The Democrats have come up with a new approach to attack President Trump during the midterms.
Instead of going after Trump head on, which has repeatedly failed, the Dems have decided to go after policies instead. They are going to drain the swamp, in their favor.
On Monday, they will introduce a new suite of anti-corruption proposals and "democracy reforms" designed to hammer at a variety of allegations of unethical behavior and investigations swirling around the Trump administration and team, from a personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, accused of trading on his access to the President, to cabinet officials like EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, who Democrats accuse of having actively sought to undermine their own agencies' missions.
The initial rollout of "A Better Deal," in 2017, was met with polite applause from progressive Democrats, who were pleased to see the party highlight an economic justice agenda. But the message -- overshadowed on the day by Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers -- has at turns been undermined, Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes told CNN, by a deep and growing public cynicism in American political institutions.
"A lot of this is structural and a lot of it has been around for a long time," Sarbanes said on Monday. "Everybody knows it. The question is what are we going to do about it?"
Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, along with Sarbanes, who chairs the party's "Democracy Reform Task Force" on Capitol Hill and has introduced a comprehensive reform bill called the "Government by the People Act," are hoping this new effort will inspire more faith from voters who might doubt that the party's increasingly ambitious policy goals -- like a deepening commitment to universal health care -- will ever get a fair hearing in the swamp.
"We think this (new rollout) caffeinates, makes stronger and reinforces, all the other messages that are part of 'The Better Deal,'" Sarbanes said. "'A Better Deal for our Democracy' is telling people that we want to find a way to give them their institutions back and make their voice count again."
That means encouraging policy points like automatic voter registration, countering state laws Democrats believe are purpose-built to disenfranchise those already or trying now to get on the rolls, shining new light -- and toughening enforcement -- on dark money groups and, ultimately, reversing the effects of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision with new legislation.
"Automatic voter registration". That sounds kind of suspect doesn't it? How can you add votes to ballot boxes if the voters aren't even registered? Automatically register them! I have a feeling the Democrats are going to continue to fail. Their best bet is to just accept that Donald Trump is the president, and get involved in what's going on.
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