On Sunday’s Face the State, Democratic Political Consultant Tim Warner revealed key elements of Democrat’s 2018 Strategy in his response to a barrage of attacks from his Republican counterpart, guest Aaron Flint.
First, take a few minutes to read this incredible rant about Tim Warner written by our friend Greg Standberg over at Big Sky Words. You won’t regret it.
These strategies were revealed in response to the complete verbal lashing that Warner received from Flint during the discussion. Warner was so taken aback that he was nervous and stammering throughout the interview.
Let’s analyze 3 key elements of the Democrat’s 2018 Strategy:
- Repeat that their candidate is a “Good Guy”
- Obfuscate candidate’s extremism
- Keep candidate’s record vague to prevent scrutiny
Flint posed a simple question to Warner: What has Jon Tester accomplished for the state of Montana while in office? The Democratic Consultant’s answer, repeated over and over: Tester is working “very hard”.
This was a theme we saw right from the start of the discussion, with Warner describing the recent field of Democratic candidates as “fringe” and comparing them to Senator Tester who is a “good person”. He then went on to repeat that talking point about Jesse Lasovich and for Governor Bullock.
In response to questions about Jon Tester’s support for the agenda of Chuck Schumer and other liberal extremists in the Senate, Warner came back to the “working hard” narrative. He’s working hard for our energy industry, working hard for our farmers.. etc.
This reveals more than a preferred saying, it gets to the core of the Democrat’s message for 2018: don’t fault us for our obstruction, our extreme views or our lack of accomplishments because our candidates are “good people” who “work hard”.
It calls back to the failed “experienced, hard working” slogans of Mitt Romney 2012, Jeb Bush 2016 and most importantly, Hillary Clinton. Jon Tester’s record of accomplishments sure can’t be described as anything close to “high energy”. Especially after the 2016 election results, it’s unlikely this “gold star for participating” strategy will be in effective in a political climate demanding change at all costs.