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New Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) polling generally agrees with this earlier post. The memo is written by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (GQR) and, for the sake of this post, I will ignore the incredibly stupid and offensive article by Axios. Both GQR and PredictWise agree that the economy is doing fine and Democrats should not try to claim otherwise and that Republicans are aggressively ensuring that only rich get the benefit. Here is where we disagree.

(1) Bipartisanship for sake of Bipartisanship: GQR/DCCC unnecessarily advocates bipartisanship with President Trump/Republicans. There is an asymmetric desire for bipartisanship, insofar as Democrats value bipartisanship for the sake of bipartisanship and Republicans use that to get Democrats to negotiate against themselves. It is trite and dangerous advice for the Democrats.

(2) Actual policy: Democrats should counter with an actual policy to reduce corporate tax cuts (35 percent to 28 percent, rather than 21 percent) and spend money on necessary infrastructure and healthcare. Republicans can get away with tax cuts that give 83 percent of money to households with income greater than $1,000,000, because Democrats are not providing credible alternatives to contrast.