Many Democrats who want to win back the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are focused on whether the party should nominate a moderate, a male, a white person. They’re concerned with rebuking Ilhan Omar and shushing Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez.
Maybe they should try pointing out — to the white heartlanders who tell pollsters they “somewhat support” Trump rather than “strongly support him,” or the ones who warily voted for him in 2016 and are now on the fence — that Trump is not doing what they were rooting for him to do if elected. He’s breaking promise after promise. We keep saying that Trump is a larger-than-life grotesque monster. Maybe we should be saying he’s simply a lousy president.
Our portrayal of Trump as an outsize villain elevates him. Saying he just plain sucks at his job would bring him down to size.
One of the more interesting parts of this interview with Pete Buttigieg is the discussion of how to run against Trump. Buttigieg’s recommendation is that the less attention that is paid to Trump, the better – point out his lies and move on to a positive agenda: “I think the more attention we pay to him in any form the more he just kind of absorbs it and grows.”
Steve M’s observation is, I think, consistent with Buttigieg’s advice. When you attack Trump for all his personal failings, you’re open to a pro-wrestling style shit talk session, something that Trump is good at (and the media eats up). When you simply point out that he’s a bad President, that almost nothing he promised happened, and that he’s been an asslicking toady and mark for some of our biggest enemies, you’re on ground where Trump is less comfortable, and you’re giving soft Trump supporters a real reason to vote against him.