By: Zack Duvall
House and Senate Democrat party leaders are planning to unveil a new populist agenda on Monday, in what is being called a “re-brand” of the party and is the party’s attempt to gain back House and Senate seats lost during the last election, ahead of the 2018 mid-terms.
“When you lose an election with someone who has, say, 40 percent popularity, you look in the mirror and say ‘what did we do wrong’? And the number one thing that we did wrong is we didn’t have– we didn’t tell people what we stood for.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said during an interview for ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday when asked about the reasoning for, and importance of, the new platform being released on Monday.
High profile House and Senate Democrats, such as Schumer and Nancy Pelosi from California, are expected to roll-out the complete details of the new agenda in a presentation in Berryville, Virginia Monday afternoon.
Berryville is in the heart of Republican House member Barbara Comstock’s district, one of the numerous districts that Democrats have said they hope to win in 2018.
The new platform set to be unveiled is expected to outline the Democrat party’s plan to improve the current healthcare laws and cut rising costs, create “millions” of new jobs, and to cut down on corporate monopolies and their impact on wages and small business growth.
Critics of the new agenda say that the party is still failing to address major policy issues that exerts point to as the issues that won Donald Trump the presidency. Issues such as illegal immigration, dealing with global terror threats, and tax reform.
The full title of the new agenda, “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future”, was the source of immediate criticism from Twitter and Facebook users, who mocked the similarity of the party’s new slogan to that of popular pizza chain, Papa Johns.
Despite optimism from many within the party, political experts and analysts say that while the national message is long overdue for the Democrat party, it may not be effective enough to win Democrats any additional seats, especially in the Senate. They cite the fact that 10 of the Democrat held seats are in Republican stronghold states that Donald Trump won in the 2016 Presidential election and those Senators are going to have to develop an individual message and platform that connects with the “blue collar” voters in their districts that voted Republican last year.
However, Democrat leaders have come out to to reject that criticism and have said that moderates within the party have played a huge role in the development of the platform and that it is s message that will “resonate”.
“This economic message platform is going to resonate. It’s what we were missing and it’s not going to be baby steps: it’s going to bold. We’re coming out with it this summer, within a month. You will see it and Democrats will try to pass it legislatively for a year and campaign on it in 2018.” Schumer said in the interview with ABC.
Democrats are expected to have the entirety of the new agenda released publicly, along with all of the details involving potential legislation to achieve the agenda’s goals, by the end of August.