The Democrats are at war — with each other. And it could spell disaster in November.

The Democrats are at war — with each other. And it could spell disaster in November. By Douglas Schoen. Are Democrats caught in a culture-war trap?

Voters in Democratic primaries are split between staunchly progressive and more moderate factions. In the struggle for leadership of the party, supporters of each faction are potentially fatally weakening the Democrats for November contests, and potentially for the 2020 elections as well. That could pave the way for President Trump to be re-elected.

There has been a dramatic change in the generic polling for Congress. Republicans now lead Democrats by 1 point, according to Reuters. Moreover, there has been a dramatic improvement in President Trump’s approval rating, with the Real Clear Average now up to 44 percent. …

The party, deeply split between its progressive and moderate wings, is divided on both message and tactics. …

The progressive agenda focuses primarily on resisting President Trump at every step, labeling his every action a scandal, and calling for his impeachment without any vetted or verifiable evidence of wrongdoing. Progressives also advocate a redistribution of wealth without any long-term plan to fund policies such as Medicare-for-All or guaranteed employment.

The moderates offer a distinctly different worldview. They offer a plan for inclusive economic growth and an alternative set of policies to resolve the issues surrounding immigration and health care. At the same time, they reject party-line loyalty to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and calls for President Trump’s impeachment. …

When looking at the electorate, there is no evidence that formerly working-class Democrats who defected to President Trump in 2016 — or simply didn’t turn out for Hillary Clinton — will respond to a nearly socialist message from Democrats or to increasingly vitriolic attacks on the president. …

The reason these voters see no incentive to return to the Democratic Party is because the leadership lacks a plan to effectively counter President Trump’s initial success on economic revitalization by reducing taxes and cutting regulations. The stock market has made gains and unemployment has fallen below 4 percent for the first time since 2000. …

Much to the Democrats’ chagrin, the latest CBS/YouGov poll finds that 68 percent of the public credits President Trump for their personal economic success.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific