Democrats Fear Losing Seats In 2018. Already Blaming Russia and Trump.
Democratic senators fighting to hold on to their seats next year are already setting ups predictable narrative for any losses in 2018: blame the Russians. It appears that Democrats are going to continue to play this hand for the foreseeable future as an excuse for their inability to win nationally, as they seem unwilling to admit that the country is not interested in the leftist/socialist tilt that the national Party has embraced with open arms.
As reported by Politico:
Democratic senators such as Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jon Tester of Montana — who hail from states President Donald Trump won in 2016 — know they’re already facing stiff reelection challenges.
Now they’re concerned the Trump administration is dragging its feet on thwarting sophisticated Russian cyber operations that could have significant impact on their races — and could even sway which party wins control of the Senate. The red- and purple-state Democratic seats are top targets for Republicans hoping to expand their two-seat majority in the Senate; Democrats likely would have to hold all of them if they are to have any hope of retaking the chamber.
“If there isn’t some effort to take steps against Russian interference, every campaign is going to have to be on guard and working against it,” said Casey, describing himself as “very concerned.”
Trump has been reluctant to acknowledge, as various congressional panels have concluded, that Russia overtly interfered in last year’s election. The president has described Moscow’s purported meddling as a “hoax” and said Democrats are making excuses for his defeat of Hillary Clinton in November, even though some members of his own party believe it’s likely to happen again. “You can’t walk away from this and believe that Russia’s not currently active in trying to create chaos in our election process,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the Senate intelligence chairman, said last week.
Democrats say the president’s disinterest has meant there’s been little urgency behind preparing for the next wave of Russian threats, which U.S. intelligence has said included hacking and leaking Democratic operatives’ emails and creating fake Facebook and Twitter accounts to push stories that hurt Clinton.
Rather than own up to their own failings as a Party, Democrats are trying to set the stage for their potential doom at the ballot-box—and if recent history is any gauge of what to expect, Democrats are in serious trouble in the upcoming elections—by blaming the Trump administration and Republicans for not doing enough to stop the Russians.
Here’s the thing, there still is not a shred of evidence that the Russians actually did anything to interrupt our election processes, merely the continued insinuations to that end. All available evidence and people of record have stated that the integrity of our election process was not impeded at all by the Russians, yet, here these endangered politicians are trotting out this tired trope in preparation of yet another beat down at the ballot box.
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