"Morning Joe" anchor Joe Scarborough may have left the Republican Party, but judging by his remarks Friday morning, you shouldn't expect him to jump over to the other side. The Democrats have had a rough year. Not only did they lose a general election by all means they should have won, they have since lost special election after special election. Their attempts to rectify the situation have made it worse. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined Nancy Pelosi and a few other top Democrats to unveil their "Better Deal" agenda a few weeks ago. It missed the mark, according to the MSNBC anchors.
Scarborough observed how "disconnected" the Democratic Party is from working class voters and whether they could really "blow the advantage" they appear to have over the GOP, who is struggling themselves after failing to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Scarborough drew rebuke from co-host Mika Brzezinski when he said that Democrats were “clueless.” While he admitted that there were a few good ads from Democrats, he said that the national party was “clueless.”
“They are just as disconnected from working-class Americans as they’ve ever been,” Scarborough said. “I mean are they going to blow this advantage that Trump’s been giving to them. Is there concerns among Democratic activists and Democratic donors that the Democratic leadership still doesn’t get it?”
Brzezinski, who is liberal, couldn't help snickering herself when mentioning the Democrats' "better deal."
The Democrats' slogan has been harpooned by social media users too. When it first came out, tweeters wondered whether they wouldn't be better off trying to sell pizza.
Protester pokes fun at Dems slogan "Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future," which critics have likened to Papa Johns slogan pic.twitter.com/IqZF2P0Nk6— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) July 24, 2017
The first step is to admitting the problem. Schumer has at least yielded to the idea that perhaps Hillary Clinton, with all of her baggage and lack of inspired messaging, was perhaps not the best candidate they had to offer.
"When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don't blame other things -- Comey, Russia -- you blame yourself," Schumer told The Washington Post over the weekend. "So what did we do wrong? People didn't know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that."
Another possibility: What they stand for also isn't working.