We constantly hear about how Democrats have all the momentum and about how the whole country hates Trump. If you turn on cable news they are doing their best to convince people that Republicans are going to get hammered in the upcoming midterms. They very well might suffer some defeats. History shows that most parties who aren’t in power do well in midterms. However, it’s not a guarantee that the GOP is going to suffer losses.
If Democrats had impressive momentum wouldn’t they be raking in cash hand over fist? Wouldn’t they have more money than they knew what to do with?
Well, that’s not what’s happening. In fact, the opposite is happening.
In an attempt to rejuvenate the beleaguered Democratic party, DNC national chairman Tom Perez announced $10 million for state parties in hopes that the surge of cash would help rebuild the party after embarrassing 2016 losses across the board against the GOP. Yet, many state leaders are now worried that that money is never going to actually come, reports Vice News.
“What our fear is, is that no matter how high this wave is in 2018, that we won’t have the ability to take advantage of that and win governors races, congressional races, and state legislative races that would normally be out of reach but could be competitive,” Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman, told VICE News.
Democrats, who are hoping for a blue wave in response to Anti-Trump sentiment across the country, have struggled continuously with fundraising efforts since he end of 2016. As noted by Vice, the Democrat party did not even have $10 million on hand last November 30th. They had a measly $6.4 million compared to the GOP’s $39.8 million cash.
Does this sound like a party that is energizing its base?
On the flipside, the GOP is killing it when it comes to raising money.
From Washington Times:
The Republican National Committee is on track to raise $130 million in 2017 with Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel topping her predecessors’ fundraising totals for any off-year election cycle.
Mrs. McDaniel, the second woman ever to hold the job, made fundraising her top priority in 2017 after a tough presidential cycle gained the party a surprising White House victory.
“It’s a rewarding, though sometimes grueling job, but fighting for a party and president I believe in makes it all worthwhile,” Mrs. McDaniel said.
The RNC has already raised over $120 million, according to their latest filing, and one insider says the party is on track to finish out 2017 with strong totals.
In terms of the fundraising, the Republicans are the ones with the momentum. Liberals really need to be careful here. Winning in Alabama was a big deal but there were some aspects of that result that had nothing to do with Trump. Liberals were confident in 2016. How did that work out? Democrats, for the most part, live in an echo chamber and they love listening to themselves talk about how rude Trump is. The problem with that is they aren’t really addressing the needs of Americans who live in Middle America. That’s Trump’s sweet spot and it’s hard to make the argument that Democrats have effectively targeted those voters since 2016.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]