Red, and Ready to Flip

Yes, a majority of Americans find Trump repulsive. But more important, his policies are not popular.

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  1. You mention the secret audio of Devon Nunes talking to Republican donors about the need for Republicans to maintain control of the House in order to protect Trump from impeachment. Nunes referred to this as being a "Catch-22," but one gets the sense that Nunes doesn't truly understand Joseph Heller's conundrum. Here's the real Catch-22 for Republicans this November: they can't protect Trump unless they get reelected, but they risk not being reelected if they want to protect Trump.

  2. @WDG In the last 14 contested Republican primaries where President Donald Trump has endorsed a candidate, his pick has won -- or is leading -- all 14 times. And it speaks to the fact that despite Trump's weak numbers among the general populace, he remains a massively powerful force within the GOP -- someone who can make and break candidacies with a single tweet.

  3. Democrats, please be for something. Jobs, infrastructure, clean energy, health care, education.

    Mr. Egan is correct, ignore Trump and tell Americans that this is still their country

  4. @Paul E. Nielsen
    When have Democrats not been for "Jobs, infrastructure, clean energy, healthcare, education?" Skeptics just have to listen.

  5. @Paul E. Nielsen Why don't you run for office?

  6. Will there be 100 percent Democratic voting participation? If not, why not? Anything less leads to a Republican victory.If any Democrat can find an excuse not to vote, that's where Trump wins.

  7. @Richard Mclaughlin,

    Anything less than 100%?

    In my 50 years of life I've never lived in a congressional district that has elected a Republican, as I still live within 15 miles of my birthplace in Oakland, California.

    I trust my neighbors to continue to vote Democratic.

    Maybe with a new Constitution (down with the Electoral College!), or if California divides into multiple States we'd have the power that reflects our numbers, but as it is my vote hardly counts and except for Jesse Jackson in 1984 I don't remember any Presidential candidate bothering to campaign here.

  8. @Richard Mclaughlin
    Don't forget the independent voter.VOTE

  9. And as a non-Democrat, what am I voting for?

  10. The tape of McMorris-Rodgers and Nunes at her fund-raising event is indeed odious - that it reveals GOP'ers will "circle the wagons" around His Unhinged Unraveling Unfitness, no matter what Mueller turns up, and despite the disgraceful kowtowing in Helsinki shows how far back to the back of their minds GOP'ers have shoved the Oaths of Office they all swore.

    And it seems that in many Congressional districts, the Democrats should more often be mentioning that Pres. Very Stable Genius 45* has been raising taxes - through his unilateral imposition of tariffs - which hurt regular Americans whilst passing out the Trump Tower Tax Cuts to benefit his donor crowd.

    Plus, the GOP'er Labor Dept. has changed overtime pay with the Rolling Trumpster Fire reversing Obama era increases:

    making the economic picture even darker for Jane/Joe Sixpack.

    GOP'ers have raised everyone's taxes through tariffs, and have cut millions of Americans' overtime pay under the Orange Jabberwock; Democrats shouldn't let GOP'ers hide from that record.

    It's real-world math and kitchen-table Econ. 101

  11. All politics is local. Lisa Brown is perfect for eastern Washington; Connor Lamb is perfect for middle Pennsylvania; and, yes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is perfect for The Bronx and Queens.

    And that will be how the "disorganized" Democrats overcome the lock-step GOP.

  12. @John Graubard... I'd like to add that what Mr. Graubard says is in no way cynical. A congressional representative is elected to represent his/her district. What that district wants and needs is the message the representative should bring to Washington DC.

  13. @John Graubard...You're last statement deserves applause

  14. From your lips to g-d’s ears.

  15. Don't understand the Spokane area and eastern Washington's "conservatism." Is Donald Trump a conservative? No, he's not even close. He exemplifies none of conservative beliefs with his own history and his demeanor and temperament could hardly be described as conservative. The present day GOP is proving to be a cult seemingly worshiping a self-centered, ignorant bully.

  16. @tom boyd

    The reign of Trump is a a cult. Followers are overwhelmed by their emotions to the point of being unable or unwilling to think rationally. Demagogues have always appealed to these personality weaknesses.

  17. @tom boyd : Don't understand the Spokane area and eastern Washington's "conservatism."

    That's because "conservative" has been redefined. The DNC wing of the Democratic party is what we used to call "conservative", i.e, in favor of a go slow approach of incremental improvements and fixes. The Republican "conservative" is what we used to call "reactionary", wanting to roll back time to some imagined golden age, while the Trump wing, which has become the mainstream is either out-and-out fascist, or collaborating with them. And yes, I do fully understand the meaning of "fascist".

  18. @tom boyd It is not about conservatism. It is about tribalism. The support for Trump and CMR is found in the vast parking lots of the evangelical churches, each preaching a message that sounds nothing like the radical words of the Gospels.

  19. From your mouth to God's ear

  20. Once again, Republican voters are baffling. Healthcare insecurity is their biggest concern. Obamacare was a tremendous benefit for them. So they voted for...Republicans? Republicans who tried dozens of times to repeal Obamacare? How can we understand what they want? Do they even understand what they want?

  21. The post from Mor answers it best.

  22. @John Ranta

    Having lived in nearly all parts of the country during my Military career, my thoughts on the baffling Republicans that support Trump is that most are former Dixiecrats that left the Democratic Party when LBJ was the prime mover in the passage of Civil Rights legislation. What astounds me is that Jim Crow was so strongly supported by those that consider themselves Christian.

  23. @John Ranta It's o.k., you can use the word "DUMB" instead of "baffling" when it perfectly describes an action. These same voters said it's o.k. themselves.

    They voted for Trump because he's a "straight shooter" and not afraid to "mince words". "Says what he means". He has said much, much worse.The Left has too many kid gloves on.

    Hillary should have never taken "Deplorables" back.

  24. Small green shoots beginning to pop up that perhaps, just perhaps now, Trump has not turned out to be Marcus Aurelius and is instead the very worst 'leader' of anything larger than a taco stand.

    Well, we can always hope.

  25. this was another wonderful result from Tuesday night. McMorris Rodgers has acted as the "hey we care about women too" figure that the GOP House leadership has trotted out at briefings that often pushed for policies that were dterimental to women and working families. She very rarely speaks, just smiles. But she does have a voice-we heard her on a tape seconding Devin Nunes's plan to impeach Rob Rosenstein after the midterms. May this seat turn Blue this fall.

  26. It would'n't matter so much who the people of Spokane elected as their representative if the Senate was a truly representational body. The albatross around our government by the people's neck is the legacy of white plantation owners who inserted the decidedly un-democratic clauses in the constitution to protect their interests. It's a shameful legacy that lives on to the present day with billionaire donors, lobbyists and neo-feudalism.

  27. If the common sense solutions that people want involve better subsidized health care and childcare I’m sorry to report that “trendy socialism” has not only come to this district but is (unsurprisingly) popular. Stop punching left for no reason!

  28. @M My thoughts exactly. Cheap shot from Egan particularly when the “trendy Socialist “ is the one pushing and emphasizing the quality of life , bread and butter initiatives that will give relief to the people Egan effectively looks down his nose at .
    Newsflash -people in rural Washington have the same basic needs of healthcare, housing , economic security and dignity as those in Queens or the Bronx .

  29. Let’s hope that the combination of policies that have harmed the lives of ordinary Americans as well as the disgusting examples of immorality and lying brought to them by trump and his party are enough to pursuadee republicans to vote for politicians that have their interests at heart. Even for the reasonable educated voter, possibly voting for a candidate in the other party is difficult. I hope that trump has so crossed the lines of indecency and harm that this will change.

  30. The way for Lisa Brown to win in the general election is to continue to emphasize to her constituents those issues important to their well being and to point out where the incumbent, Ms. Rodgers, has failed to address those issues. Don't worry about Trump. Daily, he continues to remind people of his unfitness for office.

  31. That’s exactly what Lisa IS doing. She is everywhere in our very geographically large district. Doorbelling, attending every small town summer festival. Listening to people and mingling with everyone. She’s not afraid of people. Cathy is almost never out in public because if she dares to show up people ask her hard questions about why she supports Trump.

  32. If people vote for McMorris Rodgers to represent their interests and needs and then find that she does the opposite, they have the opportunity to vote her out of office.
    Let's see how much they really care about medical insurance and all the other needs that are obvious to their welfare when voting time comes.
    And if they vote her in again, they deserve no sympathy or consideration.

  33. @Sajwert: "And if they vote her in again, they deserve no sympathy or consideration."

    If she wins in November, it will be her eighth term. They know full well who and what she is.I have no sympathy for them.

  34. I am a Canadian and I am terrified. We have the hottest summer on record, our southern neighbour seems on the verge of a nervous breakdown, America's surrogate mideast Kingdom has condemned us as a threat to the international order, our most important economic trade pact is in danger, America's President's favourite World leader has banned our Minister of Global Affairs and head of our NAFTA negotiations from Russian travel. The world is asking if the USA will stand with Canada against all the nations who have condemned our ethics and values: China, The Philippines, The USA, and Saudi Arabia.
    Chrystia Freeland our Minister of Global Affairs entered politics in 2014 after a distinguished career as an economics journalist and writer whose two books Sale of the Century about the the death of Russian democracy and Plutocrats: The Rise of the Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else explain where we are and why we are here.
    We are 36 million people and it seems to me the among the last remaining nations to stand up for values and ethics at the expense of earning the wrath of autocrats, oligarchs, crony capitalists and plutocrats around the globe.
    We escaped the crash of 2008 because our mixed economy and the wisdom of our government and private financial institutions and Obama's and Canada's decision to bail out too big to fail industries.
    Our well being is dependant on the GOP being removed from access to power and we cannot participate in your politics. What to do?

