Opinion: Democrats' new message could point to bipartisan action
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) - Problems - we all have them.
The first step to dealing with any problem is admitting it exists. The Democrats on the Hill are taking that step.
“When you lose an election with someone who has, say, 40 percent popularity, you look in the mirror and say what did we do wrong? And the number one thing that we did wrong is we didn't have -- we didn't tell people what we stood for," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on ABC this past weekend.
The Democrats do appear to be learning from their losses in the 2016 presidential election and the subsequent four congressional special elections. They understand that they have largely fallen out of touch with the American people.
A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that only 37 percent of Americans think the Democratic Party stands for something. Fifty two percent says it just stands against President Trump.
What is the Democratic Party to do?
Apparently it is to have a mix of 10 senators and representatives drive 65 miles west of Washington, D.C. and announce a new plan - “A Better Deal: Better Jobs. Better Wages. Better Future.” Yes, the slogan may remind you of a popular pizza chain that rhymes with "Papa Don’s."
Going past the slogan, there are some concrete policy proposals presented by the Democrats.
- Creating 10 million jobs through apprenticeship programs and tax incentives.
- Lowering prescription drug prices.
- Setting new, tougher, standards for corporate mergers.
There are some strong issues here to focus on. Actually, the Trump administration is already working on some of them. Could this actually be a nod to agreement across the aisle?
Last month, President Trump signed an executive order to substantially increase the number of apprenticeships in the United States.
The administration is also working on plans to address the high cost of prescription drugs. President Trump campaigned on that very issue.
Slogans are great, but the Democrats now need to connect with the American people through actions, not just words. Movement on agenda items where Democrats agree with the White House would be a good start. Since parts of the new Democrat Better Deal fall in line with some of the policies of the White House, we can hope for concrete bipartisan achievements, not gridlock. And that’s the bottom line.