Some Democratic insiders says the midterm elections will be ‘terrible’ for the party

While Republicans have insisted that this year’s midterm elections will turn out very well for their party, an article written this week by New York Times contributor Blake Hounshell explained that many Democrats are starting to agree.

Hounshell cited a number of Democratic strategists and consultants who say they could be facing a nightmare when voters cast their ballots later this year. 

“Impending doom”

One piece of evidence that they pointed to is President Joe Biden’s abysmal poll numbers. FiveThirtyEight polling aggregate gives Biden an average approval rating of 42.3%, while a survey conducted by the Trafalgar Group put the figure at just 40%.

What’s more, the Labor Department revealed this month that inflation is growing faster than at any point in the last four decades.

“Are you calling to ask me about our impending doom?” Hounshell quoted an unnamed Democratic strategist as asking when he called.

That feeling appears to be widespread, with former Bill Clinton political advisor Doug Sosnik saying, “It’s going to be a terrible cycle for Democrats.” Sosnik went on to insist that his party only has “a matter of weeks” to make a difference in the election.

Distancing begins

Some Democrats have responded to the president’s unpopularity by attempting to put distance between themselves and the White House.

Hounshell noted that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) “quietly removed the president’s name from news releases about federally funded infrastructure projects.”

Former Obama White House press secretary told Hounshell, “What you’re seeing is people feeling like it’s time to head for the lifeboats rather than trying to steer the ship.”

Hounshell wrote that “a sense of fatalism is setting in among many” within the Democratic Party regarding this year’s election, and it has some looking two years ahead.

Among them is Chad Campbell, a former Arizona state representative turned political consultant who said Democrats need to focus on how things will play out in 2024.

“We have to be cognizant and realistic about where and how we can win,” Campbell was quoted as telling the author.

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