Rep. Tim Ryan (D., OH) was ridiculed on Wednesday when “Morning Joe” hosts mocked his party’s new “A Better Deal” slogan. Ryan didn’t make much of an effort to defend the slogan, saying he’s not a “real slogan person.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and other top Democratic lawmakers rolled out the party’s new economic agenda on Monday. Negative reviews over their call for “better jobs” and “better wages” instantly hit the web, with many pointing at the similarities of the expressions to a famous pizza chain’s slogan.
Critics included former Democratic congressman Harold Ford Jr., who said it missed the mark, and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson dismissed it as lacking emotional resonance.
“Morning Joe” joined in on the lambasting, with former Republican host Joe Scarborough calling it “so terrible.”
“I’m curious about the motto or slogan that the Democrats have come up with … A Better Deal,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said.
“Less filling,” Scarborough added, referring to the Miller Lite slogan, “Great taste, less filling.”
“Tim, it’s not good,” Brzezinski said.
Then Rep. Ryan gave his lameduck defense:
“I’m not a real slogan person. I think it’s a good first step, because it’s an agreement among Democrats that we need to talk about economic issues, and I think that’s a good sign. We’re going to talk about jobs. We’re going to talk about the economy.”
Ryan added he wanted to see the party’s agenda be more “aspirational” in terms of envisioning how the economy will develop and how working-class Americans can fit into that new order.
Ryan has been a vocal critic of Pelosi’s party leadership and has acknowledged the party lacks a national leader.
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