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Democrats Mocked for Bumper Sticker Suggestions

Newsweek logo Newsweek 7/5/2017 Harriet Sinclair
Pundits on both the left and the right have voiced concerns that the Democratic Party has no clear leader, especially after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi failed to offer what was seen as a strong answer to a question on the subject from CNN's Anderson Cooper. © AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Pundits on both the left and the right have voiced concerns that the Democratic Party has no clear leader, especially after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi failed to offer what was seen as a strong answer to a question on the subject from CNN's Anderson Cooper.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has sent out some “tester” bumper stickers for the midterm elections that have been met with about as much warmth as a fender bender. One reads: “Democrats 2018. I mean, have you seen the other guys?”

Slogan suggestions were sent out via email to DCCC subscribers on Wednesday, prompting several people to share the “less than inspiring” ideas on social media.

The National Republican Congressional Committee was quick to jump on the negative attention the bumper stickers stirred up, writing on its website: “After Nancy Pelosi and national Democrats were roundly mocked for their ridiculous stickers, we decided to help them with one of our own.”

It added: “Nothing encapsulates their party better than our "Democrats 2018: We win moral victories, not elections" sticker.”

Other, less criticized slogans suggested by the DCCC included: “She persisted, we resisted,” and “make Congress blue again.”

Subscribers were asked to vote for their favorite bumper sticker, with the winning slogan to be picked after the polls close at midnight tomorrow.

The Democrats have faced criticism that the party appears to be rudderless following Hillary Clinton’s surprise election loss in November.

Indeed, pundits on both the left and the right have voiced concerns that the party has no clear leader. For many, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did not give a satisfying answer in March when questioned on the subject by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Nonetheless, the party is gearing up for the 2018 midterm elections, with very early predictions looking favorable for the Democrats—questionable bumper stickers notwithstanding.

Of the previous 20 midterm elections, the president’s party has lost seats in 18 of them, CNN reported, with an average of 33 seats lost per election—meaning history clearly favors the opposition party.

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