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February 21, 2018

Politico: Democrats Starting to Panic Over Congressional Polling

The Democrats thought they could avoid running on their agenda and just run against Trump. With Trump's numbers and the GOP's numbers improving -- and a majority now approving of the tax cut law -- the Democrats might have to run on their agenda after all.

And won't that be wonderful for them?

A big concern for them: Nancy Pelosi's crummy denigration of increases in citizens' take-home pay.

Now many Democrats say they're watching nervously as polls start to trend in Republicans' favor -- and worry they’re witnessing the beginning of a slow-motion train wreck that they have no idea how to stop.


According to [a memo by the super PAC Priorities USA], Democrats have become too focused on reacting to Trump, while the president has continued to trumpet the GOP tax bill and its economic benefits, giving him a slow but increasing advantage in polls.

Other Democrats say the problem is not necessarily Pelosi herself but how she has chosen to combat the GOP tax law. The minority leader described benefits to the middle class -- such as pay bumps or bonuses handed out by businesses after its passage -- as "crumbs" compared with the tax breaks corporations received.


Combine that with recent polls showing the GOP tax bill, which Pelosi last year derided as "Armageddon," increasing in popularity, and Democrats are on edge.


"Language is important, and we have to be very careful that we don’t insult people by saying that the amount of money they get is crumbs," Cleaver said. "We cannot be seen as patricians."


"Nancy Pelosi is calling your tax cuts 'crumbs' and 'pathetic,'" the narrator says in one recent ad from House Republicans’ campaign arm. "Conor Lamb [a Democrat seeking a House seat] sounds just like her."

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