When I read Angie Craig’s quotes in this article, the first thing I thought of was that Craig wasn’t happy with Speaker Pelosi’s initial actions. Craig is quoted as saying “The speaker listened. That’s all she did today. The speaker listened to us. I’m in a district where I think I’ve been reluctant to move forward only from the perspective of, I want to be disciplined, I want to look at due process, and I want to make sure we have all of our facts. And this inquiry will allow us to do that. And I’m very supportive of Adam Schiff and what he and his committee [are doing].”
The first thing that jumps off the page at me is that she’s “very supportive of Adam Schiff.” That’s a stunning admission on Craig’s part. She’s representing Minnesota’s 2nd District, not Minnesota’s 4th or Fifth districts.
Further, asking the most tone-deaf Democrat politician how to message something in a Minnesota House race sounds a little desperate. I’d also suggest that people who don’t know how to message an issue probably shouldn’t have staked out their political position. I’d point Ms. Craig to this article, which says this:
According to a Quinnipiac University national poll published Wednesday morning, Limbaugh may be on to something. The poll, which received 1,337 responses from registered voters across the political spectrum, indicated that support for Trump’s impeachment sits below 40 percent. Opposition, on the other hand, is at 57 percent.
My point is that this isn’t a packaging issue. It’s a content issue. This is how Doug Collins expressed it in his opening statement for the House Judiciary Committee’s Lewandowski hearing:
Collins said that “I’ve never seen a majority who’ve been so amazed with packaging in my life. You know why? It’s because they can’t sell what’s inside.” Craig has the same difficulty. It isn’t the packaging. It’s the crap that’s inside. Just a third of registered voters want Democrats to impeach President Trump. The American people are trying to tell Pelosi’s Democrats that this isn’t that big of a deal to them. They’re saying that this doesn’t rise to the level of “treason, bribery, high crimes or misdemeanors.”
Ms. Craig has a Schiff problem. She’s listening to Chairman Schiff too much. That won’t play well next October because Schiff has said a thousand things that are perfect for campaign commercials. Schiff is a California nutjob. That might play well in Minnesota’s 4th or Fifth districts but Minnesota’s 2nd District is a totally different critter.
The Democrats are heading for a difficult year whoever they pick as their presidential nominee. The bad news for them is that things can get worse if Democrats are pictured as Do-Nothing Democrats or Impeachment Democrats.