Democrats are struggling to cope with the rising popularity of the Republican tax law, less than nine months until the midterm elections.
Democrats received a wake-up call of sorts earlier this week when Priorities USA, a top Democratic super PAC, released a memo calling on Democrats to message more consistently against the tax law. The law’s standing has increased in the polls as GOP groups pitch the tax cuts to voters as a solid Republican accomplishment.
According to the memo, Trump’s marks on both the economy and taxes have grown by double-digits over the past few months. Another poll released this week shows Republicans leading in the generic congressional ballot for the first time, largely due to the rise in popularity of the tax bill, forcing Democrats to reexamine their messaging in the coming months.
Republicans continue to see the bill as their saving grace in their push to keep hold of the House and, to a lesser extent the Senate. The American Action Network, an outside group with the backing of Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has pumped $29 million to back the bill, including over $5 million since it passed in mid-December. The Koch brothers have also spent $20 million, and plan to invest another $20 million to sell the law.
House Republicans also have seized on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s characterization of the tax law, which she said is only giving “crumbs” back to taxpayers. Democrats from red states believe that was a mistake, but Pelosi continues to use that line.