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Democrats and The Resistance

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This is not a good sign for Democrats.

Nor is a recent poll from Suffolk University, which found Democrats aren't that popular.

"At a time when Donald Trump is the least liked President ever measured at this point in his first term," King wrote, citing the poll, "the Democratic Party has found a way to be even less liked than him."

To be clear, not all the news of late has been bad for Democrats. In a string of special elections since Trump's win, the party has seen increased turnout. But Democrats still have a lot of ground to make up (they lost nearly 1,000 legislative seats during Obama's presidency).

Russian Roulette

As the Democratic Party struggles to find its footing, one of its stars is soaring.

A recent Fox News poll shows Bernie Sanders is far and away the nation's most popular politician.

"Yet bizarrely, the Democratic party -- out of power across the country and increasingly irrelevant -- still refuses to embrace him and his message," writes The Guardian columnist Trevor Timm.

What distinguishes Sanders is his unrelenting focus on issues impacting workers and the poor. Meanwhile the rest of the party is more concerned with Trump being in cahoots with Putin and Russia, despite the evidence being less than rock solid.

While hyping Trump's alleged ties to Russia doesn't appear to be helping the party, it is having an effect on the base, which is increasingly frightened.

Trying to bring Trump down by tying him to Russia carries with it more than just political risks, writes Robert Parry of Consortiumnews.

"[If] Trump finds himself having to demonstrate how tough he can be on Russia -- to save his political skin -- he could easily make a miscalculation that could push the two countries into a war that could truly be the war to end all wars."

Yet desperate Democrats push on, ignoring polls and common sense.

"Meanwhile, while Russia continues to dominate the front pages," Putin critic Masha Gessen writes in the New York Review of Books, "Trump will continue waging war on immigrants, cutting funding for everything that's not the military, assembling his cabinet of deplorables."

And as Trump carries out his extreme agenda, leaders of the Democratic Party -- and ostensibly the Resistance -- keep the floodgates closed, no matter the cost.

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