I think Steve M is on to something.
Many Democrats who want to win back the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are focused on whether the party should nominate a moderate, a male, a white person. They’re concerned with rebuking Ilhan Omar and shushing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Maybe they should try pointing out — to the white heartlanders who tell pollsters they “somewhat support” Trump rather than “strongly support him,” or the ones who warily voted for him in 2016 and are now on the fence — that Trump is not doing what they were rooting for him to do if elected. He’s breaking promise after promise. We keep saying that Trump is a larger-than-life grotesque monster. Maybe we should be saying he’s simply a lousy president.
Our portrayal of Trump as an outsize villain elevates him. Saying he just plain sucks at his job would bring him down to size.
It’s one thing to go after him for his crimes and corruption, but it’s a lot easier to point out that he’s accomplished exactly the opposite of what he said he would do. The budget and trade deficits that he promised to wipe out are soaring thanks to the tax bill and tariffs; his promised health care proposals made even the Republicans defend Obamacare; it’s a joke to say he’s going to do something about the infrastructure, and his cabinet secretaries — those that are still in place — are doing nothing but making noise and dodging subpoenas or internal auditors. He’s trashed our foreign policy by alienating our allies and sucking up to rich dictators, emboldened North Korea and their nuclear weapons, done nothing about the opioid crisis, and other than scream about building a wall, done nothing substantive about immigration. Basically, the 2016 campaign has never ended — he’s still obsessed with Hillary Clinton — and he’s never actually taken on the day-to-day hard work of being president. He sits on his ass in his bathrobe and watches TV.
Run against that and win.