It must have nearly killed them to print this story, except as a red flag of warning to their fellow Democrats.
It was just last year that Democrats were gloating about how well they had done in Midterms, to take back the House. It was proof positive, they said, that Trump supporters were feeling buyer’s remorse, and that 2020 would spell even more bad news for Trump and supporters.
They were predicting a Blue Wave in 2020.
That was then.
That was around the time that Mueller was actively investigating claims of ‘Russian Collusion’. Several Trump associates had faced criminal prosecution. There were daily news reports about the ‘beginning of the end’ and the ‘walls closing in’ for Trump and his administration.
None of that panned out, of course, and even the Trump associates who faced criminal charges may find themselves vindicated in light of illegal manipulation of the evidence against them, and Federal suppression of ‘Brady Material’ that would stand as evidence of their innocence.
Almost sounds like Schiff’s showtrial, doesn’t it? (Which is likewise seeing the wheels fall off, in that the support of the Independents has shifted in support of the President. More and more people see Shifty for the petulant pustule on the backside of the body politic that he truly is. He’s overplayed his hand and it cost him.
There is one other factor that will be very different in 2020 from 2018.
Trump will be on the ballot.
Midterm victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin gave Democrats hope of retaking the Rust Belt battleground states that handed the presidency to Donald J. Trump in 2016.
Yet success in the midterms might not mean as much for Democratic presidential candidates as the party might think. Nearly two-thirds of voters in six battleground states who voted for President Trump in 2016 — but for Democratic congressional candidates in 2018 — say they intend to back the president against each of his top rivals, according to recent polling by The New York Times Upshot/Siena College.
The results suggest that the party’s winning formula in last year’s midterms may not be so easy to replicate in a presidential election. The Democrats’ relatively moderate House candidates succeeded in large part by flipping a crucial segment of voters who backed the president in 2016. If these voters remain open-minded again in 2020, Democrats will have a ready-made blueprint for winning back the crucial Rust Belt battlegrounds.– NYTimes (paywall)
Gee, how could we possibly determine what they think would be the better outcome on election day?
The article goes on to explain what some issues that were important to this swing block might be… strictly for information purposes for their general readership. Not to help Democrats develop a winning strategy or — shall we say, ‘blueprint’? — for winning back the crucial Rust Belt battlegrounds or anything.
Why don’t we trust you, Media(D)? Because you feed us a steady diet of pre-chewed propaganda and complain when you get called out for it.