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Roll Call: “When it comes to Trump’s future, ‘the people’ would rather do it themselves”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about whether Democrats have succeeded in convincing voters of the necessity of impeachment:

These numbers don’t mean the electorate’s concerns over the impeachment allegations have disappeared. But with the election just over nine months away, Democrats’ argument for it is steadily losing standing with voters at exactly the wrong time for them.

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Roll Call: “Pelosi’s poor choices helped sink her impeachment gambit”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about some of the positives of the last month, despite the impeachment process in the background.

In fact, in contrast to the Democrats’ overwrought warnings, the world continued to turn, the sun came up every morning, and more than a few positives have characterized the last 28 days.

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Roll Call: “Reflexive anti-Trumpism, AOC’s shrink-the-ten-strategy will cost Democrats in November”

by Caitlin Peartree

Happy New Year! In his first column of 2020, the Winston Group’s David Winston writes about the Democratic Party’s progressive tilt and the need for both Democrats and Republicans to focus on building majority coalitions for the next elections:

Here’s what AOC and her like-minded progressives don’t seem to understand: That kind of rigid thinking doesn’t build winning coalitions. It’s what loses elections. A fact Republicans ought to remember as well.

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Roll Call: “Yes Virginia, there is hope for the country”

by Caitlin Peartree

In his last column for Roll Call this year, the Winston Group’s David Winston looks back on two events from the past year that indicate that there is hope for political unity, despite the partisan tone that and division that have marked the past year.

But as we wind down what admittedly has been an ugly political year, we should not accept the premise that next year will be worse. For those who doubt progress can be made despite impeachment and a presidential election or that there are leaders who can at least begin to mend the rift dividing the American people, I will tell you why I think it is possible.

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Roll Call: “Elizabeth Warren’s big bad idea: Taxing our way to prosperity”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the economic plans of Democratic primary candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders:

Despite the fact that the country is benefiting from one of the strongest economies in history, these progressives are peddling unproven economic theories without any credible economic modeling to support their claims or an ability to cite a successful implementation of this kind of redistributive economic policy.

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Roll Call: “Adam Schiff’s post-hearing review: He got nowhere”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on the release of Adam Schiff’s impeachment report.

For all the partisan back-and-forth, for all the hours of third-hand testimony and despite Schiff’s penchant for the personal spotlight, he has accomplished virtually nothing but a 300-page report that half the country will likely reject as little more than a Democratic Party campaign document.

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Roll Call: “The Democratic field: middle-class heroes or millionaire hypocrites?”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on the wealth tax proposals emerging from the Democratic primary:

Centrist, middle-class voters are rightfully suspicious of politicians telling them that a million dollars is OK but a billion dollars isn’t. This approach lets these wealthy candidates tell voters, “You’re OK, but I’m OK too.” What they miss is that they are making the wrong argument.

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Roll Call: “Republicans need to study the lessons of 2018 and 2019 before racing to 2020”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the need for Republicans to study the lessons of the 2018 and 2019 elections in anticipation of 2020:

Unfortunately, I get the feeling that many party operatives seem to be racing ahead to the 2020 election that’s one year away, when they should be studying more closely the lessons of the 2018 and 2019 elections. Many of last Tuesday’s outcomes are indicative of the same problems Republicans faced in 2018, yet that election seems to be in the rearview mirror for a lot of party consultants.

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Roll Call: “McConnell defeats Schumer’s tax cut for the wealthy”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the recent Senate vote with regard to the cap on state and local tax deductions.

Democrats running for president, including several sitting senators, have chosen to wage a divisive class-based strategy centered on punitively taxing the “wealthy” to fund their multitrillion-dollar “free stuff” agendas.

Back in D.C., their leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, seems to be walking a different path. Instead of working to lower drug prices or improve education or protect the climate, the New York Democrat, who represents one of the nation’s highest-taxed states, has chosen for one of his major political gambits legislative action that would almost singularly benefit the wealthiest, most elite taxpayers in the country. The very same people his Democratic presidential candidates have harshly criticized for “not paying their fair share of taxes.”

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Roll Call: “Democrats may come to regret choosing impeachment over independents”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston in today’s Roll Call on impeachment and its potential implications for 2020:

As we move toward next year’s election, one of the most critical strategic dynamics now in play is how each party chooses to address key issues with the electorate. Will the Democrats be able to balance kitchen-table issues with their focus on impeachment? Will Republicans get back to an economic agenda centered on keeping the economy moving forward? Or will both parties and the media continue to focus on their priorities as they hammer each other in increasingly harsh tones?

Read the full piece here.

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