Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia, by Mike Lillis.

Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia.

Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes into the Trump administration’s potential ties to Moscow, taking every opportunity to highlight the saga and forcing floor votes designed to uncover any business dealings the president might have with Russian figures.

But rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare.

Plus there is no evidence that Trump has had any improper or substantial dealings with Russia — where as the Democrats had plenty. It seems to be all a fake news event to damage Trump and shift blame for Hillary’s loss. The public have moved on:

A recent Harvard-Harris poll reveals the risks inherent for the Democrats, who are hoping to make big gains — or even win back the House — in 2018. The survey found that while 58 percent of voters said they’re concerned that Trump may have business dealings with Moscow, 73 percent said they’re worried that the ongoing investigations are preventing Congress from tackling issues more vital to them.

John Hinderaker:

What illegal activity? What unethical activity? Other than the constant leaks by Democratic Party officeholders, there hasn’t been any. Has a major political party ever gone so far off the rails?