While I know that just the name, Rahm Emanuel makes your stomach churn, you must admit that the rabid Democrat / Liberal faction still idolize him. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is one of the Democrat’s top strategists. He was the mastermind of the candidate recruitment strategy which led to the Democrats seizing control of the House in 2006 and he was also Barack Obama’s first chief of staff.
But he gave a message to Democrats about the next election cycle that they didn’t like. He told them that in Midterm elections the Party in power usually doesn’t end up faring very well. Will the GOP succumb to the same feat in 2018? Apparently, Rahm doesn’t believe so.
According to Breitbart:
“Emanuel said in 2016, “Now Democrats are in the lowest level since 1928 in the House of Representatives and the lowest level since 1925 in the state houses. Not really good.” adding,” It is hard to imagine it getting lower.”
Rahm further explained:
“You got to go out and create a farm team. In ’06 and ’08 everybody goes, ‘Oh that’s when we took back the House.’ You know I got a lot of crap for recruiting Iraq War vets, football players, sheriffs, and business people. I said well they are running in Republican districts. I wanted to take cultural issues off the table and I wanted to present economic issues. We as Democrats like to walk around ideally — No . . . you got to be ruthless enough. We recruited people who matched the district. If you’re running in a Republican district, you got to get at somebody who can win in a Republican district. Winning is everything. You don’t win; you can’t make the public policy. I say that because it is hard for people in our party to accept that principle. Sometimes you just got to win. Okay? Our party likes to be right even if they lose.”
“Democrats love doing a fire squad in a circle. Stop that. Don’t attack, they are too moderate. Forget about it. Stop it. This guy and these people are about to do something on the tax code, the regulatory environment and things that are more threatening than what a fellow Democrat might slightly disagree with you on. Stop it. We’re not strong enough to do that. It took us a long time to get this low. It ain’t gonna happen in 2018. Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul. And if you think it’s going to be a quick turn around like that, it’s not.”
The Democratic base has become totally unhinged. They are demanding 100% resistance to the Trump agenda. And while denying Trump any support may help Red State Democrats ward off a primary challenge, fighting Trump on priorities such as the National Right to Work Act, legislation to stop illegal immigration, repealing Obamacare, and tax cuts while still paying homage to their brand of identity politics – could doom them with more conservative and working class votes.
Democrats face a particularly difficult Senate map for 2018 Election. While they just need to win 3 seats to install Chuck Schumer as Majority Leader, they must also defend 23 seats. Ten of which include states that Donald Trump won in 2016. Some pundits believe the GOP could capture enough seats to hold a filibuster proof majority starting in 2019. But holding on to the seats in the states Trump won could prove even more difficult difficult than previously thought and that is something that their Top strategist is telling them just won’t happen in 2018.