Survey data suggests that Republicans are set to do well in this year’s midterm elections, with a polling aggregate published by RealClearPolitics giving them a 3.3% advantage.
The situation has gotten so bad that MSNBC columnist Michael Cohen recently advised Democrats to brace for a bloodbath come November.
“Going to get worse”
According to Fox News, Cohen made the admission in an article last week called “I have some bad news for Democrats: As bad as things seem now, they’re almost certainly going to get worse.”
In a move that some may find counterintuitive, Cohen suggested that rather than attempting to mitigate their losses through moderation, Democrats should instead accept defeat and push their agenda while they still can.
He said the party “would be better off acknowledging the reality that the midterm elections are going to be a bloodbath and focus instead on accomplishing as much as possible before then — the politics be damned.”
“While there may be some political upside, the bigger and more important reason is that it’s the right thing to do. After all, it’s the reason voters elected them in November 2020,” he continued.
Biden told to push ahead
“All these measures would be controversial — and likely spark a political backlash,” Cohen admitted. “Some may not survive judicial review or could be overturned by a future Congress.”
“But at this point in Biden’s presidency, his back is to the wall, and his dreams of having an FDR-like presidency are fading away the closer we get to November.”
Cohen wrote that Biden should “try to achieve what he can now — and do so before Election Day in the fleeting hope that it might minimize his party’s midterm losses.”
“But Democrats would also help themselves by remembering why most of them ran for office and got elected in the first place: to get things done,” he insisted.
Cohen asked what “the point of electing Democrats in the first place” if the party isn’t passing the sort of legislation that its candidates campaigned on.
Rather, he declared that Democrats should spend “the next 6½ months pushing a progressive policy agenda” since “it’s not as if they have much hope anyway.”