Excerpt: Many factors will shape midterm elections

Published 6:48 pm Wednesday, May 30, 2018

From a Washington Post column by Ed Rogers about midterm elections:

So will the Democrats, saddled with a bunch of left-wingers, stay silent and try to let President Trump sink the Republican Party from within, or will they speak up and risk sinking themselves when voters begin to fear that the economic momentum forming now will be lost without Trump and those backing him in Congress? Democrats are running without an economic message, hoping talk of so-called progressive ideals will somehow be preferable to a good economy produced by Republicans.

CBS reports, “Nearly 2 in 3 Americans think the nation’s economy is in good shape, and most of them believe President’s Trump’s policies are at least somewhat responsible for that.”

Still, Republicans don’t fully know how to build off Trump’s accomplishments while distancing themselves from some of his bad behavior. The big question for Republicans is how silent, sheepish or apologetic will some candidates have to be in their embrace of Trump without hurting turnout among Trump voters?