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CT Dem Jim Himes: We’ll “Pay a Huge Political Cost” if We Keep Focusing on Culture Wars

November 6, 2017 By Staff
CT Dem Jim Himes: We’ll “Pay a Huge Political Cost” if We Keep Focusing on Culture Wars

The Connecticut Democrat seemed to implore his party to focus on economic issues as the 2018 midterm elections approach.

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) is sending a message to his party: continue focusing on the culture wars, and Democrats will pay a huge political cost.

Himes told McClatchy, in an article published Monday morning, that Democrats “keep falling” for President Trump’s bait on cultural issues, which “keep us talking about anything other than jobs and economic well-being.”

Himes’ comments to McClatchy are below:

“As much as I’m appalled by the daily actions from the Oval Office, I have to admire the president’s ability to keep us talking about anything other than jobs and economic well-being,” said Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut. “If we keep falling for that, we will pay a huge political cost.”

…“This is hard, right?” said Himes, the congressman from Connecticut. “When the president equivocates about Nazis, damn right we’re going to speak up. When he attacks the First Amendment, we took an oath to defend that thing.”

McClatchy also referenced Trump’s feud with NFL players over kneeling during the national anthem, and his decision to ban transgender troops from serving in the military.

The part that comes next, [Himes] added, is where his party struggles most.

“We have not figured out in any wing of the Democratic Party how to pivot back to those kitchen table issues,” the Democrat said. “And that’s a huge issue.”

Since Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump, a year ago this week, some Republicans and Democrats have argued that one factor in Clinton’s loss was her focus on divisive social and cultural issues, rather than the economy.

Himes would seem to fall into that camp. We’ll see if Democrats heed his warnings ahead of a competitive 2018 cycle.