A Month after Being Trumped, The Dems Wakeup in a Ditch
It has been one month since Donald Trump won the electoral vote, and for those of us in the Democratic camp, the reality of a Trump presidency still feels like an asteroid hit the earth wiping out what we thought we knew about the world.
But, like it or not, Mr. Trump is the president and his success is our fault.
His victory is the byproduct of our own failings. A result of the ignorance and arrogance we have allowed permeate the party over the last eight years.
Just look at the facts.
At the national level, the Democratic Party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats, and 14 governorships since President Obama’s historic victory in 2008. Republicans own a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives, majority in the Senate, control of the White House for the next four years, and will soon have a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
At the state level, Republicans hold 31 governorships to the Democrats 18, and now control 67 of 98 state legislative bodies. Come January 2017, the GOP will control both legislative chambers in 32 states — an all-time high — while Democrats will control just 13. And in 24 of these 32 states, Republican governors will reign supreme for a full-blown “political trifecta.”
Meanwhile, Democrats will own the coveted “political trifecta” in just six states.
While Democrats gasp in awe at the Trump Electoral College victory, the reality is Mr. Trump’s win is only the latest in a string of defeats for the party, which is now at its lowest point of power since the 1920s.
Democrats lost touch with the average American voter.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton, a natural globalist, adopted a social justice platform in a time of economic populism. And while Mrs. Clinton’s platform of civil rights engagement was admirable, the narrative failed to resonate with enough of the electorate.
On the other hand, Mr. Trump (and even Mr. Sanders), ran economic populist campaigns that better captured the mood of the voters. Americans wanted to hear messages of economic change more than they wanted to hear messages of political correctness, and the Trump campaign delivered.
In getting ready for 2018, the Democratic Party will need to redefine what it stands for and how that definition applies to the lives of all Americans, not just those living in big cities and coastal blue bastions.
It will need a vision for America that inspires the democratic vote in key swing states like Ohio, and wins over independent voters in traditionally blue states like Wisconsin.
Will Democrats make the necessary changes?
Over the next couple weeks, I will publish an alternative and seek collaborators for what will be a monumental task.
The first test is only 23 short months away.