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For months, Democrats have been warned by in­formed ob­servers that they can’t build a win­ning elec­tion strat­egy for the 2018 midterms or the 2020 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion on anti-Trump fer­vor.

“You can­not just run against Don­ald Trump. It is the job of we Democrats to put to­gether a strong, co­he­sive eco­nomic group of pro­pos­als aimed at the mid­dle class and those strug­gling to get there,” Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer warned his party. He said that in Fe­bru­ary. Over time, other Demo­cratic law­mak­ers and strate­gists have echoed the plea, even as their dreams of a “blue wave” wa­ver as the pub­lic de­tects Pres­i­dent Trump’s au­then­tic eco­nomic and diplo­matic vic­to­ries — which typ­i­cally get min­i­mal me­dia cov­er­age. The poll num­bers are be­gin­ning to wa­ver as well. Up­ward.

“A re­cent Har­vard Univer­sity/Har­ris Poll pro­vides some in­sights as to why Pres­i­dent Trump’s sup­port is ac­tu­ally in­creas­ing among vot­ers and of­fers data to ex­plain why he may be re-elected in 2020. I re­al­ize that many peo­ple don’t want to hear that, but hid­ing from a nox­ious re­al­ity is nei­ther healthy nor help­ful,” vet­eran poll­ster John Zogby writes in an anal­y­sis for Forbes, cit­ing the in­flu­ence of “a grow­ing feel­ing of op­ti­mism” and ris­ing ap­proval of Mr. Trump across mul­ti­ple de­mo­graph­ics.

“The Pres­i­dent can bol­ster his creds with both his voter base and be­yond. It will also makes it much harder for Democrats to run on a slo­gan that ar­gues that they can do any­thing ‘bet­ter,’ as their cur­rent con­sul­tant­driven mes­sage sug­gests,” Mr. Zogby ad­vises.

A con­ser­va­tive ra­dio king­pin also notices that per­sis­tent anti-Trump tac­tics are wear­ing thin, and that the Democrats’ pre­vi­ous 15-per­cent­age-point ad­van­tage on a generic bal­lot has eroded to noth­ing.

““They don’t have an agenda. All they’ve got is this hate, this hate for Trump, this semi-hate for Amer­ica, this lit­eral hate for you for elect­ing Trump,” Rush Limbaugh re­cently told his 14 mil­lion lis­ten­ers. “You can’t sus­tain this kind of hate, and you cer­tainly can­not build and grow.”

Democrats are still driven by emo­tion and rage over Hil­lary Clin­ton’s loss, he said.

“They want to some­how change the out­come of

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