  35. @Memphrie et Moi

    Very interesting point of view. I live 30 miles from the Canadian border and follow Canadian politics - We get three Canadian TV Channels. Not sure what can be done. Hope for the best I guess.

  36. @Memphrie et Moi Pray. And be a good example. Florida where I live has many Canadians. I know some and they have at times changed my mind. Canadians are among are best and closes friends. I listen when they tell me I am mess up.

  37. @Memphrie et Moi

    Keep on being Canadian!

    Soon our best and brightest may be headed your way. Many did not vote for Trump or the GOP, and yet their lives are damaged by Trump's insane policies. Especially those who are not native born here, and may have their citizenship taken away.

    Be merciful.

  38. "Yes, a majority of Americans find Trump repulsive — his lies, his pathological narcissism, his lack of decency, his illiteracy of democratic principles. But more important, his policies are not popular."

    This article dovetails nicely with today's column by Michelle Goldberg.

    Both you, Timothy Egan, and her are guardedly upbeat that a focus on issues and the impact of Trump-specific policies on their constituents will determine the outcome of these midterms.

    They just need to do with they're doing and pick their issues based on how voters feel about losing healthcare, being in an industry on the wrong side of Trump tariffs, and why this administration seems to spend its entire energy protecting the wealthy and or/corrupt.

    Trump promised to help the little guy. Lisa Brown knows how harsh that rings in her district, how totally cynical Morris-Rogers is, and how voters are getting fed up with the negativity and reality show of Washington.

    So, while I'm cautious about this "blue wave" that's become a cliche, I'm seeing a commitment to core Democratic values that provides a refreshing counter to the scorecard the president keeps bragging about--a scorecard that reflects largely gifts to the wealthy and deregulation that benefits corporations.

  39. If only I could say Goldberg were correct but the voters who watch Fox News don't have any concept of reality. How do I know this? My brother, well educated, happy in freedom 55 retirement for 10 years on both a military and law enforcement pensions gets his alternate reality from Fox and click bait sites.

    I spent a month with him this summer. To listen to him, which I try to do rarely, one would think that the elites are snobs (though our PhD dad seemed to have escaped that characteristic according to him - some kind of exception proves the rule I guess), any form of health care for all is not affordable, the defenceless US has been taken advantage of by big, bad Canada in NAFTA deal, the FBI conspired not to indict Hillary.

    I have lived in Canada and have told him the reality of trade and benefits of universal health care but my experience it seems is not good enough.

    Years ago I asked him why he was a Republican when he grew up in a Democrat leaning house (dad, fed up from Nixon on and then finally changed his registration when 'that actor' ran for President and mom always a Dem). He said he used to be a Democrat but the dems had lost their way. He bought into the Republican rhetoric and he isn't going to disillusion himself any time soon.

  40. @MKKW

    I tire of people fixated on FOX. Who cares what the "converted" will or won't do. Why waste the energy?

  41. @MKKW Research has shown distinct personality differences between conservative and liberal mindsets. Conservatives tend to fear and distrust, place people into stereotypical categories and are unable to accept ambiguity and nuance. For them to be comfortable everything must be clearly either black or white, no shades of gray. Conservative personalities also seek out the approval of others, finding comfort in groupthink. The positive side of the research is that this personality type, although widespread, is in the minority of our population.

  42. If believe that in many instances people vote against something, not for something. I would bet that in the Wash 5th, voters are not voting GOP because they believe in business tax cuts, removing funds from public education, or loosening environmental regulations. Areas like this vote AGAINST illegal immigration and social programs.

    Dems really need to hammer home that they are not a part of the financial upper class, and the people having benefits cut include themselves. If they view everything as us versus them, make sure they know that they are "them" and are being hurt by the GOP.

  43. Egan raises an important point. He is claiming that trashing Trump is not a path to defeating Trump. In heavily Republican areas, he may very well be correct for the following reason.

    What gives the conman his power? His power lies not in his ability fool his victim. His power lies in his victim's inability to admit that they have been fooled.

    Trump is a superb conman. One of the best. He tells his believers exactly what they want to hear. There is never any break in the message of lies to the point of extreme contradiction. His victims swallow it all and ask for more. They want the reinforcement. They crave the group think.

    Deep down inside, they realize that something is amiss. That $4000 pay raise never materialized. New factories aren't being built. Small town America still looks and operates the same way it did in Nov. 2016. In fact, with the trade war, things are beginning to fall apart. Access to healthcare is worse and more expensive. Europe is now our enemy.

    But they cling to Trump because they simply cannot admit to themselves that they have been taken to the cleaners. This is the source of Trump's power.

    By presenting them with an alternative that does not hinge on trashing Trump, they are given a palatable reason to vote against him.

    In the big cities and professional suburbs, please, trash away. Get people fired up to go to the poles. But out there in guns, gays and God land, use a different marketing tactic. One that is more positive.

  44. @Bruce Rozenblit
    Absolutely. Admitting you have been wrong. Have been fooled...and done so in such a 'public' way (including maybe just over dinner table conversation) is perhaps one of the hardest things a person can do. It is pretty exceptional when someone is willing to do so...anybody...not just a Trump voter. We need to withold judgement and make it safe for Trump voters to, as privately as possible, leave the cult they have been pulled into with as much of their dignity as possible. If admitting an error is right for them to is easily right for us to recognize that 'there but for the grace of god go I'.

  45. @Bruce Rozenblit...great comments, Bruce. I would just add the following: those "comman man" Trump voters have ther "bully-in-chief" in the WH pulpit. They love three things the most:
    1) putdown of the press/elites and coastals/Dems
    2) a coarse, crude idol, reminding them of their own boorishness
    3) the constant red meat he throws at them

    The combination makes them delirious with joy.

  46. @Bruce Rozenblit They cling to Trump for one of 3 reasons 1) ignorance/poorly informed/stupidity. 2) well-to-do who are immensely selfish and don't care what happens to the country. 3) deplorables (i.e. mainly white nationalists/supremacists).

  47. “The old way to scare people was through the three Gs — gays, guns and God.“ It would be refreshing, if many Republicans need something to fear, their focus shifted to economic issues. Yes, health care needs to be addressed so that people have coverage and costs, if any (far cheaper with single payer/national system), are manageable (people around me complain about pharmaceutical costs), Yes, let’s talk about effects of obesity (rather than the homosexual in your family tree) on people and health costs. Yes, a living wage would require the country to spend less on subsidizing workers in currently poor paying jobs. Yes, developing and improving reusable energy sources would be wise. Yes, driving vehicles which get more miles/gallon requires less fuel and less money out of one’s pocket book (a no brainer!). Yes, trading with the world rather than going to war (economically) with them seems logical. Yes, markets that farmers have had may never come back. If fear is a basic need for some Republicans lets focus on economic issues for once, please!

    From what I know of Trump’s past and what I see now is he is good at bankruptcy. Unfortunately, this time it is someone else going bankrupt (farmers/businesses relying on materials from abroad). Although, who knows about his golf courses and money given by Russians to finance some of them. Maybe he could be in trouble “down the road”??

  48. As someone who has lived and worked in WA 5, and knows (slightly) Lisa Brown, it’s very exciting to watch her run. I’m now visiting, and I’m seeing her signs all over the place, from Asotin to Kettle Falls; that’s a good omen. She’s smart, she cares, she connects.
    Farmers these days have to be savvy international traders, and rejection of the TPP, and now these tariffs, on top of the attempts to gut the ACA, have all hurt the region badly.
    Though I don’t vote there any more, I’ve donated to her campaign.
    Lordy, I hope she wins!

  49. @Lisa

    Please consider doing what I just did: set up recurring donations for the next 4 months. Act Blue makes it easy to do.

  50. My husband and I were out canvassing for Danny O'Connor in Ohio on election day. We came across one gentleman who said he was a republican and always has been. In this year's primary, he voted republican because his father was on a down ballot race and he wanted to vote for him. But, he voted for O'Connor on election day because he cannot abide the toxicity and mendacity of the republican party as it now exists. Minor progress, to be sure, but a welcome change.

  51. @Susan Your interaction with this man is very encouraging. Let's hope it is a portent of what will happen on November 6th.

  52. The national news outlets, especially, the cable networks, focus on Trump and his latest insanities.

    But local politicians need to keep their eyes on the bread and butter issues that affect their constituents.

    The bread and butter issues favor Democrats. Republicans have let their allegiance to ideology and donor money blind them to the issues that affect their constituents. Time for a change in the wind.

  53. @Rita

    Hello, "hope" and "change" didn't work, nor did Hillary's entitlement run. Got any better ideas for "a change in the wind"?

  54. Exactly. Dems should focus mainly on policies, that are damaging the very fabric of this nations physical and administrative infrastructure. The corruption of the man and his his supporters (including most Republicans in Congress) will speak for itself.

  55. Republicans went "all in" on opposing Obamacare without even going through the motions of developing an alternative. Since then, diabetes has exploded, especially among children, obesity is worse than ever and the population is aging. Time to pay the piper, GOP.

    Increasingly, health care is becoming the "killer app" in American politics. It is easy to see the downside of GOP negligence in increasingly dire outcomes for Americans, but Democrats should also start hammering another argument: our current system makes significantly less competitive globally. If we are paying (at least) twice what every other country is paying, essentially investing huge amounts of money in something that is neither here nor there in terms of productivity, then we are wasting that money and our competitors are not.

