A recent ABC News poll found that 67% of Americans think the Democratic Party is out of touch with average working Americans. So some Democratic politicians ventured forth into the wilderness, to Pennsylvania, a blue collar state that Hillary Clinton had foolishly assumed was, like the White House itself, hers by divine right. They sat for a panel discussion hosted by CBS’ John Dickerson (host of “Deface the Nation,” as President Trump calls it) to listen to what longtime (but not last time) Democratic voters thought. And boy, did they get an earful!

One man told them that by continuing to blame Russia and WikiLeaks, they’re proving they’re not just out of touch but uninterested in correcting the problem. Besides, all WikiLeaks did was confirm that Democrats were trying to game the election, so what they’re basically saying is, “If we hadn’t been caught lying, we’d be running the country right now.” A woman told them that Russia had no impact on the election and that it makes them look desperate and drives her “absolutely mad” to hear them go on as if Russian spies were driving around from poll to poll, hoodwinking the voting machines. Another man said voters in his city were mostly concerned about jobs, and Trump was the only one talking about that. He said the Democrats’ only economic solutions were taxing the rich, which doesn’t create jobs, and raising the minimum wage, when people “don’t wanna work at McDonald’s their entire life.”

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There’s more at the link. It shows that – surprise! - voters between the coasts are not stupid, and they’ve had enough of being manipulated. They want to see some real results for a change. If Democratic leaders keep serving up nothing but smoke and mirrors, they might be the ones who end up working at McDonald’s for the rest of their lives.



Here’s a proposal that will ruin a lot of TV commentators’ expensive hairdos when it makes their heads explode: How about Trump appointing South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the pitbull of the Benghazi Select Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as new FBI Director? He’s tough, qualified and would work well with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to accomplish Trump’s goal of restoring the FBI’s and DOJ’s reputations for no-nonsense law enforcement. Even one former Democratic member of the South Carolina legislature said his fellow Democrats would hate him for saying this, but Gowdy would be the best choice: he’s a straight shooter and honest as the day is long.

I’m trying to decide whether the Democratic leadership in Washington would think that Gowdy’s part in investigating Benghazi or his being “honest as the day is long” is a bigger disqualification for federal office.