Despite all you’re hearing in the news about Donald Trump and Russia, and assuming (rightly) that the fuel for practically all of the chatter is coming from Democrats, it turns out that the rank-and-file members of the party are weary of the talk.
While the subject has been a favorite of well-heeled Democrats (including highly-compensated news personalities) and party operatives, it seems that “regular” Democrats…the ones who have no choice but to be primarily concerned about how the mortgage will get paid next month, and how much damage the cost of health insurance is going to do to their bank accounts…are now rolling their eyes at continued, breathless mentions on TV about Trump-Russia “collusion.”
One Democratic Party lawmaker laid it out last Thursday during an appearance on MSNBC. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said, “We can't just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren't really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn. They're trying to figure out how they're going to make the mortgage payment, how they're going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like.”
Continuing, Ryan added, “And if we don't talk more about their interest than we do about how we're so angry with Donald Trump and everything that's going on, then we're never going to be able to win elections.”
According to The Hill, another Democratic politician, Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota, said he’s just not hearing anything from voters in his state about the matter of Trump and Russia.
Walz, who’s running for governor in 2018, said, “I did a 22-county tour…nobody’s focusing on that. That’s not to say that they don’t think Russia and those things are important, [but] it’s certainly not top on their minds.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large