The DNC is doubling and tripling down on irrational Russophobia as their path to victory in the voting booth.
The Democrats plan to hold on to Russophobia forever. Ironically, this is exactly the position that LOST Mitt Romney the election in 2012, to the extent that foreign policy mattered. In fact, Barack Obama said that the eighties called and wanted their foreign policy back. He especially emphasized that Al-Qaeda was much more of a threat than Russia. Obama didn’t mention ISIS because his foreign policy had not yet developed enough to produce them at that time.
McClatchy reports, “Dems rebuff skeptics: We will keep talking about Russia.”
Democrats have a blunt message for colleagues worried the party has become dangerously obsessed with Russia: Get over it.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony Tuesday put Democrats in a familiar position, reacting to news about President Donald Trump and the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s alleged Russia connections. To skeptics, the story is a distraction from bread-and-butter issues that voters actually care about, like the unpopular Republican-backed health care bill, and a sign the party is already over-reaching well before the midterm congressional elections.
But Democratic operatives are arguing that the party has no choice but to launch these attacks. A weekly barrage of breaking news has forced their hand, demanding Democrats seize on an issue some of them now believe has increasing relevance beyond the Beltway anyway.
“Democrats aren’t driving this. Reality is driving it. And occasionally Trump’s Twitter is super-charging it,” said Jesse Ferguson, a veteran Democratic strategist. “But Democrats are along for the ride, and we better not fall asleep.”
Communication with voters, he added, is “about winning the fights that you are confronted with.”
Discussion about the ongoing investigation — and Trump’s handling of it — reached a crescendo last week, when former FBI Director James Comey in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee said the president lied. The hearing, watched by millions, had Democrats crowing that an investigation into whether the president himself obstructed justice could be a political game-changer.
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