A new poll conducted by The Washington Post shows that more than half of American citizens believe the Democratic Party only stands for opposing President Trump. This was an accusation that Democrats hurled at Republicans during President Obama’s time in office.
In the survey, pollsters asked people, “Do you think the Democratic Party currently stands for something or just stands against Trump.” It was asked to a total of 1001 random Americans who were sampled.
A total of 52 percent of the respondents said they believe the party only stands against President Trump. A total of 37 percent said they did believe the party stood for something. This took place between July 10th and July 13th, a four day period. Close to 35 percent of the respondents identified as Democrats while 23 percent identified as a Republican. However, another 35 percent identified as Independent.
Ever since President Trump has been elected the left have tried to craft a “resistance” movement in reference to the President. However, that resistance hasn’t led to much change considering the three special elections that were held were won by Republicans. And on other fronts, resistance has led to violence as seen by a far left Bernie Sanders supporter who shot up a congressional baseball practice and left four injured.
Rep. Ralph Norman won the special election for South Carolina’s 5th District replacing Mick Mulvaney. Rep. Karen Handel won Georgia’s 6th District special election replacing Tom Price. Rep. Greg Gianforte won Montana’s At-Large District’s special election replacing Ryan Zinke. Rep. Ron Estes replaced Mike Pompeo in the 4th District of Kansas. The majority of those being replaced had been appointed to various roles within the Trump administration. All of them are Republican’s. Only one, Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California’s 34th District was a Democrat.
The Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison has been helping to plan activities for the “Resistance Summer” which features large house parties. In a statement to the press, he said the following,
“The best way for Democrats to turn the #Resistance into electoral wins is by doing one thing: organizing. Resistance Summer is the starting point and will take the Democratic Party’s message of fairness and equality to activists on the front lines and all Americans looking to get engaged.”
They are looking to gain back control of the House of Representatives which they might be able to do should they be able to effectively organize their political momentum. Given how much more engaged Democrats are than Republicans in the political process this could become a reality. However, they have not been able to thus far.
Journalist Joel B. Pollak said the following about Democrats ability to get back the majority,
“the “Resistance” is a political force somewhat outside the party structure, and hence more effective. Still, Democrats have a tough hill to climb. They must defend 25 Senate seats (including the two “independent” Senators), ten of which are in states that Donald Trump won. Republicans will only have to defend eight seats. In the House, Democrats need 24 seats to bring Nancy Pelosi the Speaker’s gavel. But they are still competing on a map that was drawn after the 2010 Republican sweep, which included state legislators and governor’s mansions.
Democrats are targeting 61 districts nationwide. They have not won a single special election since November, but they are moving closer.To hold the House, Republicans will need to do more than remind voters of the danger of Pelosi returning to power. They will need to pass major bills on health care and tax cuts. And they will need President Trump to be in fighting form.”
Perhaps what Democrats need to realize is that it is the resistance movement itself that is harming their party. Their party stands for hatred and violence and the more contempt they spread the larger the silent majority becomes.
The more upset they are making those Republicans and Independents who are willing to go to the voting booth and silently vote for somebody like Donald Trump. If they continue on with the plan they have had in the past they will continue to lose elections. Which in the long run could lose them not only the midterm Presidential election, but the re-election in eight years which would put them 16 years behind schedule if they cannot get their act together. Good for the country, but not good for them.