Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Here is a one page article from the Wall Street Journal today entitled: "How Democrats Can Come Back".
I have a shorter version: "Stop being ultra-left".
Odds of Democrat party gaining a significant number of elected offices in next 8 years, absent the somewhat expected Republican screw-ups: Nil. I don't think they are even going to try to make the party and its candidates more popular with voters in a majority of states.
People do not overwhelmingly support ultra-left policies in America and the more lefty the Democrats become the less popular they get with voters. I'm sorry to have to play the "I'm older and I know more than you" card, but I can remember what the Kennedy and Johnson era Democrats were like. Pro-American, anti-American enemies, willing to spend less and lower tax rates, not ever eager to expand the size and cost of the government. After VietNam was over, with McGovern, the Democrats moved to the left and have never stopped. But I don't want you ever to abandon the Democrats lose because they are not lefty enough world view you have. Tell your friends, tell everyone that the Democrats have to embrace ever more socialistic policies. Will you do that for me, son?
You may very well be right that Democrats will never win anything meaningful again for a long time, but it will be because they failed to own up to their mistakes and failed to offer a better alternative for voters than simply "not Trump", not because they were "ultra left". You're just wrong about that.