Two major media outlets have essentially concurred with a Conservative Firing Line analysis of Tuesday’s special election in Georgia, noting that there now appear to be recriminations within the Democratic Party for losing that House race despite having spent about $25 million on what they billed as a “referendum on Donald Trump.”
The New York Times has a lengthy article about the situation within what may be a deteriorating Democratic Party. The newspaper quotes Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, “who tried to unseat (Rep. Nancy) Pelosi as House minority leader late last fall, said she remained a political millstone for Democrats. But Mr. Ryan said the Democratic brand had also become ‘toxic’ in much of the country because voters saw Democrats as “not being able to connect with the issues they care about.”
“Our brand is worse than Trump,” he told the newspaper.
Fox News contributor Howie Kurtz notes in a commentary, “But since the media collectively declared it a referendum on Trump—and would have gone haywire if (Jon) Ossoff had won—there is a reckoning about what the Democratic Party stands for.”
As Democrats were dusting themselves off, along with a fair number of media pundits who were once again soured by the outcome of a political race, Rasmussen Reports released a survey showing that 76 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of Independents “believe most reporters are biased against the president.”
Overall, 50 percent of likely U.S. Voters believe reporters are biased against Trump, according to Rasmussen. The survey results were released Thursday, and they included a startling figure: Only 4 percent think most reporters are biased in favor of the president. That is down 12 percentage poings from a survey in January.
“Given the president’s testy relationship with the media…it’s not surprising that 76% of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major political party believe most reporters are biased against the president” — Rasmussen Reports
While only 24 percent of Democrats see a media bias against Trump, 68 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Independents say media coverage of the president is poor. Rasmussen also noted that “critics of the coverage of the president think the owners of news organizations are also to blame.”
These survey numbers probably should not surprise anyone, considering the open animosity that many news commentators have expressed against Trump since the November election. On election night, some reporters seemed to be either stunned or aghast at the outcome, while there also seemed to be some tears shed when it became obvious that Hillary Rodham Clinton would not stroll to a coronation as the first female president.
That brings the discussion right back to the message. Many critics say in retrospect that Clinton had no message other than that she wanted to be president and it was her turn.
But she ran in large part on a platform of gun control, a subject that is politically toxic over much of the country, including most of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania outside of the major cities. Clinton forgot that and Trump didn’t. She seemed to take those states for granted, while Trump campaigned hard.
The hard bottom line to all of this is that Democrats do not appear to have a message, only a mission to oppose and roadblock the president’s agenda. They won’t let go of the Russian tampering story and the public sees them as more obsessed with derailing Trump than moving forward. While Trump wants to “make America great again,” Democrats are increasingly seen as the party that only wants to make trouble.