Opinion: Democrats need to change leadership, messaging
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The Democrats are worried, and seemingly with good reason.
Following a loss in the special elections in Georgia and South Carolina, the Democrats are 0 and 4 in chances to regain House seats since the Inauguration of President Trump.
Some House Democrats are pointing the finger at their own minority leader, Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), and her inability to pick up House seats.
Some even called for her to step down from leadership, a position she has held since 2003.
Pelosi addressed those concerns saying this is nothing new to her and it won’t shake her resolve.
"I've always had a challenge in the caucus right from the start," Pelosi said.
“I stay at the pleasure of my caucus and I’m very pleased with the support I have from them.”
It is unlikely she'll be ousted. Pelosi still garners support from the majority of her caucus. What this points to, more importantly, is deficient messaging.
It’s hard to pinpoint what the Democrats’ message currently is - aside from simply being negative toward the president. Are there any positive ideas they are putting forth?
They have criticized the Republicans health care plans in both the House and Senate, but have yet to offer their own plan for either a new healthcare plan or one to bring "Obamacare" off of life support.
It may be that there need to be fresh faces brought in. If you look at the top three members of the House Democrats leadership: Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn, their average age is 76 years old.
If you do the same for the House Republicans – Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise – the average age is 47.
This isn’t about age, but again about bringing in new ideas to provide a new direction and new messaging for the party.
The Democrats are focused on the possibility of winning back both the House and the Senate in 2018.
They seem to be planning on making the election a referendum on President Trump. Now we don’t know what successes or failures the president will have between now and then but we do know based on the recent special elections, using that strategy wasn’t enough to gain Democrats any House seats.
The bottom line is this - either through change in leadership or change in tactics the Democrats need to develop a coherent and authentic message as they work to gain back the trust of voting Americans.