All we seem to hear from Democrats lately is that a “blue wave” is coming thanks to so many Americans hating Trump and it will cost the GOP the House and maybe even the Senate. Some Democrats have gone even further and claimed that once that happens it will trigger Trump impeachment proceedings.
Keep dreaming, guys.
Yes, the party not in power has almost always done well in the midterms.
However, let’s not forget we are still dealing with the same Democrats we were dealing with in 2016 and they’ve done nothing between now and then to show that they’ve learned why they lost power in the first place.
If Democrats do indeed have the momentum, it surely isn’t reflected in the fundraising numbers that the Democrats just put out.
From The Daily Caller:
The Democratic National Committee raised $5.2 million in December, bringing its total 2017 fundraising haul to $66 million, according to paperwork filed Wednesday evening to the Federal Election Commission.
The total is about half of the Republican National Convention’s estimated 2017 fundraising total of $132.5 million.
In addition to being out-raised by nearly a factor of two, the DNC’s available campaign war chest is considerably smaller than the amount held by their Republican counterparts.
That doesn’t exactly send the message that the base is excited.
That wasn’t the only bad news Democrats got this week.
They got some really bad news in terms of polling for 2018.
A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday shows Democrats with only a “negligible edge” over Republicans for November’s Congressional elections.
The poll, conducted over three days almost entirely before President Donald Trump’s well-received State of the Union Address, shows 47 percent of respondents saying they would vote for a generic congressional Democrat compared to 45 percent for a generic Republican, well within the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error. This figure is a massive shift from earlier polls showing double digit Democratic leads and fueling pundits’ talk of a “blue wave” that could sweep Republicans from power.
The same polling agency, the Monmouth University Polling Institute (MUPI), found a 15 point generic Democratic advantage using the same question only last month.
Oh, and Trump’s approval rating has gone up 10 points in a month.
From Washington Examiner:
President Trump has seen an uptick in his job approval rating since reaching a record low last month, and majority of respondents think the White House has at least partially succeeded in getting Congress to advance its legislative agenda, according to a new poll by Monmouth University.
Forty-two percent of Americans gave Trump a positive approval rating in the new survey, which was released a day after he received high marks for his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president carried an approval rating of 32 percent last month, and has since seen a 6 point decrease in the percentage of voters who disapprove of his job performance.
It’s a little strange to figure out why Democrats are so excited about 2018.
There isn’t really anything on paper that gives them a reason for optimism.
Maybe they should learn something from 2016 and not count their chickens before they hatch.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]