If Democrats want to defeat the Republican cabal now in power, they need to be more than the Party of No. It’s not enough to simply bash Trump, who won mainly because he promised to help Main Street over Wall Street. Yes, Democrats need to draw attention to Trump’s repeated broken promises—everything he’s done since January has been one long ass kiss to privileged plutocrats. But more importantly, the party needs to present real solutions to real problems. In other words, they need to lay out a specific vision for the future: better healthcare, jobs, education and safety.
This is not to say that the ongoing investigations into possible collusion between the Trump camp and Russia aren’t important. Let Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Congress do their job, and let the evidence reveal the truth. The results could well turn out to be more significant than lying about a burglary at the Watergate complex. Trump’s damning tax returns might even be flushed into the open, and there’s likely a smoking gun there. Still, it is essential that Democratic energies focus on concrete plans for winning next year’s midterms.