Even President Joe Biden acknowledged the party’s messaging problems.
“Build back better,” which was the favored message of the White House — and many congressional Democrats during Biden’s first year in office — has fallen out of favor, as the eponymous bill that was to include much of the President’s domestic agenda now appears moribund.
The simple fact is that Democrats are nowhere when it comes to landing on a message they can bring to persuadable voters this fall.
The political reality — over decades of elections — is that the onus falls on the party in power to make the case for why they should stay in power. Voters tend not to expect a detailed plan of action from the minority party, usually casting votes for them based solely on a desire to see someone else in charge.
And Democrats control not just the White House, but the Senate and House as well. Voters are not ignorant of this fact.
The Point: A message may not save Democrats, given the way the political winds are blowing at the moment and the historical trends that suggest major losses — particularly in the House. But without any message, they can surely kiss their majorities goodbye.