    So "Medicare for all" is not a form of charity for poor people and minorities. It is, in fact, a way to restore sanity to our health care delivery system, make an even playing field for an essential good, and tell vampire squid health insurance companies, whose greed is endless and immoral, to take a hike. The American people win!

    And to those who say "But that will cost $32 billion a year!," I say the obvious: we are probably wasting that much annually already. At least we can firmly control the growth in health care spending this way, and give the people what they need.

  56. Let us hope you are right, Tim. But don't forget that people like McMorris Rogers consistently win elections because they can always count on a sizable percentage of their constituents voting against their best interests. You can lead a horse to water, etc.

  57. It pains me more to see women voting against women’s interest than it does to see men voting against women’s interests. Women have enough problems coping with life’s hardships without the likes of Phyllis Schlafly, who was the principal reason the Equal Rights Amendment was never passed, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who has tried to keep women in her district from getting access to birth control, and birth control information, and who has done precisely nothing to help women address their child care needs.

    Republican voters living in the Limbaugh/Fox News Bubble of Hate are never going to change their minds about Trump and his policies, or about the abyss into which the GOP has fallen, because doing so makes those voters look bad. There is not much point in wasting precious time and money trying to flip Republican voters, and Republican columnists in this paper and elsewhere attempting to entice Democrats down that path have motives that are, to say the least, suspect.

    The only solution going forward is for Democrats to get out the Democratic vote in November 2018. Health care is clearly the issue that resonates, because it is immediate, and it is personal (unlike the infinitely more pressing issue, climate change). Democrats need to use the ammunition that works: Health care. Health care. Health care.

  58. I honestly wish that I could join in Timothy Egan's optimism about Americans finally seeing the light about the man in the White House. But as long as Republicans continue to control all three branches of government, it doesn't make much of a difference.
    Take for example; "Health care insecurity". It's no secret that defeating the Affordable Health Care Act has always been prime target #1 on the Trump agenda -- and his vilification of it, and all things Obama is to a great extent what carried him into office.
    So there's no real reason to think that suddenly folks are going to wake up and realize they're holding the short end of the stick, because if that were the case, Democrats would be way ahead in every election underway right now.
    That said, there's no doubt the majority of Amricans find Donald Trump "repulsive" -- and for all the reasons mentioned here in this article.
    And YES. We are the majority.
    But until that translates into something more tangible, we'll have to watch our society disintegrate and our Democracy slip away.
    Now is the time to come to the aid of our country.

  59. @N. Smith

    "Health care insecurity" is a real problem now that "pre-existing conditions" provision can be used to deny coverage or increase insurance rates.

    90% of Americans have some pre-existing conditions.

  60. "Specifically, she long tried to take away health care, backing proposals that would have left 70,000 people without insurance in her swath of Eastern Washington."

    In my state, Governor, now UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, DID take away health insurance from thousands of people through her rejection of the Medicaid expansion. And we know from recent events in the Republican party, that can mean only one thing - after Trump, she'll be the next Republican nominee for president of the United States.

  61. @Thucydides
    This is an honest question. Do you think Republican voters will back a woman candidate for president? They seem okay with a woman as the vice presidential candidate, but Michelle Bachman in 2012 and Carly Fiorina in 2016 got very few primary votes. I think Nikki Haley would suffer the same fate in the primaries; to me it appears that the GOP voters just don’t trust a woman to top their presidential ticket yet. Am I missing something?

  62. It's well past time that America's fake heartland and fraudulent Bible Belt stopped enjoying their Recommended Daily Allowances of right-wing hate radio, Fake News and white spite and realized that the Republican Party has been actively trying to impoverish, bankrupt and kill them for the last few decades.

    Birther Lies, Benghazi Witch Trials and Trump Twidiocy don't pay the bills, put food on the table or make anyone's life better.

    Right-wing corporate judges on the Supreme Court who want corporate hegemony and gutted unions are no friends of the average American worker or average American.

    Mindless tax cuts for the rich spell broken infrastructure, broken healthcare, a broken future and a broken common good for the non-rich.

    Put down your fear and loathing and white spite, 5th congressional district, and stop flushing your country down a Republican Trump Toilet and start fixing the country.

    There are real-life public policy solutions to healthcare, childcare, low wages, collapsed infrastructure, campaign finance corruption, global warming and education, but Greed Over People is NOT interested and has not been interested since 1980 when Republican Snake Oil first started destroying this country with sociopathic 1% greed.

    D to go forward; R for Russian-Republican oligarchy.

    Democrat Lisa Brown on November 6 2018.

    Stop being conned and snake-oiled by Greed Over People, Republistan.

    Republicans don't give a damn about you.... and never have.

  63. @Socrates: 24/7 fear-and-hate right-wing radio is enabled only by the elimination under Reagan of the Fairness Doctrine, which was intended to prevent one political line from dominating the airwaves that belong to the public. Will the Democrats ever catch up with that thought and restore the Fairness Doctrine? Will they ever stand up to right-wing media monsters like Sinclair Broadcasting and Clear Channel that own hundreds of TV and radio stations dedicated to right-wing politics?

  64. @Socrates
    Have always enjoyed and mostly agreed with your comments.
    How about: D for drive (as in forward) and R for reverse (as in away from democracy).

  65. I guess "common sense" is putting up with the most expensive, wasteful, and dysfunctional health care system in the developed world (that also leaves millions without health care) along with $100,000 - $200,000 college tuition debt and a road system (infrastructure) that ranks just below Namibia on the world scale. I also suppose that fixing those things as suggested by some trendy New York socialists (among others) is impractical and lacks "common sense." Rather, I think watching the country continue down the road toward more corruption, failed statehood and eventual collapse is the true lack of common sense. I haven't heard anything from any trendy New York socialists that a modern FDR wouldn't do (he'd probably do more in fact). This country is in very serious trouble (even in the short run) and is going to need major change in order to survive economically and politically. Sadly, I don't see our economic or political leaders doing anything about it - in fact, they are mostly busy making things worse right now. Sclerotic and dysfunctional - welcome to the new US(SR).

  66. Trump's policies are not popular? I don't know anyone who is complaining about a 4 percentage point drop in their marginal tax rates. I get it that some blue-staters are upset by the cap on SALT Schedule A deductions. Residents in low or no-income tax states though are glad that they no longer subsidize the high income taxes of the blue states. Economic growth is expanding, we have more job openings than applicants, metals plants are reopening, manufacturing jobs additions have not been this strong in a decade or so and despite gushing articles of worry here about how China has us over a barrel, it is quite obvious that the Chinese are the ones who are sweating. We buy $500 billion more annually from them than they do from us and we are one of their largest trading partners. Does it really make sense for China to tick-off their largest customer or that they somehow have leverage over us?

    It is striking to read the op-ed page here vs. The Wall Street Journal. The latter is not especially a fan of Trump either but they frame the argument rationally. Trump is not the polished gentleman that everyone wants (Dems - you could have voted for Romney in '12 but rejected him....) but the results he's producing are very much what people want. Hint to the left - Watergate was decades ago. It's time to stop fighting like it just happened.

  67. People are complaining about Trump's tax overhaul — it's a massive tax cut, tax giveaway to the rich and the corporate elite. It's expanded the deficit and national debt dramatically.

    People are complaining about Trump's racism and anti-immigrant policies. Few people believe in pulling children away from their parents or deporting those who have fled violence in their home countries and want to seek opportunity in the U.S.

    Most people are aware that the economic boom started under Obama and that he created more private sectors per year than Trump has!

    People are decidedly worried about Trump's tariffs which are already hurting Americans and costing them jobs. Even the Trump administration acknowledged the serious downsides by allocating $12 billion to help farmers hurt by the tariffs!

    The issue with China is about intellectual property more than trade.

    People remain concerned about the massive corruption Trump is engaged in and supporting — 3 Cabinet Secretaries we’re force to reign in disgrace; others are representing corporate cronies rather than the American people.

    Finally, people are tired of Trump's lies, especially those about caring for the American worker, when he continues to hire *foreign* workers for his resorts when there are plenty of American workers available!

  68. @Keithy
    Blue staters are actually upset because the Trump tax cuts for corporations and the top 1% have caused the deficit to ballon at a rate not seen since the Reagan tax cuts (which were closely followed by high interest rates and 11 tax increases). Blue staters are also concerned that the last Republican administration caused near economic collapse with its tax cuts and high risk mortgage policies intended to stimulate Trump’s real estate sector. Obama’s was still able to rescue us from that disaster with sound economic stimulus and TRIPLING the value of the stock market despite unanimous obstruction by your Republican buddies. Trump is far more than a crude, indecent, immoral traitor. He is also stupid, and that makes for a combination that really scares the heck out of us Blue Staters. And, by the way, the educated high income Blue States are tired of subsidizing the poorly educated, low income, low tax revenue Red states. It’s about time the Red States started contributing more to the national conversation than guns, voter suppression, and Christmas in July.

  69. @Keith

    A comment replete with trump/republican talking points but without facts/context/analysis.
    The WSJ may not be cheering on Trump but they love the lie of trickle down.

