At Dem “Ideas Conference,” One Question Dominates: Do They Have Any Ideas?

By NTK Staff | 05.17.2017 @8:26am
At Dem “Ideas Conference,” One Question Dominates: Do They Have Any Ideas?

The liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) held its first-ever "Ideas Conference" on Tuesday, but reports suggest the conference was short on ideas.

Democrats’ first 2020 cattle call – called the “2017 Ideas Conference” – featured lots of potential candidates, lots of talk about the Trump controversies in Washington, and very little of one thing: ideas.

That’s the conclusion of multiple media outlets that covered the event on Wednesday, which featured potential 2020 presidential candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Some outlets, like The Washington Post, warned that Democrats focusing on breaking Trump stories out of Washington, at the expense of ideas, had been there before:

But in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s defeat, Democrats remember umpteen moments when it seemed that Trump would collapse — and they remember voters who thought Clinton focused on her opponent’s miscues at the expense of a message to nonvoters and the white working class.

The Daily Beast noted how Trump’s Russia controversies “superseded” all discussions:

The insanity surrounding the Russia investigation even superseded discussions of the widely disparaged House passage of the American Health Care Act something which Democrats have seen as so toxic that it could win them midterm elections.

And liberals’ favorite impeachment supporter was there:

And of course, Representative Maxine Waters called for his impeachment.

VICE‘s headline read that Democrats “gleefully savage[d] Trump,” but that alone will not bring them back to power:

Capitalizing on Trump’s missteps alone, however, won’t help Democrats come to understand the populist wave that helped define and determine the election last year, and which shows no signs of slowing down. An ABC News/Washington Post poll in April showed that 67 percent of Americans feel the Democratic Party is out of touch with the concerns of most Americans, compared to 58 percent who felt similarly about Trump.

And Politico put it more simply: “It’s All About Russia.” (Editor’s Note: many remember when President Obama and Democrats mocked Mitt Romney for warning about Russia in 2012.)

Yes, Democrats discussed policy at Wednesday’s conference. But reports made it clear that the party’s base wants nothing less and nothing more than “resistance” to Trump. Can the Democrats be more than a protest party in the age of Trump?

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