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toys not here in New York from a democratic congressman from New York Steve is really serve as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 2011 to 2015 is the author of the novel big guns congressman just a moment but I know you’re a Mets fan I was just thumbing through the box score talk about the peace it’s a theory interesting once you to think for the hill as to what is behind president Trump is threat of a government shutdown less than 100 days before the midterm elections Steve rights and park is Donald Trump a Machiavellian Savant who knows that is only pass the election is that helped elect a Democratic Congressional majority in 2018 in 2020 you won’t be able to cast down valid blame on his own party or run against his own Congressional majority this present is in Desperate search of a foil and what airfoil in Democrats in control of Congress in the Wall Street Journal floated a similar theory that there may be some strange genius to all this do you really believe it rational explanation even from an irrational president for him to demand a shutdown of the federal government in a midterm election less than a hundred days unless you really want to help Democrat experience in which I share the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as you said August to October 2013 brutal midterm environment President Obama have been elected in 2012 we were about halfway through the generic ballot was flatlined I was basically cold calling candidates in competitive districts in the night shift within days I no longer was cold calling candidates I didn’t have enough time to call and return their calls the generic battle at the generic ballot prefer Democrats by double-digits 80% of Voters proof of the shutdown 53% blame Republicans compared to 20% who blamed the president it’s shifted the environment so what Donald Trump is doing right now is he playing with fire Republicans don’t shut down the government in an election year because they know it’s the only do it in hockey are so that they can put out the fire Donald Trump now says let’s shut it down why against Republicans there on the ballot with him he needs a foil work better for a land house Democrat King at the way the president has approached Republicans he’s largely agnostic as to who controls the house and quite frankly the Senate although the Senate is beneficial for Supreme Court nominees president doesn’t really give a damn about this legislative process your exactly point the better foil for him coming out of a 2018 is to spend the next 18 months or ringing against Nancy Pelosi or whoever is the speaker of the house under Democratic control and making setting them up as the narrative for his reelection you know and so it’s not so much about the party we remember Donald Trump is not a republican we keep acting like play political convenience for him he’s going to use the parties the political convenience for this election cycle to set up his reelect should he decide to really pursue a foil the Democrats offered a better pallet for him than Republic on the other hand K2 the president’s promise to be on the campaign Trail he said 6 or 7 days a week whatever it takes for republicans in competitive districts last time anybody score 25 in the midterm elections mean we’ve heard a lot about but abolish ice there’s a lot of kind of disconnecting the party a lot of these districts that you guys need to win sure there’s there’s Alexandria ocasio-cortez but you know that’s a different kind of tour then where you actually need to win to take back the house about 58 competitive districts on the battlefield right now that may change their maybe a few more few left as we go deeper into the cycle of those 58 the most I can count in terms of democrat cat defending District’s is 10 to 11 the balance or republican District. Here’s the thing if you are running in Brooklyn New York your message is going to be different than if you were running in Brooklyn Iowa which just happens to be in one of the competitive Republican districts and so the one thing that concerns me is Democrats will continue to be fixated on the need for a gold-plated inside-the-beltway boilerplate message that just doesn’t work in that the divorce rate they need to win that you’re talking about abolishing ice in an impeachment it may rev up our base and that’s important but more importantly to get the majority and post checks and balances to this President is winning in right-of-center District Democratic candidates to find the message that works in those districts are you worried about too many candidates running as resistance Fighters against Donald Trump 210 struggle to find a national message that just with the local mentality the district versus the west coast to the East Coast today’s biggest stories and you can click on any of the videos around us to watch more for Morning Joe and MSNBC thanks so much for watching
In a new Hill column, fmr. Rep. Steve Israel asks of President Trump ‘Is [he] is colluding with Nancy Pelosi instead of Vladimir Putin?’. Fmr. Rep. Israel joins Morning Joe to discuss.
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