  70. I consider myself a moderate Republican (at least that’s what the Endangered Species tag in my ear says; those tranquilizer needles hurt!). I’m a veteran of two wars. Marine reservist. Retired from both that and as a Federal civilian. Worked in international affairs for many years and have seen up close the real chaos that comes from paying lip service to democratic principles. Voted for Obamacare in 2008 because I believe everyone should have access to basic health care. Voted for Hillary because Trump and his cronies nauseate me. And I’m considering changing my registration. Like the guy in the comments below - in Columbus - I vote for who I think is best for the overall interest of the country (and Hillary certainly wasn’t perfect, I allow that). Had Kasich won the nomination that’s who I would have voted for. But the Republican Party in its current form - Nunes’ recorded comments are further proof - absolutely disgusts me. The Democrats should somehow try and identify people like me in the close districts and focus upon them.

    Let the trolling commence.

  71. @Lightning14
    “At least that’s what the Endangered Species tag in my ear says; those tranquilizer needles hurt!”. Laughing out loud - great comment! Thanks.

  72. TDS has now reached its second and most virulent stage: ECD (Election Chances Delusion). To diehard Democrats it must seem to be an historic inevitability that the tide will shift in their favor, but their timing is off by about six to fourteen years till Trump and his successor Pence finish out their terms in office, and the American people decide it’s time for a change. Talking up Democratic hopes in a liberal newspaper column or drumming up anecdotal evidence in a few selected districts hardly a tidal wave makes except in the minds of the deranged.

  73. @Ed. Maybe you are the one who is deluded about the inevitability of continued Republican control of the House of Representatives. Perhaps it’s your primary news source (Fox, I would presume), that is presenting you with a skewed view of the American public’s current state of mind, politically. Your president has a 41% approval rating and continues to be one of the most, if not the most, unpopular presidents in American history. Democrats have won a number of special elections in red states and districts in the recent past in Virginia and Alabama. This past Tuesday, Republicans barely outpolled their Democratic opponents in districts that Trump handily won in 2016 and which have been Republican for decades. Maybe you will be the one considered “deranged” come November.

  74. @Ed Sea level is rising rapidly, Ed. Keep dry.

  75. Up until this moment, I had assumed that the Republican drive to re-criminalize abortion and block access to birth control for women was all about the "demographic shift" that Laura Ingraham talked about the other day and that Republican politicians and religious leaders have been bemoaning for decades. And I'm still sure it is. But blocking people's access to healthcare by making it unaffordable seems to me to be counter to any goal of increasing the white population. Can the increase in birth rates really keep up with the increase in maternal and infant mortality, plus the lower life expectancies due to addictions and preventable/treatable diseases? I guess we're going to find out, as Republicans conduct their big science experiment on 320,000,000 people.

  76. Yes, this is it exactly, Tim. I read commentators in the Times and elsewhere wringing their hands about what the Dems' message should be. Meanwhile, out in the real world, Dems seem to have it handled, because they know what real people care about. Healthcare. Jobs. Being able to make a living and support your family. Here's the problem, though: Of course, Republicans are out of step with most Americans. And the Koch Brothers want to keep it that way. They have bought office after office, and now they're buying the Supreme Court. With Brett Kavanaugh they've almost completed the deal. We will have what they want crammed down our throats for generations if we don't step their candidates and nominees now.

  77. With the lowest voter turnout of any industrialized country, I can only pray people vote!

  78. Isn't this precisely what we heard in 2016?

  79. Re "Red, and ready to Flip", Tim Egan --Devin Nunes, at fund-raiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington Rep. for 7 terms), who is a Trump apologist, said that Republicans in the House must protect Trump from the Special Counsel. For 25 years, Republicans have been winning in Spokane. Nunes's words may come back to haunt the GOP as Mitt Romney's crowing about the 47% of Americans who lost him the 2012 presidential election were "victims, dependent on the government", who would vote for Obama no matter what. So, can we hope for a blue instead of a red wave in November?

  80. McMorris Rodgers just revealed in a tape with Devin Nunes that she puts party ahead of country. That should resonate in Spokane as it does everywhere else.

  81. "McMorris Rodgers is the woman that Republicans trot out when they want to put a female face on policies that hurt women."

    It's that liberal, elitist attitude that is likely to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in district after district.

  82. @Chris Just as an FYI, please explain to me, in detail,why you perceive Egan's quote as being liberal and elitist (although I do understand that a lot of people out there, apparently you're one of them, consider, by default, "liberal" & "elitist" to be the same word).

  83. Well what would YOU call it when they have her stand behind the speaker in every photo op?

  84. @Chris

    What is "elitist" about trying to carefully state facts? Do the Republicans often push policies and legislation that go against the stated needs and interests of women? Yes. Has this particular woman in Congress been used in an effort to cover over this fact? I don't know, but I accept the assertion that she has been until proven otherwise. Nothing elitist here, just name calling which serves no useful purpose.

  85. “A mother of three, outwardly pious...a government paycheck most of her adult life...seems outwardly harmless and friendly.”

    Kathy McMorris Rodgers is the quintessential Republican politician who has escaped—since the 1994 “Contract With America” House takeover engineered by Newt Gingrich—anything like a searching analysis by the people she is presumed to represent. The holy trinity of the Right’s culture wars against the country: “God, guns and gays,” seems, to the easily-pleased, alright with them.

    I’m sorry if the average Trump voter feels insulted by being lumped with the malleable and naive, but when something as basic as healthcare is trashed because the GOP is undisguisedly driven by special interests; and a Congressional district rewards someone with seven terms who has only their votes in mind—but nothing more—well, they’ve merely received that for which they asked.

    Buried deep below the surface of the Republicans’ abandonment of those in Eastern Washington state—and around the country—is a desperation that people might be catching on to Trump’s emptiness. That Devin Nunes tape should have devastating consequences nationwide—but how will those in the Spokane area react?

    Keeping the atomic mushroom cloud of Donald Trump’s presidency alive is all that matters to the likes of Nunes and Kathy McMorris Rodgers. How voters in her district cannot see that is baffling.

    If these people wake up and find that they’ve been used, perhaps they’ll turn the red district blue.

  86. @Soxared, '04, '07, '13

    I believe that the voters in McMorris-Roger's district and other rural pockets vote as they do because their major news source is Fox News; in addition, and their high levels of exposure to talk radio distort their perceptions of issues. I doubt that most of them will ever hear the Nunes recording, and if they do will be told and believe it was faked.

    I apologize for not linking to some excellent comments I read earlier today in the Washington Post (can't find them), but will share the gist: Trump pulled off a massive scam on millions of Americans. While the hard core truly buy his message and ideas, many others have serious qualms and are beginning to realize they were conned. Because of its affect on their egos, many cannot and will not admit to being duped, and may trigger some to cling even more strongly to and rationalize their vote. Therefore, trash talking Trump, calling his voters stupid or gullible, or rubbing their mistake in their faces may backfire. Instead, focusing on health care insecurity, how tariffs are hurting them, pointing out the corruption, revisiting the lies behind the tax cuts (ask what they are doing with their $4000 per household pay raise, etc.) etc. may pay off.

    I pray that my fellow citizens who were duped will come to their senses. meanwhile, I will will continue to send contributions to candidates like Lisa Brown, Beto O'Rourke, Kristen Sinema, and more nationwide.

  87. Thank you for this great report. Cathy McMorris Rodgers,...a wolf in sheeps clothing. Devin Nunez.....a a wolf in wolf’s clothing

  88. To Lisa Brown and all the other women fighting for recognition and a piece of the pie--"if you don't have a seat at the table, then you are on the menu"--I can only add this:


  89. The baseline Democrat plan is always to reach into productive people's pockets to pay their way for them, (healthcare debate). Not surprisingly, one of their favorite complaints is, "the big Republican tax cut". Well, you can't have a tax cut if you don't pay tax; most Democrats don't. What would you never hear at a Democrat campaign rally? Something like, 'Come on, Dems, let's get to work and pay our fair share!" Don't hold your breath waiting for that one.

  90. Most Democrats don’t pay taxes? News to me, since the wealthiest states, contributing far more to the federal coffers than they get back, are almost all D. The big exception is Texas.

  91. @Ronald B. Duke

    What hogwash. My federal tax bite is significant but like most Democrats, we find it well worth it to live in a modern, civilized society, where the government works hard to ensure that all of my fellow countrymen have their basic needs met, regardless of their circumstances.

    As for the generalization on income which appears out of the 1980s, have you missed the past 30+ years as the rural poor have gradually become the base of the Republic(an)? Party?

    As for healthcare, are you going to be purchasing insurance on the free market at age 85, or accepting Medicare?

  92. @Ronald B. Duke

    The Republicans are throwing the US an additional trillion dollars in debt by giving tax breaks to multimillionaires who don't need more money, There is no justification,

    As for paying our fair share, the blue states subsidize the moocher red states, which don't collect enough taxes from their multimillionaires to fund their own public schools, maintain their roads, or give health care to the low income hard workers who the wealthy exploit to get through their days.

    No one who works 40 hours/week should be in poverty and lack health care. Unfortunately, many are, and in states run by Republicans on behalf of their wealthy donors, no one cares for them.

  93. "outwardly pious" Perfect description of Ms. McMorris Rogers, and of the GOP in general.

  94. @TheSchoolLibrary

    Yep! Fits Pence 100% as well. And their noncommittal, semi-smirking facial expressions chill me whenever I see them in media photos. Vote ALL Greedy Oligarchic Plutocrats out right now! Enough messing around. They have repeatedly shown their ugliness towards the average American. No more.

  95. All the time, energy, and resources (money) wasted in proving we are not a "United" States. No future there indeed begs the rallying cry "Break it up!!"

