On Tuesday, Never Trump conservative and The Bulwark editor Charlie Sykes wrote an editorial in Politico warning that Democrats could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2020 — and urged them to not do anything foolish.
“Donald Trump remains historically unpopular because the past three years have cemented the public’s image of the president as a deeply dishonest, erratic, narcissistic, Twitter-addicted bully. As a result, a stunning 57 percent of voters say they will definitely not vote to reelect him next year and he trails Democratic challengers in key states,” wrote Sykes.
Even so, he warned, Trump “doesn’t need to win this thing; he needs for you to lose it … Despite the favorable poll numbers and the triumphalism in your blue bubble, you’ve already made a solid start at guaranteeing another four years of Trumpism. Last week’s pile-on of Joe Biden was a good example of how you might eat your own over the next 16 months.”
Sykes then cited a number of things that are varying degrees of popular with Democrats but could lose support with the general electorate: massive deficit spending, reparations, a health care plan that involves abolishing private insurance, packing the Supreme Court, or embracing the “socialism” label.
As for gun control and immigration, Sykes said, Democrats actually have the upper hand on these issues as Trump’s policies are broadly disliked — but that could change if Democrats lean too heavily into gun confiscation or abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sykes also warned Democrats that their now near-universal support for abolishing the Hyde Amendment could backfire with a general electorate as well, which presently prefers their stance on abortion rights but doesn’t support taxpayer funding.
Above all, Sykes warned, if Democrats want to lose the election, they should “Hold firmly to the idea that Twitter is the beating heart of the real Democratic Party” and “ignore polls showing that most Democrats, not to mention swing voters, are much more likely to be centrist.”
Showing fired-up small-dollar donors, democratic fundraising platform ActBlue processed record $420 Million so far this year
"We're seeing millions of donors, record-breaking totals every quarter, and a rapidly-growing small-dollar army that is ready to help Democrats take back everything from school boards to the White House next year."
Online fundraising platform ActBlue said Wednesday that 3.3 million supporters gave over $420 million so far this year to roughly 8,700 Democratic campaigns and left-leaning organizations, a haul it said was a testament to the surging "small dollar army" of donors.
Trump’s racists attacks are ‘central to 2020 strategy’ – expect ‘more, not less race-baiting madness’: Report
President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four progressive Democratic Congresswomen are not "improvisational madness," but rather calculated "race-baiting" that is "central to his 2020 strategy."
So reports Axios, citing sources "close to Trump" who "predict more, not less, of the race-baiting madness."
Two Texas Republicans in Congress were outraised as national Democratic offensive kicks off in Texas
Two potentially vulnerable Texas Republicans in Congress were outraised — and a few others saw seriously funded challengers — as the first major fundraising deadline passed in a cycle where national Democrats have built an expansive battlefield here, targeting six seats.
In the second quarter, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, fell short of Democratic challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni, $378,000 to $421,000. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, raised less than Democratic opponent Kim Olson, $225,000 to $279,000, before making a large loan to his campaign. And a few other GOP incumbents posted strong numbers — but so did Democrats running to unseat them, in a couple cases outpacing the officeholders after they entered the race mid-fundraising cycle.