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Democrats Need to Win 2018 Before Worrying About 2020

“If we can’t figure out as a party how to win in 2018, we’re going to be in tough shape for 2020. I think it’s a huge political mistake for Democrats to even be talking about 2020 at this point.”

— Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), quoted by the Associated Press.


Democrats Don’t Have a Party

“We no longer have a party caucus capable of riding this wave. We have 80-year-old leaders and 90-year-old ranking members. This isn’t a party. It’s a giant assisted living center. Complete with field trips, gym, dining room and attendants.”

— A Democratic Party operative, quoted by Politico.


Democrats Have a Brand and Strategy Problem

“Our brand is worse than Trump. We can’t just run against Trump.”

— Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), quoted by the New York Times, explaining Democratic losses in four special elections this year.


Why Change Horses When You’re Drowning in Mid-Stream?

Despite being out of power in the House for all but four of the last 22 years, the Democrats have not kicked out any of their leaders. While Speaker Jim Wright resigned in 1989 due to scandal, no other Democratic speaker or leader (either majority or minority) has been removed by the party or left early. After losing control in the House in 2010, Nancy Pelosi stayed atop the caucus as the Minority Leader. Her predecessor, Dick Gephardt, maintained his job despite continual failed elections. The same thing happened during Democratic losses of control in 1946 and 1952, with Sam Rayburn sliding from Speaker to Minority Leader.

Joshua Spivak


Democrats Should Be an Opposition, Not a Minority, Party

More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump. More Americans voted for Democratic Senate candidates than for Republican Senate candidates. And while we don’t have final numbers yet, it looks likely that more Americans will have voted for House Democrats than for House Republicans. … So why aren’t Democrats acting like it? Why aren’t they trying to force Republicans, the media, and the emergent Trump White House to act like it?

— Ezra Klein


Howard Dean to Run for DNC Chair

I don’t believe in going back, but the party’s in big trouble and I have the best record of any DNC holder I think in history.

— Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D), announced he will be run for Democratic National Committee chairman, Bloomberg reports. Dean said the party “needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.”


Democrats Just Didn’t Vote

120 million

Just under 120 million votes were cast for president, the Washington Post reports.”That’s down from 2012, which was in turn down from 2008 — and don’t forget that the population is always increasing. While turnout hit a recent peak of 61.6 percent of the voting-eligible population, this year it was only 56 percent. … What’s also important here is how poorly Hillary Clinton did. She got 6 million fewer votes than Barack Obama did in 2012, and nearly 10 million fewer than he did in 2008.”


Democrats’ Message: We Have No Message!

Our message cannot be a bunch of Democrats running around saying we have no message. That’s not a good message.

— Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), quoted by the Washington Post.


Demographics Might Not Be Destiny After All

The notion of demographics as destiny is overblown. Just like Karl Rove was wrong with that ‘permanent majority’ talk, Democrats have to remember that the pendulum is always swinging.

— Republican pollster and strategist Wes Anderson, quoted by the Associated Press.


Turn the South Into a ‘Free-Market Jesus Paradise’

With Landrieu’s departure, the Democrats will have no more senators from the Deep South, and I say good. Forget about it. Forget about the whole fetid place. Write it off. Let the GOP have it and run it and turn it into Free-Market Jesus Paradise. The Democrats don’t need it anyway.

— Michael Tomasky, writing in the Daily Beast.