  96. I hope Egan is right but I fear Democratic complacency, I fear the fanaticism of Fox News watchers and, most of all, I fear the apathy of millions who never vote.

  97. @Christy I think that if there is even a sliver of good (and I bite my tongue saying this) from having trump disassembling our country, it is that no one will ever take their vote for granted, or vote for a candidate on a whim.

  98. “We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”

    So said Devin Nunes at a fundraising event for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers held recently. The only priority of Republicans is to hold on to their Congressional majority, not the concerns of the Washington voters.

    As for the Republicans’ scare tactics of using gays, guns and God as demons of the left, they’re oblivious to another G that’s a staple of this administration. It’s called GRAFT, all caps.

  99. This is a very good article from Mr. Egan. Indeed, the phrase "gays, guns and God" drives voters here in most of western Kansas as well, which is similar to eastern Washington. There are a lot of poor whites in western Kansas and a lot of scared farmers. There is no chance for a Democrat to win, but if the Democrats want to compete, they cannot attack the GOP on moral issues. The Republicans will simply respond with moral outrage of their own. The Democrats need to have a consistent economic message, whether it is against trade that is hurting farmers, or social security destruction that will hurt the elderly, or healthcare that will hurt the poor.

  100. Lost in the noise of the constant din of hate and stupidity from Trump are the results of a poll commissioned by the Koch Brothers. They expected that the results would back up their claim that the USA is a center right country favoring conservative policies. The results were in fact exactly the opposite. People want a $15 minimum wage. People want strong unions. People want Medicare for All or something like it. Craven Republicans like McMorris Rogers or my own non-representative John Katko, who have refused to place any constraints on the outrages of this misadministration, who have voted with the far right wing consistently, are in for a rude awakening come fall.

  101. Policies? Which day of the week?

  102. Yes, many Americans are disgusted with Trump. But tribalism dictates a loyalty that is often shock-proof. Swift mocked that with his saga of the Big-endians and Small-endians, who warred over how to open a boiled egg. (Americans simply crack the whole egg and peel it, missing the pleasure of eating soft-boiled eggs.) Will Trump's Catholic voters now prioritize the "little children," or will they persist in prioritizing fetuses? Will the rich vote to roll back tax cuts? Will turkeys vote for Thanksgiving?

  103. It really is time for a smackdown of the greedy who are promoting the culture war against gays, guns, and God. As the right keeps blowing the dog whistles against their fictional bogeyman (secular totalitarian socialists who take away guns and God) you have to wonder. How difficult is it to stay on the economic message?

    Four issues are front and center. Universal healthcare. The environment. Consumer protection. Infrastructure improvements. It's time to coyly avoid the dog whistles with savvy political spin. We need to re-establish good government within the next few years or this American Experiment is possibly going to falter.

  104. I think the effective fearmongering that is Trump's and the GOP's forte is too easily dismissed here. When people actually go in that voting booth, they vote their gut. It's going to take powers of persuasion Democrats haven't been very good at for awhile to get folks across the board - independent voters, potentially disaffected Republicans and disenfranchised Trump Democrats; rural folks and farmers and blue collars - to connect policy deficiencies with their fears, and see the problems and unfairnesses associated with their practical day-to-day economic fears as more important than abstract gut hits like "illegals!," "2nd Amendment!," "wrong bathrooms!," "religious expression!," etc.

    The "What's the matter with Kansas?" phenomenon, though ameliorated some when Kansans woke up to the wholesale ripoff for the rich their conman governor Sam Brownback had sold them, has by no means gone away, and indeed has morphed into "What's the matter with the United States?" (And Kansas seems on for another go-round by electing another Brownback in Kris Kobach, who is himself an expert fearmonger.)

    The Democrats, and the nation, are by no means out of the woods. There are powerful dark forces abroad in the land, and I'm not talking Russian dirty tricks - democracy and the American Experiment are at grave risk from those who seek to gain from instability, too much free rein and mistrust. A lot of care, attention and energy must be applied to our civic duty of political participation.

  105. Meant Egan in my comment not Goldberg but she had an overly optimistic piece as well. Changing minds takes years, not months.

  106. @MKKW. The primary vote totals don’t lie. It’s essentially a dead heat, just like the race in Ohio.

  107. MKKW: Sometimes the glass is half full.

  108. The move to dump Cathy has been building for years.

  109. My favorite phrase in the whole column: "outwardly pious."

  110. The implication being "inwardly blasphemous?"

  111. When elections hinge on cultural and identity issues, Republicans win. When elections hint on economics, Democrats win. Yes, it IS the economy, stupid.

  112. @Martin Kobren - Enough with the identity issue drivel. Republicans are the ones who demonize people based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity etc. The only thing Democrats have done is insist that everyone be treated equally.

  113. Correction: Washington State University is in Pullman, ~64 miles to the south of Spokane.

  114. @Dave Washington State University has a campus in Spokane as well.

  115. @Dave
    The new WSU medical school, though, is in Spokane, not Pullman.

  116. Interesting column. Please sent to Dem HQ. THIS is the way to win. Leave Alexandria out of the Midwest. Bernie, stay home.

  117. Vote, vote, vote. It is a powerful weapon that we have. Use it

  118. “three former Cabinet secretaries forced to resign in disgracel

    They weren't former secretaries!

    “Three Cabinet secretaries forced to resign in disgrace”.

    There. Fixed. It. For. You.

    It would have been good to name them right there. People forgot all too quickly how CORRUPT this supposed “drain the swamp” president is!

  119. I am not a social scientist but I am certain there are many talented social scientists that have have looked at the coefficients of tribalism, guns, God, Gays, and Nancy Pelosi in rural America to determine what threshold of economic despair will finally cause these constituents to stop voting against the interests of themselves, their neighbors , and their families.

    We have this cycle where the GOP crashes the economy, the Democrats clean up the mess, make some courageous votes (be it to raise taxes to balance the budget, vote for health care etc), and then the Democrats are punished by the demagoguing GOP who use Guns, God, and Nancy Pelosi to win back power. Obama cleaned up much of the Bush Cheney disaster while being obstructed every step of the way by the GOP. He delivered as close to universal health coverage as you can in America. Yet rural Americans voted for a known swindler that has not likely been in a church since his 3rd wedding .

    Everyone has to show up and vote and when we win, we have to make the rural people's lives better. When the GOP obstructs , which is in their genes, the Democrats should play the same hardball that the GOP has practiced. That is how bullies are managed.

  120. @Statusk Just so you know, Trump did go to church once. He went to the Washington Cathedral for a service where he embarrassed himself by being unable to find a hymnal (a sure sign that it was an unfamiliar place), then proceeded to be unable to find the hymn and, finally, when found, he couldn't follow the words so he just handed the book to Melania, who he probably called Magdalene, Melanie, Maria or something. He sure didn't look comfortable being in that foreign place called Church. Guess he needed a translator.

  121. @Statusk

    Superb analysis...….should be in the NYT picks

    You should also point out that crazy billionaires have spent billions to push the GOP agitprop, and now the Russians are helping.

  122. Good article.

    Every district has its issues, and every winning strategy its own approach, tailored to local needs.

    Healthcare, Hate Speech, and Corruption might be the issues common to us all.

  123. We can only hope that Americans who have been hurt by the republican policies the past few decades will come to the realization that if they do not vote, they do not have a voice. Sometimes mid-terms are more important than the presidential races years. But how do you get their attention? Everyone seems to have a phone stuck to their faces but don't talk to people so really have no idea what is going on in our country. I just hope we can wake them up before it is too late.

  124. My hope is that these early primaries are a sign that Trump's luck is up. What troubles me is the lingering issue of race in America. No matter how Trump tries, we are a nation that is changing demographically---sit in any public venture in an urban area and you are not sitting in Trump's ideal white America. In general voters see this reality and sense that "their America" is passing away--that fear, over the years has allowed politicians from the South and West to stay in office despite voting against the interests of their constituents. We may be entering a period where quality of life of realities overrule identity realities--- but I never underestimate the power of race to influence an election cycle.

  125. Trump, this congress, his administration, the GOP, and quite a few others who support Trump and are in powerful background positions, have done a tremendous amount of damage to 99% of Americans. The damage has been ongoing since Reagan was in office.

    They failed to plan for the needs of the baby boom generation and beyond.

    They cut the social safety net. (So too did Clinton with his triangulation strategy.)

    They have consistently campaigned against and legislated against workers in order to favor employers.

    They claim, falsely, that protecting the environment is bad for business.

    They appeal to racists, bigots, and fanatics and they support them.

    They refused to work with a duly elected African American president for 8 years thereby sacrificing 8 years of potential progress for all Americans.

    Their idea of repealing and replacing the ACA is to keep first class medical care available for themselves and the richest Americans while leaving the rest of us nothing.

    They prefer to let people remain unemployed, underemployed, in debt, unable to find decent affordable housing because that's what their rich donors want.

    Their ideal American is white, male, rich, and selfish.

  126. I don't appreciate the "trendy socialists" line. The desire of the main stream media to call for the democrats to embrace moderation is a canard. The socialist policies of free college, universal health care a living wage and others are supported by a strong majority of Americans.

  127. @Brian Bennett

    Americans may support these "trendy" policies but that doesn't make them any less Socialist. Good luck with that.

  128. @Brian Bennett Socialism is a tainted ideology that has caused and is causing untold misery in every country where it was adopted. Name one case in which it is not true. And don’t bother repeating the lie that social democracy is the same thing as socialism. The truth about socialism needs to be repeated often, lest Americans fall for the demagoguery of the left which is no better than the demagoguery of the right.

