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Don Schneier: Democrats need to wake up

  • President Donald Trump's motorcade leaves Capitol Hill after a ceremony for new Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh at the Sumpreme Court, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.  AP PHOTO/J. Scott Applewhite


Friday, November 09, 2018
Democrats need to wake up

By winning control of the House, the Democrats have regained some of the power that they squandered over the past three decades.  

To continue effectively rebuilding, they need to acknowledge the reality of Trump’s strengths, including a success where they have failed — keeping Wall Street happy, while, via aggressive protectionist measures, addressing some of the fears of the economically vulnerable.  

One way to challenge that strength is by arguing that his environmental policies are economically destructive — the costliness of extreme weather, and of illness, that are demonstrably consequences of those policies.

But, as long as Democrats maintain allegiances to the fossil fuel and health care industries, they will be incapable of taking advantage of that vulnerability of Trump.

Don Schneier
​​​​​​​Northampton