The skillful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy. — Sun Tzu
Whudda thunk the author of The Art of the Deal would also be so well versed in The Art of War?
It appears the Grand Strategists of Donkdom understand this but their SJW/PC Shock Troops don’t and are undisciplined enough to give advantage to Team Orange.
According to McClatchy DC Bureau blog the Democrat Brain Trust are desperate to avoid another battle on the Plains of the Culture but just cannot help themselves when The Trap is Baited:
Democrats decided 16 months before the 2018 election how they would start winning races again. Gathered in a small Virginia town on a sweltering July day, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and their lieutenants laid out a “Better Deal” agenda focused on middle-class jobs and higher wages — a vow, they said, that their party would never again waver from a laser-like focus on the economy.
Donald Trump makes some promises difficult to keep.
Just days later, the president declared on Twitter that transgender men and women were banned from the military. His action drew a swift rebuke from Democrats, who rose in unison to denounce the president over the newest front in a cultural — not economic — fight.
The pattern would repeat itself through the summer and into the fall. Whether it was his response to the Charlottesville white nationalist march or his condemnation of NFL players who knelt during the anthem to protest police brutality, Trump forced Democrats onto the battlefield of his choosing.
McClatchy is pulling for The Donks but recognizes the difficulty they face:
To many Democrats, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was too fixated on Trump’s moral failings and obsessed with the Republicans’ litany of rhetorical offenses. But some worry that a singular focus on jobs is simply too hard to maintain. Trump is good at picking out divisive cultural issues and mainstreaming them. And while Democrats doubt his provocations are part of a grand strategy, they say he has a rare instinct for choosing fights that will thrill his base. (Said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper, “When he’s engaging in divisive culture war fights, that’s when he seems the happiest.”)
In order stress pocket-book issues the Donks will have to forgo The Culture War and:
“We have not figured out in any wing of the Democratic Party how to pivot back to those kitchen table issues,” the Democrat said. “And that’s a huge issue.”