February 6, 2017

Ripped From The Headlines: Democratic Party “On Life Support,” “No Quick Fixes”

The Democratic Party is in big trouble. For eight years President Obama allowed Democrats to distract themselves from their sinking fortunes around the country, but with Hillary Clinton’s loss, the full extent of their woes has now become manifestly clear. As the Washington Post shows, President Obama’s disastrous moves have given Republican complete control in a significant number of states:

“Across the 49 state Senates in the United States, 20 are at least two-thirds Republican, and eight of those 20 are more than 80 percent GOP. Such is the dominance of the Republican Party in state legislatures. President Trump’s popular-vote-losing win and the GOP’s congressional majorities are huge for the party — don’t get me wrong — but they actually undersell the GOP’s unprecedented dominance at the state level. As previously noted, the GOP has complete control over about half the states in the union, while Democrats have only a handful.”

Democrats are out of power to an extent not seen since the 1920s, and given the divided nature of the Democratic Party they won’t be able to pick up ground anytime soon. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “dilemma” is emblematic of the larger Democratic divide. He has to defend 10 Democratic incumbents in Republican states, while also dealing with a base that is fired up to oppose everything:

“Here’s the rub: Alongside Schumer’s concern for these vulnerable Democrats is a sudden burst of energy on the left, not only to express deep-rooted anger at President Trump but growing impatience with congressional Democrats. If they don’t push far enough, the liberals will be angry. If they push too far, they risk losing seats.”

Its gotten so bad for Schumer, that liberal extremist protesters have started to heckle him, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for their perceived ineffectiveness:

“The situation for Democrats is now so intense and personal that Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were taunted by protesters during a rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court last week. Back in New York — where Schumer won reelection last fall with 70 percent of the vote — protesters recently rallied near his Brooklyn home chanting curse words that rhyme with his first name, Chuck.”

The bad headlines, don’t stop there. See below for a series headlines highlighting the raging Democrat civil war:

Washington Post: “Schumer’s dilemma: satisfying the base while protecting his minority”

Washington Post: “Democrats have no quick fixes in their bid to regain ground lost”

Washington Post: “The Democratic Party is basically on life support in these 10 states”

CNN: “Democratic base leading the way for would-be party leaders”

CNN: “Is anti-Trump furor papering over Democrats’ working-class woes?”

Los Angeles Times: “Democrats are now the party of ‘no.’ Is that enough to win back the country?”

Wall Street Journal: “Democrats Spar Over Party Leadership, Anti-Trump Tactics”