  129. I live in Cathy McMorris Rodgers' district and have seen firsthand how her votes have been against the interests of her constituents. I have also seen her misleading, if not outright dishonest, negative attack ads against Lisa Brown. There are folks in this district who enjoy willful ignorance and will vote for McMorris Rodgers no matter what, but many of her supporters have now felt her betrayal directly while also finding direct benefit from Democratic policies, particularly the Affordable Care Act. In my medical practice, I saw countless patients who came to me for the first time because they finally had health insurance, thanks to the ACA. For some it was lifesaving. For others, sadly, it came too late as years without coverage allowed tumors or other problems to reach incurable levels. The folks in my district, mostly very independent types, are seeing that decisions in D.C. affect who lives and dies clear out here in rural Eastern Washington and they are deciding that they want to survive.

  130. "...mother of three, outwardly pious..."

    That second phrase is applicable to 99.9% of Republicans, not just Ms. McMorris Rodgers. The prouder and, especially, the louder one blares his/her religiosity, the more certain you can be that this person is a hypocrite. They have become the Pharisees of modern politics.

  131. If you don't vote it is irrelevant how lucky you protest or how much money you donate.

  132. Republicans get elected on gays, guns, God, small government and racism. It has always worked for them. But it is government that is taking away their health care, fouling their air and water, keeping their pay checks low and static, keeping their kids from from moving up. In return they get a 12 million dollar military parade and a trillion dollar and growing deficit.

  133. This is great news, but Democrats have to remember to bring this enthusiasm to their governing style as well. If we demonize the opposition and argue among ourselves, the next movement to "throw the bums out" will be coming after us.

  134. I'll believe it when I see it.

    If these people are ingesting Fox "news" 24/7, then they aren't being given accurate information upon which to base their opinions.

    Extremely cautious optimism seems appropriate.

  135. A fellow commenter, @R. Law of Texas, says, “[I]t’s real-world math and kitchen-table Econ. 101.” And he’s right, of course. But that hasn’t stopped Republicans from voting against their own interests in the past—especially not where their fear and hatred are regularly stoked by cynical politicians in thrall to the donor class and fanned into a frenzy by Fox “News” white nationalists.

    I wonder, though, if it won’t be different this time around, largely on account of women. Trump has revolted women with his serial adultery (and his buying off of those he so casually used), by his routine bullying and insults of any and everybody he considers remotely his inferior or his opposition, and especially by his ripping of children from the arms of their parents and his apparently lackadaisical efforts to reunite them.

    Add THAT to the fact that it’s typically women who keep the family books, who are up close and personal with higher prices and stagnant wages, who are scared to death of rising healthcare costs and the prospect of even less coverage, who see no meaningful difference in their own taxes while Trump and his cronies flaunt the massive increase in their personal net worth. And you get an awfully powerful force that may—finally—stand up and say, “We’re mad as he[ck] and we’re not going to take it any more.”

  136. But wait, look at all the work she has done for people with Down syndrome. Oh yeah, because she has a child with the diagnosis.
    Having advocated for years at the state and federal levels for people with autism, I learned an important lesson about Republicans -- they support disabilities only when it affects someone in their family.

  137. Yes there is growing dissatisfaction with Trump and his policies even in farm country, but the crucial difference in this race is that Lisa Brown is a quality candidate. She is smart, experienced, and sufficiently centrist to be appealing to moderate Republicans.

  138. Why have the people you describe in this district voted against their interests for so long. Surely they are not that racist. It is baffling.

  139. Not skilled in questioning the status quo.

  140. @libdemtex

    It's super white here and yes they are that kind of sneaky racist sort.

  141. Thank you for mentioning the “audio tape.” Its revelation caused me to flinch. Admittedly, I should not have been surprised considering the actors during this theater of sorts. But I was. My state is plagued with Devin Nunes, truly a shameless and shameful snake of man. Yet what defies logic is his support in his district which is agriculture. We have an inept individual taking up precious space in a precious House, himself corrupt. Trump at every turn is destroying the very welfare of his nation - from health care to the food we eat, from the air we breathe to the water we drink. All this while his cronies get richer. I consider this coming election crucial to the survival of our democracy. We Democrats know what to do, however. And I am beginning to feel that wave of enthusiasm that exclaims, “We are ready, willing, and oh so able.”

  142. Great column. Republicans are perpetuating the myth that Trump has delivered on all his working-class campaign promises, when just the opposite is true. All his policy "wins" have favored the wealthy and big business -- corporate tax cuts, dismantling Obamacare without a replacement, tariffs, etc. Anyone who claimed he/she voted for Trump because of policy and despite his indecencies, mendacity and pandering to racists either has to reconsider their vote or admit to themselves that they are actually aligned with Trump's abhorrent sensibilities.

  143. The ACA, the AffordableCare Act, is the worst governmental rules for healthcare--except for all the others. Getting rid of it INCREASES premiums, sets up a pool of sicker insured, and sets us up for misery. The first Trump tax cut gives to the very wealthy. The next attempt- gives to the very wealthy. Privatize profit, socialize cost. What's not to love?

  144. Trump is highly unpopular with two thirds of the American electorate. Nevertheless, Republican enablers like Nunes keep coming back because of gerrymandering and voter suppression. It’s true that recent votes around the country have been very close and that is the reason. Studies indicate that a turnout of nearly 60% of eligible voters is needed to eliminate the Republican incumbents’ advantage. The effort needed to do that is enormous given the feeling in many voters that their vote “just doesn’t matter.” And BTW a case about gerrymandering is making its way to the SCOTUS. Anyone taking odds that this heavily Conservative Court won’t find gerrymandering and photo IDs and other jump through the hoop requirements perfectly “legal?” Hard to fathom how some voters let their resentments lead them around by the nose and pick their pockets at the same time!

  145. @B. Rothman, we cannot blame the election and reelections of nunes on gerrymandering or voter suppression. CA has taken great pains to address both. Nope, this is willful ignorance by an extreme minority of californians that support nunes because somehow he makes them feel as amerricun as their ancestors in Oklahoma. Tragic, really.

  146. A lot comes back to how Trump got elected in the first place: he was able to effectively smear the Clinton candidacy as corrupt and slap down Obamacare, saying that he would provide health care for everyone that was much better and much cheaper.

    He said he would "drain the swamp" of the corruption in Washington, and then he puts in billionaires and cabinet members from Goldman Sachs to do the job. Remember what he said? He said he was wealthy and it was better to have wealthy friends in those jobs because they can't be bribed due to their wealth. He said he was the only one who could fix the system because he knew how it worked and how he had gotten around it.

    How is this working out? Sounds like a con job.

  147. This may seem oddly out of left field but pay attention in Trump's China bashing to the S. China Sea. That might rightfully be called the origin point of WWIII, replicating as it does the 1930's provocations imposed by the West on Japan (cutoff of oil, raw materials, commerce) that led to WWII. The Chinese are not building defensible space and power projecting islands for the exercise. Trump's idiocy in dealing with global economics will focus the repercussions on our own economy.
    The accelerating of our economic growth (4% !!!) is fake, based on unproductive military spending and deficit borrowing. It's like auto dealers' cash rebates -we get to finance the full cost, then repay the cash (tax) rebate with future principal and interest on a cash bonus now. It's enhancing economic numbers based on future debt.
    The Trump financial magic show will only last through the next payroll tax cycle - but by then, the oligarchs and crony capitalists will have extracted all the value from our economy and parked it in their offshore accounts. The ever-growing stock market will also mysteriously unravel.

  148. ah, mr egan you have more faith in your fellow americans that I do.

    #1 in the world at voting against their own interests.

    and the most gullible, uninformed electorate of any western democracy.

    rugged, free thinking (!?) 'folks' indeed.

  149. I think that "Ready to Flip" goes too far.
    I do not deny that a majority of Americans finds Trump repulsive. He is repulsive. Or that most Americans don't like his policies. He has some bad policies.
    So it was in 2016, when Hillary Clinton beat Trump by almost three million popular votes. Unfortunately, the Green Party (to the left of the Democratic Party) chose to get more than enough votes to hand Trump a solid Electoral College victory.
    And to a very unusual degree Trump voters are still enthusiastic for him.
    My opinion is that for there to be significant flips there will have to be major failures, scandals, and hopefully legal entanglements, in addition to those we already have.

  150. It’s not too far if you lived here in the WA 5th.

  151. When real enemies fail to materialize for the GOP, the Party is reduced to creating fake enemies out of thin air. That's what "elites" are, basically airy-fairy types like @realPresidentObama who, from time to time, actually think their way out of brown paper bags, who possess more than a 25-word single-syllable vocabulary.

    I know that this sounds elitist, but that's no shame. The Republican Party has turned itself into a massive celebration of idiotic invective, carrying the country with it, in a global community where, elsewhere, knowledge and critical thinking are highly prized.

    Here, the trump card is Putinization. Look at the "I'd rather be Russian than Democrat" T-shirts. It's a losing card. Just look at the pathetic Russian economy for evidence.

  152. Cathy McMorris Rogers typifies all that is wrong with a cruel and elitist Republican-controlled Congress, which pretends – when the need arises – to find Donald Trump offensive.

    Rogers and essentially every Republican in the House and Senate have put average Americans at economic risk by siding with the rich and privileged and with large corporations and their anti-worker bias.

    The hypocrisy and dishonesty of Rogers is stunning. Lisa Brown can win, if Eastern Washington State voters are not too stubborn to admit in the voting booth that they have been conned.

