Chuck Schumer thought he had it made.
He was counting on the American people rebelling against Trump and handing power back to the Democrats in 2018.
But one expert just delivered the worst news of his life.
Former Bill Clinton strategist James Carville was asked in a recent radio interview about the Democrats chances to win back control of the Senate in 2018.
His answer painted a bleak picture for the minority party.
“Democratic operative James Carville said Saturday that Democrats face an uphill battle if they want to win back the Senate in 2018.
“I think right now most Democrats are trying to focus on the 2018 elections and trying to recruit people and keep incumbents, and you know I would say we have a pretty good chance of taking the House back. The Senate is very, very difficult,” Carville told John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.
“The problem in the Senate is we have a large number of seats we have to hold in states that Donald Trump carried. Indiana, Missouri, you know, places like that we have to hold seats,” Carville added.
Carville remained doubtful that Democrats would be able to pick up new seats typically in Republican strongholds.
“The only places where we have an opportunity for pick up are, you know, Nevada is pretty good. After that Arizona is less good, then you’re down to Texas and Alabama, and for Democrats to win the Senate back, they have to pick up three seats,” Carville said.”
A new ABC/Washington Post poll points to a sign that the Democrats may have a tougher 2018 midterm election than they previously thought:
“Whatever Trump’s struggles, the poll shows clear risks of Democrats’ opposition to Trump. Some 37 percent say the party currently stands for something, while 52 percent say it mainly stands against Trump. Even among Democrats, over one-quarter say their party primarily stands in opposition to Trump rather than for their own agenda.”
Being “not Trump” was Hillary Clinton’s message in 2016.
It was a loser.
If the Democrats repeat this strategy in 2018 they will lose again.
You can’t beat something with nothing.
And while the press and the Democrats hate Trump’s message, his call to Make America Great Again resonated with voters in states that normally went blue.
Trump offered people hope for a better life and these voters handed Republicans united government.
Democrats will not be able to break that grip just by being the “resistance.”
But their rabid left-wing base is demanding nothing but hatred for Trump from their elected officials.
Their number one demand is to impeach the President.
If that is what the Democrats hitch their wagon to, 2018 will be another disastrous election and Chuck Schumer will spend another cycle relegated to Minority Leaders.