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Sam Stein: Hard to See Dems Making 2018 Gains If They Continue Internal Battles

“I find it difficult to figure out how they can actually make the major inroads they need,” to make in 2018, Stein told “Morning Joe.”

The Daily Beast‘s Sam Stein told the panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday that he finds it hard to envision Democrats making “the major inroads they need to do in the 2018 elections” if the party remains turned against itself.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough asked Stein if there is any evidence that Democrats understand what they are running for in 2018.

“It’s tough,” Stein responded. “This platform that they produced, which was widely mocked for having a slogan that reminded people of Papa John’s pizza, did actually have nuance in it that says they might have been picking up on something.”

The Papa John’s joke about the Democrats’ “A Better Deal” received some laughter from the other participants on the panel.

Stein pointed to Democrats’ plans to go after monopolies and Big Pharma as an example of Democrats starting to understand what led to Donald Trump’s victory in 2016.

Gerrymandered districts and the “perpetual internal war among [Democrats]” are the two problems that the opposition party faces in 2018, according to Stein.

“They are locked in this perpetual internal war among themselves between – and this is an easy way to look at it, but probably not the fair way to look at it – the Sanders wing and Clinton wing,” Stein explained.

Stein cited Democrats fighting over a single payer health care system and whether the party should support candidates who are pro-life as examples of this rift existing.

“These are big, major issues that the party is still grappling with,” Stein concluded. “So long as they’re turned against themselves, I find it difficult to figure out how they can actually make the major inroads they need to do in the 2018 elections.”