  153. " A mother of three, outwardly pious, who has drawn a government paycheck for most of her adult life, she seems harmless and friendly." That says it all. She, and all of Congress regardless of party, receives the best healthcare in America, paid for by us, and with a pension that is one of the most generous in America, also paid by us. And yet, she and most Republicans consistently demonize and vote against making life for many, many millions of Americans even marginally better. When will the American public finally realize that Republicans simply have nothing but contempt for Americans - unless you're already wealthy. Pious indeed. And far from harmless.

  154. Cathy is like a store mannequin. We are looking forward to seeing her try to debate Lisa Brown, it will be college professor vs. Junior Higher.

  155. To understand the hold that the GOP has that compels some to vote against their own healthcare, just ask what would highest individual and corporate tax rate be if all religious social issue conflict suddenly disappeared?
    Most of the GOP big money donors don't give a darn about school prayer, ten commandment displays, gays, guns, or flag pins, and corporations have no objection to the cheap immigrant labor that they profit from; a divided American electorate is the objective.
    The last thing they want are Americans voting in their own economic interest above all other issues.
    Division of the electorate serves to keep the powerful in power and the fearful GOP base can be relied upon to produce the light weight candidates that the American plutocracy needs. Candidates who claim divine inspiration, divine communication, and that they are "chosen". Good thing that at least half of America knows who really chose them. And good thing that at least some of the billionaire class are finally stepping up.
    Sawing off the fearful Trump loving Evangelical wingnuts who live in Fox's fantasy world would greatly benefit America.

  156. A political party that depends on gays, guns and God to win must admit that it's agenda is not worth the paper needed to write it down on.

  157. @David Bible

    I think that this might be a better goal:

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. . . “

  158. There is something to say for a not so overprotective Government (less taxes and rules and more relative freedom) but also –if not more- a lot to say for the opposite (safety nets, equal opportunity, and protection of quality of life).
    In today’s US society the playing field is not equal. If you are good at sports or are extremely smart you can get into college with a scholarship, if you have money… also. If your average in school or not that focused on your future yet… find it out yourself! (which on its own merit is not a bad thing cause being self-made makes any man/woman proud)
    But if you have non off the above and you do unskilled labour (low wages) or you do have skilled labour and a recession hits you or if you fall sick and you don’t have something to fall back on (health insurance or sick pay) and the cost of every-day life exceeds your income you’ll welcome the existence of a good working Government.
    a Government which, if properly funded through sound budgeting, can provide people with jobs, safety nets, access to schools, affordable health insurance/care, minimum wage, pension protection, maternity leave, good infrastructure, protection from enemies (if applicable). In short a good living standard for all citizens. And mind you “THIS IS NOT SOCIALISM” this is providing a good living standard.

  159. It is encouraging to read that a majority of American find Donald Trump repulsive. That is a perfect description of this man, and you can count me in that group.

    And even if his shoot-from-the-hip policy directives were solid (they are not), and not self-serving to the Trump family fortune (they are), I would still want to limit his presidency to one-term. He is an embarrassment and a disgrace.

    As for the 35% die-hard Trump supporters who think he walks on water, I am reminded of a wonderful quotation from Ben Franklin: "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."

  160. I guess its pet peeve for me but while I agree, as usual, with what you write here I will take issue with your closing paragraph. You mention culture and resentment and then the Three G's. Fine but why not mention, by name, one of the main drivers of all that, ABORTION. Without abortion neither Bush or Trump would have become President

  161. @Ernest Lamonica
    Agreed. Too bad their mothers did not have access to it.

  162. Timothy Egan: "she [Lisa Brown] served as a chancellor of Washington State University in Spokane."

    Is there a branch campus of Washington State University in Spokane? The main campus, of course, is in Pullman, 70 miles to the south.

  163. Yes there is: the Medical School

  164. @Andy Beckenbach WSU Spokane was established in 1989

  165. @Andy Beckenbach Yes and also the new medical school.

  166. If McMorris Rodgers should happen to win in November. One thing we will know for a certainty is that the Russian interference with our elections has not stopped.

  167. @James If she's won seven elections, if she wins this one, it will be for the same (bad) reasons, not Russians.

  168. Thirty years ago I moved from Eugene, Oregon to a small town across the river from eastern Washington. My stay was short, just a year. I was impressed with a feeling of time standing still, in a movie set filled with strollers.

    If not us, who? If not now, when?

  169. All politics is local.

    Maybe even personal.

    Look that person in the eye and listen first.
    Then, speak plainly - words with six letters maximum.

    Explain clearly and offer to try and help.

    I think places like Eastern Washington are going to see huge turnout for a different direction.

    This is change election.
    So, let people know how the changes benefit them.

    Democrats need to make friends with the people.

  170. Trump has created a strong economy, low unemployment, lower taxes, and a foreign policy that addressed the problems with Iran and North Korea.

    What do the Democrats offer? Trade deficits, higher taxes, open borders, a failed foreign policy based on bribery and sending pallets of cash and gold to the murderous mullahs. America is the third most populous country after China and India. It is time to severely limit immigration. If you come here as an immigrant you should learn English before you come to America and not be on welfare. America does not need anymore social parasites that need to be supported by taxpayers.

  171. @JJackson Deluded. Trump created a trade war which will tank the economy. Immigration is a non problem. Trump plays on racism.

  172. @JJackson - Trump inherited a strong economy and if you read any economic news you would see that he's beginning to harm it with his tariffs.

    It really helps to pay attention.

  173. WSU is in Pullman, Washington, not Spokane.

  174. @David Zimmerman WSU Spokane was established in 1989. Employs over 400 people and serves a large student population.

  175. WSU has a branch campus in Spokane, thus WSU - Spokane is correct.

  176. @David Zimmerman WSU has a branch campus in Spokane and also the new medical school.

  177. Raise taxes?
    Abolish ICE?
    Dissolve our southern border?
    Grant full citizenship to illegals?

  178. @Tuco "Illegals" are not the problem.

  179. Trump has already raised taxes - he calls this tariffs.

  180. That’s on the 99%.

  181. District 32 in Texas has Colin Allred, running against Pete Sessions. Mr. Allred is a perfect fit for the district, and his signature issues are healthcare and wages.

  182. The lack of health insurance can lead to bankruptcy. The lack of health care can lead to death. The deficit busting tax deal can lead to cuts or dramatic changes to Medicare. Plus the Trump adminstrstion held up subsidies to insurers required by the ACA lovingly called Obamacare. Health care coverage for low income children whose parents work but don’t make much money was used as a political football by the GOP. What more will it take for Americans to see that they are trading the GOP policies on immigrants for attacks on modest efforts to allow Americans to see doctors without going broke? Will a tiny tax cut mean much if you can’t afford to take your children to the doctor? How about if you lose your job because you are too sick to work or you have to stay with sick children or parents? The US is the richest country in the world and our health care system is a mess. We would have had universal healthcare under Nixon if blacks were excluded. Prejudice won, no universal coverage. Only greed and prejudice keep us from fixing healthcare. Trump supporters please figure out which is more important, your life or your fears.

  183. The republicans are really two parties now— the true believer Trumpsters who cheer at the rallies, predominantly rural and socially conservative and urban elites who resent seeing government redistribute their wealth. But the democrats are really two parties as well - Bernie Sanders style utopians and more technocratic centrists like Obama. Clinton showed how easily the technocrats can come off as condescending and lose elections no matter how much more competent they are. I don’t know if anyone cares about Sanders out west, but he does make the “democrats” seem more radical and I think he scares a lot of the people that Democrats need to win outside of the cities. I hope that common sense does win out west. If an appealing technocrat shows up, it should, but Trump keeps showing how anything can happen.

  184. @ACA, agree. and the jersey (or new york?) "girl" is getting her 15 minutes of fame by appearing in places like kansas. and she has not even been elected in her own district yet! proving the dems are so often foolish, not understanding that our party is not monolithic like the GOP. It's not just eastern washington fence sitters who are put off by people like this, it's genuine lexus CA liberals like me that do not appreciate the tone-deafness of the party. That said, fingers crossed.

  185. @ACA

    I understand how people can disagree with Sanders' policies. But radical? I don't see that. Medicare for All, free public college tuition, and a $15 minimum wage may be progressive notions in the U.S. today, but are popular among a large number of Americans and are consistent with successful programs in much of the rest of the developed world, including most of Europe. Progressive, yes. Radical, no.

    On the other hand, Mr. Trump truly is a radical. He wants to destroy or undermine many parts of the very government he now heads. He disparages our own intelligence agencies, using the conspiracy theory rhetoric of the "deep state." He calls the press the "enemy of the people," echoing Stalin. His former top aid, Steve Bannon, called for "deconstruction of the administrative state."

    Who is the radical here?

  186. The fact is that reliable Republican voters in places such as Eastern Washington should now understand that there are going to be consequences very real to them in voting against their self-interest by re-electing the likes of Cathy McMorris Rogers in a way more stark than they have ever seen.

    If the GOP retains its majority in the House after the fall elections (and possibly increase their Senate majority), the Affordable Care Act is as good as dead. The GOP will not fail again to repeal it and we now know with absolute certainty that the party has nothing with which to replace it except empty promises. That will hit Red State America and the Red Bits of Blue States harder than anyone. This will no longer be theoretical but very real to millions of Americans.

  187. Like others who have posted here I am clueless as to why so many have voted against their own best interest. Perhaps some of them who voted for trump and continue to support him can explain it. I am at a loss.

