the foundations of American democracy.

Yet as the country struggles with high gas prices, record inflation and economic uncertainty, some Democrats now acknowledge that their kitchen-sink approach may be lacking.

Even among the kibitzing chorus, there’s little agreement over exactly what could cost the party control of Congress. In areas where victory depends on high Black voter turnout, Democrats worry that they are not mobilizing that constituency. Others say there has been too much focus on abortion rights and too little attention on worries about crime or the cost of living. And across the country, Democrats point to an inadequate economic message and an inability to effectively herald their legislative accomplishments.

“The truth is, Democrats have done a poor job of communicating our approach to the economy,” said Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat from Michigan who is in one of this year’s most competitive races. “I have no idea if I’m going to win my election — it’s going to be a nail biter. But if you can’t speak directly to people’s pocketbook and talk about our vision for the economy, you’re just having half a conversation.”

Ms. Slotkin is far from alone in her criticism.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has sounded alarm bells that Democrats are struggling to motivate working-class voters. Former President Barack Obama, who is traveling the country to campaign in some of the tightest races for Senate and governor, urged Democrats not to be “a buzz kill” by making people feel as if they were “walking on eggshells” when it came to issues like race and gender.

And several prominent Democrats have worried that their party has not fully acknowledged the pain of rising prices — or effectively pointed the finger at Republicans over the higher costs.

“If Republicans are going to attack on inflation, you should turn to them and say, ‘What the hell have you done?’ The answer is nothing,” said Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania. “And I think Democrats should talk about that more.

Asked last week whether it was too late to adopt such an approach, Mr. Casey added, “We’ve got to hustle and do it quick.”

While many of the party’s Senate candidates are outpacing President Biden’s underwater approval rating, which is below his national average in several key swing states, strategists warn that there are limits to how much candidates can defy this year’s political gravity — no matter their message.

Some Democrats believe that time has simply run out for any significant shift in strategy that could change the fundamental dynamics of the race.

In Wisconsin, the focus of the campaigns for both Senate and governor have shifted to crime after tens of millions of dollars of Republican attacks.

Only in recent weeks have Democrats tried to fight back, promoting Gov. Tony Evers’s efforts to direct funding to law enforcement agencies.

“It’s late in the game,” said David Bowen, a Democratic state assemblyman from Milwaukee. “Especially as you get bogged down into what is the proper strategy to use in some of these races.”

orlbucfan
orlbucfan

T and R x 2, jcb!! ☮️🙂👍 Happy Halloween, too!🎃🙂🎃🙂🎃 Hope you’re enjoying decent 🎃 weather. It is hot down here. 😳

Benny

Translation for those who don’t read Portuguese

The reason for my victory was the dedication of each of you. Who believed in freedom and in the possibility of recovering the country for the Brazilian people.

Benny

Translation:

I spoke today by phone with the President of the United States,
@JoeBiden
. We talked about strengthening democracy in Brazil, preserving the environment and our desire to expand cooperation between our countries

orlbucfan

I am so envious of you, Brazil. Here’s my hope for the stupid, backwards, craporate fascists wrecking my country.

Voting ends a week from today. Please let Lula be a sign for us, too.

wi64

maybe he can slow down the destruction of the Amazon? The previous idiot increased it in the name of greed..

Benny

wi64

So many corrupt business took money that they didnt use for what it was intended for-their employees, that was the real problem. These owners kept it for thier own greed.

Benny

Benny

Too little too late to send out this message. Bernie warned the WH over 2 months ago.

wi64

Keep dreaming Byedone, you already know the big oil bought off the congresscritters long ago.

Benny

I see Faiz is with him.

orlbucfan

That’s some serious good eating and drinking. 🙂

Benny

I’m still unaccustomed to Bernie eating pork. I noticed Faiz did not.

orlbucfan

Tex-Mex has plenty of great dishes w/chicken and veggies. Plus seafood. The Latinos know how to cook. 🙂

Benny

I grew up with tex mex with chicken and hamburger beef. It was years later before I ate carnitas and cabrito.

Benny

It’s no wonder Harvard was ready to toss Summers out.

orlbucfan

Classic example of a Swiftian yahoo. 🙁

Benny

orlbucfan

Well, well, well, you mean there’s no GOPuke red tsunami in Texas?? Really? According to the craporate media, it’s everywhere. Sure it is. How about running some real democrats for a change? Huh? No way? F@@@ you and the slime mold you slithered in on, PTBs!

Benny

well, there’s greg cesar and Michelle Valljo.

orlbucfan

True dat, Ms. Benny. Hopefully, both and Beto will win. THAT would put a serious crimp in the Powell Memo FRightnuts’ sails.