Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DCCC priority list needs an economic message. RNC's top priority is paying Trump's legal bills.

Larry Bodine at Blog for Arizona asks How Would You Answer Nancy Pelosi’s Letter?

He’s responding to a letter from Nancy Pelosi.

… I wonder which of the 10 identified issues YOU think Democratic House candidates should focus on to win the 24 seats needed to take the majority back in the House. What would you add?

[To add] You can … go to www.dccc.org/unite2018.

▢ Access to health care for all Americans.
▢ Keeping America’s promise to our seniors.
▢ Wall Street reforms and fighting corporate greed.
▢ Challenge Trump policies that threaten the human and civil rights of refugees and immigrants.
▢ Climate change and protecting our planet.
▢ Defending a woman’s right to choose.
▢ Protect and defend the rights of the LGBTQ community.
▢ Exposing and blocking attacks on voting rights.
▢ Increasing the minimum wage and reviving the American Dream.
▢ Investigating the Trump Administration.

Frankly, I was disappointed to see that the economy was not spelled out as an issue. It’s the one issue that will win elections. Remember Bill Clinton saying, “It’s the economy, stupid“?

Raising the minimum wage is part of that. You can disagree with me, but I think the Democrats need to spend less time on hot-button social issues, and more on economic development.

Scriber thinks Bodine is right. We are now into our 5th decade of stagnant wages and hyper-inequality. I can’t help feeling that that had something to do with electing Trump. It’s not that I dismiss the importance of any of the above issues. What I miss in the list is a stronger, Roosevelt-ian economic message.

RNC priority: Pay Trump’s legal bills

Speaking of priorities, here’s one from FiveThirtyEight’s Significant Digits email this morning.

$231,250
The Republican National Committee is helping to pay President Trump’s legal bills in relation to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the potential involvement of Trump associates. The RNC confirmed that it paid $100,000 to Trump’s lead lawyer, John Dowd, and $131,250 to the Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy Group, where another Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow, is a partner. [Reuters]

Rachel Maddow reported on this last night in “Trump paying Russia scandal legal bills with RNC donor money.”
Rachel Maddow shares new reports that Donald Trump is using money donated to the Republican National Committee to pay for lawyers for himself, family and staffers in the Trump Russia investigation. Duration: 6:46

At least the DCCC does not have “pay legal bills” on their list.

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