Democratic Party Lies In Rubble

“The Democratic Party’s in disarray.” That is what Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) told Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart.

Dingell’s observation about the Democratic Party is reflected in the following headlines.

In What’s Wrong With the Democrats?, Franklin Foer describes the strategy that the Democratic Party has been using. Then he says this:

“Anyone who examined the strategy that the Democratic Party has embraced ever more tightly in recent years could see its essential precariousness. And anyone could see that investing such grave hopes in the person of Hillary Clinton—who had lost the party’s nomination to a little-known senator in 2008; who had struggled to win it against a little-known socialist eight years later—was particularly risky.

But liberals’ fears were softened in 2016 by a widely shared belief: that the candidacy of Donald Trump would shatter the Republican Party, at least in the form in which we had long known it. His trail of wreckage would force a painful reckoning with the party’s shortcomings—the narrowness of its coalition, the cloistered cluelessness of its elites, its intramural disagreements about the future of the nation. After a season of Trump’s destruction, the party would lie in rubble.

On November 8, that prophecy was realized, true in every regard, except that it described the Democrats. On Inauguration Day, the party’s power ebbed to its lowest level since the 1920s.”

Foer goes on to describe the so-called “Resistance” that has developed within the Democratic Party.

“Leaderless and loud, the Resistance has become the motive power of the Democratic Party. Presidential hopefuls already strive to anticipate its wishes. Elected officials have restructured their political calculus to avoid getting on its wrong side. The feistiness and agitation of the moment are propelling the party to a new place.

But where? The question unnerves Democrats, because the party has no scaffolding. All the dominant leaders of the last two generations—the Clintons, Barack Obama—have receded. Defeat discredited the party’s foundational strategy—or, at the very least, exposed it as a wishful description of a more distant future, rather than a clear plan for victory in the present. Resistance has given the Democrats the illusion of unity, but the reality is deeply conflicted.”

All of the above bad news for Democrats is coming from a Democrat.

Foer isn’t the only Democrat to scold the current Democratic Party. In a December 2016 Huffington Post blog post, Miles Mogulescu writes this:

“The democratic congressional leadership isn’t just old. It’s an abject failure. Democrats have lost one of every five House seats they controlled in 2009. And they’ve lost 12 Senate seats since then.

And the national Democratic leadership did much to make Trump’s victory possible. They cleared the field to insure that the least popular and most flawed Democratic nominee in history, Hillary Clinton, would be the Democratic standard bearer. They provided no viable economic message to the voters. If Democratic leaders want to know why Trump is president-elect, and Republicans control all three branches of government, they should look in the mirror.”

In a commentary for Roll Call, Walter Shapiro writes, “What is undeniable is that the Democrats are long overdue for a period of reckoning about who they are and what they represent. The problem is not messaging, consultants or Nancy Pelosi. It is that the Democrats (and, yes, that definitely includes Bernie Sanders) have to wave good-bye to the 20th century.”

Regarding the 2016 presidential election, Shapiro writes, “Hillary Clinton — who like her husband was shaped by the three GOP landslides of the 1980s — embodied the dangers of combining Democratic political caution with a lack of personal charisma. As a result, it is already hard to remember a single major policy animating her 2016 campaign.”

In Dems face identity crisis, political reporter Amie Parnes writes the following:

“A string of House special election losses culminating in Democrat Jon Ossoff’s disappointing defeat in Georgia last week has only intensified the scrutiny and second-guessing of Democratic strategy, to say nothing of the hand-wringing by party activists craving a victory.

“I’m not convinced we know what the best thing is for the party right now,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley. “I’m not convinced we have the answers.”

Democrats trying to figure out what they’re doing wrong are focused on how they’ve seemingly lost a significant part of the Democratic base all while failing to turn out enough progressives.”

Parnes ends her article with this:

“Asked how the party rebounds and lures both working-class and progressive Democrats, Manley admitted: “I don’t have the faintest idea in this point in time. I’m still trying to digest what happened.””

So, conservatives and Republicans can sit back, relax and enjoy the show as the Democratic Party implodes.

Popcorn anyone?

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  • Retired military

    How could the dem party lie in rubble when republicans are going to cancel healthcare for 700 billion people?

    Where did I get that number?
    WHy Maxine Waters

  • Retired military

    “So, conservatives and Republicans can sit back, relax and enjoy the show as the Democratic Party implodes”

    Except the republicans or at least the GOPe is the worst enemy of conservatives that there is.

    And David I am shocked, shocked I say that you didnt include anything about republicans murdering Grandma and throwing sick kids out of hospital rooms.

  • pennywit

    My own observation is that neither party seems to be in a particularly good place right now. Distrust in institutions has reached an all-time high, party lines are hardened, and the small (but crucial) “Throw the Bums Out!!” caucus throws a tantrum every couple years. Not a recipe for a healthy democracy.

    • Distrust is so high because the elites of both parties, as well as the entrenched “deep state” in DC have so little invested in America. They’ve become detached from actually leading, and more intent on destroying Trump.

  • Wild_Willie

    “90 million people die of gun violence everyday.” Terry McCauliffe

    Dem’s have been sidelined for one major reason: The internet. People verify the facts now and realize the dem’s have been lying and still do. With the above recent statement, the people are laughing at democrat leaders stating children will die without Obamacare. The dems’s should use reason and action, not scary made up stories. ww

  • stan25

    Calling the people who live outside of the large urban and coastal areas (flyover country) bitter clingers and deplorables is not a sane policy either.


    Why does David write about Republican failures? Simple, it generates five times the number of comments. Works every time.