As election night 2022 gets closer, Democrats fear Americans are going to hold them responsible for soaring inflation, gas, and food prices.
And while most midterm elections favor the party not in the White House, Democrats have an especially difficult uphill battle to wage.
Democrat campaign ads have more than the usual “I’m independent” edge to them this year in an attempt to distance themselves from a very unpopular president and economic calamity.
Kinda Sound Like Republicans
A recent report from Fox News Digital found that the trend for Democrats across the country is to campaign on instances, real or perhaps perceived, where not only did they break with their own party and Joe Biden, but were able to work with Republicans.
Some are just adopting outright conservative positions.
Take Rep. Dan Kildee in Michigan, who touts that he “pushed to cut the gas tax and hire more police officers.” He continues in the ad saying, “And while none of this will make me popular in Washington, I’m focused on doing what’s right for Michigan.”
Inflation, military service, and law and order are also big themes for Maine Democrat Jared Golden.
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Golden wants voters to think he’s very independent and stands up to his own party, which is false. He votes with Biden 86% of the time.
Democrats: The New ‘Populists’
Far-left Pennsylvania Senate candidate and Bernie Sanders supporter John Fetterman wants you to know that Washington is the source of all your problems.
The Washington insiders, you see, broke the supply chain and “spiked inflation.” That’s why we need to cut taxes.
Of course, Washington is entirely run by the Democrats. And they just passed a massive tax hike bill.
While running from the Democrat Party and Joe Biden, Democrat candidates are touting crossing the aisle abilities to work with Republicans. Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids has done just that.
Richards notes that she “stood up to her own party” against congressional pay raises and insider trading among Members of Congress.
In essence, she’s unintentionally saying that the Democrats are the party of congressional pay raises and insider trading among Members of Congress. Seems like a strange thing to say, no?
Some Democrat candidates may appear to be saying just enough to achieve that independent, not-afraid-to-against-the-party vibe, but Ohio Rep. Nancy Kaptur is one of the strongest to distance herself from the party.
The narrator is heard in her as saying, “Joe Biden is letting Ohio solar manufacturers be undercut by China, but Marcy Kaptur is fighting back.” Then there is the statement that Kaptur “is not working for Biden,” but is “working with Republican Rob Portman, protecting our jobs.”
Fetterman in new ad blames Washington for economic ‘mess.’ Fetterman a true Democrat, always speaking from both sides of his mouth. He was for the Biden's policies until it became a liability for his campaign. Claim to vote against Biden's policies are LIES.
— Bart Ohama (@theasianoracle) August 18, 2022
Is It A Strategy That Will work?
As Democrats scurry to the center before the election, is it a strategy that will be successful when 70% of voters think the country is moving in the wrong direction? It may have some effect on Senate races.
The Cook Political Report has deemed several key Senate races “toss ups,” including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Democrat strategist Kevin Walling believes that “Democrats should absolutely campaign on the Inflation Reduction Act…”
However, Nathan Brand, spokesman for the Republican National Committee lays it out bluntly:
“Joe Biden is one of the least popular presidents in modern history. Democrats tout tax hikes as ‘wins,’ and Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Democrats have enriched left-wing special interests and done nothing to alleviate the pain struggling Americans face every day because of Joe Biden. Biden remains a burden to every Democrat running in November.”
If #Republicans can't make a campaign ad out of #Democrats sending 87,000 new #IRS agents storming middle-class homes and laying off 87,000 cops from #police forces around the country, then I will make one on my phone and they can pay me for it.
— Frank Hill (@Telemachus111) August 21, 2022
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