  188. There are two things that will topple the GOP's grip. Both require people who have had enough. The first is that group of folks who don't vote. The 1% wouldn't be running this country if we had voter participation even 10% higher, and the steady diminution of quality of life for those who accept the results of maintenance-free democracy is finally becoming apparent. They have a stake and they need to realize that there are tangible consequences for non-participation. The second is the group who have been reliable GOP voters because they swallow the trope that Republicans are the party of baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. In a weird way, maybe Trump is actually a force for good, because the acquiescence and fawning subservience of the majority of the GOP with respect to his behavior and attitude - particularly in Congress - indicts in plain view the credibility of the GOP's purported belief in the things they bray about constantly - patriotism, morality, fiscal responsibility, family values, and so on, things that for many years the GOP has successfully convinced much of America that Democrats are opposed to.

    Maybe the blindfold has slipped a bit. I certainly hope so.

  189. I hope Timothy is right. At some point people have to wake up and realize what republicans are doing to most Americans.

  190. The reason Democrats lost the last election and will likely not make the gains they are hoping for in the next election is because of the attitudes expressed in this article. The tax cut may not mean much to Mr. Egan, but I can assure him that it means a lot to poorer Americans, even a few hundred dollars can make a big difference. Only an "elitist" would make such a claim. Furthermore, higher employment and rising wages, which can be seen at least in part due to stricter immigration policies will also benefit republicans in districts like this. People in these districts don't want Obamacare, they want jobs with health benefits, and to a large extent, they are getting them. I guess I just don't see a lot of Trump voters changing their votes, especially as most of them are better off now than they were 2 years ago.

  191. @chip - an elitist like Paul Ryan would celebrate the benefits of the Republican Tax Plan by bragging that a secretary's getting that extra $1.50 a week.

    He leaves out a few of the other great things:
    - the tax plan rewards big businesses and the wealthy far more than it does poorer Americans

    - tax largesse like that $1.50 a week is temporary, cuts to business and many wealthy tax breaks are permanent.

    - the economy had been growing since 2010 under Obama, so don't credit Trump's policies for anything other than not breaking the long streak he inherited

    - Trump's policies ARE hurting the prospects for people affected by his tariffs. His attempt to pick winners by forcing utilities to use expensive coal and nuclear will cost poorer people a larger share of their income.

    - the GOP tax plan implemented double taxation, for the first time since the income tax began in the Civil war, by putting a cutoff on middle-class people's ability to deduct state and local taxes.

    - the GOP continues to attack access to safety net programs, and cynically says it's because of the deficit - so medical bankruptcies Obamacare reduced can come back.

    By the way, the GOP tax plan increases the deficit, and you'd better believe it's the poor and middle class who will be handed that bill. Federal revenues plummeted due to the big cut in business tax. Businesses rewarded shareholders.

  192. There are so many House districts that I would love to turn blue, but none more than this one.

  193. May I suggest Devin Nunes representing California’s 22nd Congressional District?

  194. Timothy, repulsive is surely an understatement. My main concern is "how long?" Until the "base" dies; until the "base" miraculously comes to its senses; until.....?

    I believe so many voters ignore the rumblings of both parties because they're too busy working to put food on their tables and provide for their families. What is going to impact each of them? That's what we Dems need to campaign on...reforming and implementing the issues that will impact working Americans. Hopefully, more of our candidates will recognize that.

  195. The National Democratic Party lacks leadership and vision. Maybe that isn’t bad, for such leadership voids give grassroots candidates the opportunity to create viable local platforms, like the ones displayed by western States’ candidates in Eagan’s column.

    If I were running for office in the West, these would be the key elements of my platform, all based on personal preferences:

    1. Yes, “health care insecurity,” for I just got out of the ER. Simply, it is a horrific feeling not to wonder if you can pay your doctor bills.

    2. The environment, for where I live the earth is burning up, the National Parks are overrun, the air is filthy, the water polluted. Who wouldn’t want clean water and air, and less crowed parks and national forests?

    3. I haven’t noticed an increase in my checks since the Republican tax law just passed, so where’s this tax-break I was supposed to get? Prove it: follow the money. Is there more money in my pocket now than before the tax cut?

    4. The pure tawdriness, grifter nature of Republican Party, for what American citizen would want their grandchildren to grow up to be like a Trump, a Pruitt, a Zinke, an Ivanka, or, the President’s advisors, Judge Jeannie and Shawn Hannity? Character still matters.

    5. Lastly, this candidate should be a woman, unless we can clone Beto O’Rourke, for I believe we men have had our chance to govern one of the greatest Democracies ever created, and we have, as shown by Trump and Republicanism, failed.

  196. @David Thomas

    Who destroyed your sense of reality--Maoist university reeducation camps and our Sovietized mass-media central out of New York City?

  197. Democrats win on economic issues and lose on cultural issues. I think I read that in the Times. If the Democrats back off on cultural issues their own base deserts them. If the Democrats press cultural issues the right rejoices.

    I am not sanguine about November.

  198. This 72 year-old male believes the United States will be a much better country when the President is a woman, and the majorities in both houses of Congress are women. Democrats, I would prefer, of course. (That is, if we can work hard enough to defeat the enemies currently dominating both those branches.)

  199. Republicans promoting unpopular policies is nothing new. That's what they do. Thump the bible while entrenching structural advantages to the wealthy. The difference this time is they got caught. Republicans got too greedy for their own survival. Lay that message down plain and keep repeating it.

    Now the important part: Tell people how you're going to fix it.

  200. When Trump bragged about a health care plan that was 'cheaper and better' than 0bamacare without a word about what it would look like I was thinking back to Nixon and his secret plan to end the Viet Nam War as a candidate which was of course no plan at all. Having any hope that Trump has anyone's welfare at heart beside himself and his family is the triumph of hope over experience. His administration is truly one of cruelty and corruption.

  201. As someone who has canvassed since I was 8 and continued as an activist in the Democratic Party, I have one key piece of strategic advice: STOP CALLING OURSELVES DEMOCRAT SOCIALISTS! This may play well in NY and other very liberal strongholds, but I can guarantee you that the day after anyone gets elected with this identifier, the "dark money" folks on the right have just produced a TV ad or other attack material painting the Party with the broad brush stroke of being "Socialists." Is this what we want? I don't mean that we're not still the party of the "Big Tent," but let's remember what that Electoral College map looked like on Election Night 2016. There was a broad swath of Red carved right through two-thirds of the states. We Democrats must continue to stand for the core principles that make us the more progressive party. But for heaven's sake, let's focus our branding in each race on the basics: the 3 issues that matter most in each district/state and how each of our candidates intends to work across- the-aisle to actually govern at the federal, state and local levels. And, after the news media, which I dearly love, blew it on predicting 2016, reporters better be sure to avoid interviewing "all the usual suspects." Let's hear more from what used to be called, "The Silent Majority."

  202. Tim, the too close to call at the recent polls say otherwise. I think when a majority of voters come out and dispose an incumbent you can safely make the claim, "... a majority of Americans find Trump repulsive. But more important, his policies are not popular."

    I am not sure we are at the majority level yet, but the dawn is quickly rising on the great conman.

  203. Democrats should take a page with Republicans' playbook and ask, essentially, "How's that make America great again stuff working out for you?". Speak to what people are going through. It's a dead end to campaign by moralizing about Trump and his Congressional enablers. Address peoples' lived frustrations, concerns and wishes. Politics has to feel immediate and personal.
    Make it about the voters themselves!

  204. The wedge issues for Democrats should be healthcare, education and income inequality. These issues actually affect people's everyday lives in a way that the tired old Republican wedge issues just can’t match.

  205. I hope you are correct Mr. Egan. I live in North Central Washington and I voted for Ms. Brown. But then I’m a former “coastal Washington state elite” who reads various newspapers, books by experts and scientists , listens to PBS News Hour, and tries to exercise critical thinking. I continue to be surprised at the crushing ignorance, resentment and anger that exists in populations on the eastern side of the mountains.

  206. Yep, republicans has strayed too far into laa laa land. Any reasonable, alert, responsive politician could step into the gaping chasm that has opened between residents and their rabid representatives.

  207. Yes, healthcare needs to remain a focus and priority.

  208. The new Democrats are pretty smart. It should not be difficult to provide a sharp contrast and clear choice for voters in local districts if they Democratic candidates follow simple principles: All politics is local; back to common sense; and as Michelle Obama advised, "When they go low, we go high."

    This 2018 election should be a cakewalk for Democratic candidates--given the embarrassing ignorance, intentional chaos, and unnecessary cruelty imposed by the ruling right-wing crazed, loutish buffoon Trump and his sell-people-and-the-planet down the river loyalist lackey Republican enablers.

    The new Democratic candidates are wise not to campaign on party loyalty and talking points, since far more Americans identify themselves as Independents (41%) than as Republicans (26%) or Democrats (30%) (Gallup 7/2018).

    Pelosi & Schumer. need to stay out of the picture--not only because they appear old and tired, but because the DNC managed to ruin its brand in the 2016 election by squashing all challenges to Hillary (I liked O'Malley & Bernie, but they were shoved aside by the DNC). Plus, Nancy says things like, "Oh the American people don't want single-payer health care."

    The key for the Democratic candidates is clear communication, visibility, and an optimistic, can-do spirit. But we live in a red state where Democratic visibility is almost nonexistent. Why? For a long time, the Dem Party failed to do its homework locally. So it will be a tough slog for Dems.

    Fingers crossed!