They will have to climb the gerrymandered mountain, an internal political directional fight and the want to base EVERYTHING on Donald Trump….
This isn’t the first post on the Democrats chances for next years Midterm elections changes, which history says, SHOULD be good…And it won’t be the last….
A look at things by NBC News…..
…..some Democrats worry their increasingly urbanized party, led by San Francisco’s Pelosi, New York City’s Schumer, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who hails from the Washington, D.C., suburbs, has a blind spot to the experience of rural and working-class voters.
“I don’t think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic party brand is in so many parts of the country,” Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who has has challenged Pelosi’s leadership, said after Democrats lost the Georgia special election.
If they can make inroads with Trump voters, though, the benefits could be enormous. Democrats are expanding the battlefield to a record 80 targeted districts next year, hoping to play the field and catch some breaks, potentially in unexpected places.
“It’s all about getting those people out there on surfboards,” said Dave Gold, a Democratic strategist who has worked to train Democratic candidates. “Otherwise, the wave comes and crashes on the shore and nothing comes of it.”
In an important prerequisite for any wave, candidate recruitment is strong. So far, 209 Democrats had each raised at least $5,000 by the end of June, compared to average of just 43 at similar points in the previous four election cycles, according to a Brookings Institution analysis. Even ahead of Democrats’ 2006 wave, just 48 candidates had reached that fundraising threshold.
Democrats have focused on candidates who break the party’s mold, turning often to veterans with more experience in business than politics. Ohio’s 7th congressional district, around Canton, will be a tough reach, but the party is excited about Ken Harbaugh, a former Navy pilot who now runs Team Rubicon, which enlists veterans to respond to natural disasters all over the world.
In illinois’s 12th congressional district, which covers the southern tip of the state, Democrats finally succeeded in coaxing Brendan Kelly, a district attorney who has prosecuted corrupt politicians in both parties, to take the plunge. And in Kentucky’s 6th, which had a tradition of electing Democrats since the Civil War before Rep. Andy Barr won 2012, Amy McGrath grabbed headlines and saw a fundraising windfall with an announcement video highlighting her experience as the first female Marine to fly in an F-18 jet in combat.
“There’s no reason to think a place that has ancestrally voted Democrat for more than a decade can’t be flipped back in a wave,” said Jeffrey Blehar, an elections analyst at Decision Desk HQ….