Democrats pushed Al Franken out so they can claim the moral high ground

Al Franken’s resignation just helped the Democrats for the midterm elections

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Al Franken's resignation just helped the Democrats for the midterm elections

Al Franken’s res­ig­na­tion is one thing for the Democ­rats: part of a strat­egy. They will pre­tend to lament, but they real­ize they’re not really los­ing any­thing they hadn’t already lost when the alle­ga­tions were first made. He will be replaced by another lib­eral Demo­c­rat, one who doesn’t have the bag­gage Franken has accumulated.

Behind closed doors, they’re cel­e­brat­ing. This is a great PR move for them because it allows them to hold the moral high ground. Now they can go after Pres­i­dent Trump, Roy Moore if he wins, and all the Repub­li­cans who sup­ported either or both of them. They’ll point to Franken and John Cony­ers and say, “we police our own, but the Repub­li­cans do not.”

In other words, they’ll try to ride the wave of sex­ual mis­con­duct all the way to majori­ties in the House and Sen­ate in 2018.

Repub­li­cans will be cheer­ing today now that Franken has resigned. They shouldn’t. This is bad news for them. As Franken noted in his res­ig­na­tion speech, the Repub­li­cans have a guy in the Oval Office who has been caught on tape say­ing things very crudely against women. It wasn’t enough to keep him out of office, but with the cur­rent envi­ron­ment of sex­ual mis­con­duct accu­sa­tions tak­ing down pow­er­ful men, Democ­rats are now posi­tioned to build a strong midterm elec­tion narrative.

If Moore wins, they’ll attach him to Trump. Whether Moore wins or loses, the Democ­rats will attach Trump to every Repub­li­can run­ning for office in 2018. They won’t focus on pol­icy or polit­i­cal maneu­vers. The new agenda is to make this emo­tional. As many polit­i­cal strate­gists know all too well, emo­tion trumps pol­icy when it comes to votes.

As Trump’s pop­u­lar­ity rises, it will be dif­fi­cult for Repub­li­cans run­ning for office to aban­don him. They can’t afford to lose his base, but they may not be able to afford the dam­age Democ­rats can do by invok­ing him with Inde­pen­dents. It’s a catch-​22 for the Repub­li­can Party and Al Franken’s res­ig­na­tion made midterm elec­tions seem even more bleak for them.

Al Franken’s resignation is one thing for the Democrats: part of a strategy. They will pretend to lament, but they realize they’re not really losing anything they hadn’t already lost when the allegations were first made. He will be replaced by another liberal Democrat, one who doesn’t have the baggage Franken has accumulated.

Behind closed doors, they’re celebrating. This is a great PR move for them because it allows them to hold the moral high ground. Now they can go after President Trump, Roy Moore if he wins, and all the Republicans who supported either or both of them. They’ll point to Franken and John Conyers and say, “we police our own, but the Republicans do not.”

In other words, they’ll try to ride the wave of sexual misconduct all the way to majorities in the House and Senate in 2018.

Republicans will be cheering today now that Franken has resigned. They shouldn’t. This is bad news for them. As Franken noted in his resignation speech, the Republicans have a guy in the Oval Office who has been caught on tape saying things very crudely against women. It wasn’t enough to keep him out of office, but with the current environment of sexual misconduct accusations taking down powerful men, Democrats are now positioned to build a strong midterm election narrative.

If Moore wins, they’ll attach him to Trump. Whether Moore wins or loses, the Democrats will attach Trump to every Republican running for office in 2018. They won’t focus on policy or political maneuvers. The new agenda is to make this emotional. As many political strategists know all too well, emotion trumps policy when it comes to votes.

As Trump’s popularity rises, it will be difficult for Republicans running for office to abandon him. They can’t afford to lose his base, but they may not be able to afford the damage Democrats can do by invoking him with Independents. It’s a catch-22 for the Republican Party and Al Franken’s resignation made midterm elections seem even more bleak for them.