POLITICS (National): 2018 elections, Republicans? Democrats? Trump problem?: Analysis (Cathleen Decker), "Republicans face a Trump problem as they look to 2018 elections"
***2018 elections: Republicans? Democrats? Trump problem?
* Los Angeles Times (Cathleen Decker): "Republicans face a Trump problem as they look to 2018 elections" - From the LAT:
With the first two elections over in a series of off-season special House races, the Republican party’s biggest challenge is obvious: President Trump.
Republicans had hoped the protests that marked Trump’s inauguration and early presidency would peter out over time. So far, that’s not happened. Instead, the fervor of opposition to the president has powered stronger-than-expected results for Democrats at the ballot box. Unless that changes, that opposition could torment the GOP through the 2018 elections. How to manage Trump — to appeal to the voters he attracts and the voters he offends — now ranks as the premier challenge for Republican candidates, party strategists say.
Democrats face their own challenges this year and next. In the first two contests of the year, in Kansas and Georgia, they’ve come close, but haven’t yet won a GOP-controlled seat. They’ll have to do that in significant numbers if they are to regain control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. Moreover, for now, they have been able to focus money and volunteer activity on a limited number of special elections. By next year, the targeted seats will balloon in number, diluting their focus.
At this point, however, it’s the Republicans’ challenge that appears to loom largest .................