So, it took Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton for the Democrats to figure out that their party is in trouble. The Washington Post’s Dan Balz wrote about the gutting of the Democratic Party after the 2014 midterms. We have written about it extensively here, here, here, here, and here. You have to wonder if Democrats knew that this was happening in their backyard, or they did but were hoping that Clinton’s coattails would carry Democrats into power. It seems every election House Democrats, specifically Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), says her party has a chance to retake the lower chamber. And it never ceases to bring a smile to the Right’s face when she fails miserably in that regard. With her re-election to House Minority Leader and Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) picked to head Senate Democrats, it’s obvious that the Left has no idea what’s going on here.
They picked a San Francisco progressive and a New York liberal hailing from one of the snobbiest and wealthiest Democratic bastions in the country, who have no clue how to connect with the white working class voter; you know the people the Left thought were worthless because they were white, uneducated, and live in places where nothing matters…except that whole thing part where they were the lynchpin f the Obama coalition. Given these signs with the Democratic leadership on the Hill, barring massive screw up by Republicans, Democrats are going to have a rough decade ahead of them. USA Today’s Susan Page made that point on CBS’ Face The Nation:
“I think Democrats are just in a world of hurt at the moment,” she said. “Democrats face a world in which they’ve been hollowed out. They have not had people in the pipeline as Republicans have so skillfully done for the past 20 years. So, they need to address not only the geography of their party, but also rebuilding back the lower ranks, state legislators, statewide elected officials, so they have more possibilities to move into the top ranks,” she added.
Page also mentioned the epic losses Democrats have suffered at the state-level, specifically the losses of state legislatures. As we enter the era of Donald Trump, it’s also an era where the GOP, once regarded as a regional party, has emerged as the dominant political force in the country.