When a national party, either Republican or Democrat, loses in a catastrophic landslide, some retrospective soul searching is always a good idea. What happened? Why did we get our butts kicked? How can we reverse our fortunes going forward?
It happens periodically to both parties. The Goldwater debacle in 1964 set the GOP back perhaps a generation. They watched as their depleted minorities stood by helplessly while their counterparts, the Democrats, spent money we didn't have on LBJ's 'The Great Society,' and 'War on Poverty,' where everybody would have a chicken in every pot and a Cadillac in every garage.
The Democrats lost their 40 continuous years as a majority in the House when Newt Gingrich and his Contract with America swept the Republicans into power in the 1994 mid year elections. These Democrats then sat back helplessly as Newt and the GOP worked to establish a balanced budget, drastically cut back on welfare and generally derailed many Great Society boondoggles (not nearly enough, but some) to the lament of the Dems in the minority. And even the then-president Bill Clinton (D) said at the time: 'the era of big government is over.' He didn't mean it, but he said it.
Then the pendulum swung back the Dems way in 2006 after a bungled GOP majority became what Nancy Pelosi correctly termed the 'culture of corruption,' with perverts Mark Foley and Denny Hastert leading the GOP demise. Nancy grabbed the gavel and ran with it, again spending money we didn't have hand over fist, much like a drunken sailor.
Ten years later, here we are again, with the GOP winning huge gains in many state legislatures, gubernatorial races and majorities in all three branches of government (assuming Donald Trump nominates a rock ribbed constitution originalist to replace Antonin Scalia on the SCOTUS).
Historically, all the Dems need to do is wait ten to fifteen years, and the gavels of power will be back in their hands. During this time in the wilderness, however, it is customary for the party out of power to figure out how they bungled things, how best to fix them and implement their fixes to get them out of their current funk.
Not this time. The Democrats have not figured things out, not at all. They think that they simply did not get their message out. The DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign poured $6 dollars into messaging for every $1 that the RNC and Donald Trump ponied up. This statistic alone would debunk the 'not getting their message out' excuse for failure. Americans heard the Democrats loud and clear. They just didn't believe what they were hearing.
Now they blame the Russians for outing their malfeasance and skulduggery via Wikileaks. This, despite Julian Assange adamantly insisting that their info came from within a disgruntled channel of the DNC, and not the Russians. Nope, that couldn't have been the cause for their drubbing. No, it was those rascally Russians ratting their rottenness out to the public. And of course, all of the aforementioned out-ratted malfeasance and skulduggery was never repudiated. It was all true, such as Donna Brazile providing Hillary Clinton the questions in advance of the debates. Not denied, not at all. Or Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, then-DNC Chair-person undermining Bernie Sanders during the Dem primaries. True. Not denied, dead to nuts accurate.
No, none of this malfeasance and skulduggery was the issue. The issue what that it was made public. That's what they are crabbing about. That's why they lost, they figure. They had agents on behalf of the GOP messing up their modus operandi. Russians, primarily. If it weren't for those rotten Rooskies, they would still be in power and Americans would still love them. So wrong, so terribly wrong, but this is what they are hanging their hat on. So be it. Just for the record, Americans don't like seeing brazen, open malfeasance and skulduggery. It is unseemly and unattractive to most voters, but Dems don't get that.
This time around, the Dems may be wandering around in the political desert for longer than usual, assuming the GOP doesn't self destruct (which is not out of the question). If they can't relate with the Zeitgeist and connect with reality, then they deserve their time in banishment from power.
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