Democrats Need to Get Past the Loss and Regroup

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

The smoking ruins that was once the Democratic Party continues to smolder and refuses to flame out. Some say that the spark is still there and it can still reignite the party, but perhaps they should call it for the loss it is and rebuild.

The left wing, still trying to comprehend its monumental loss, refuses to accept reality, and continues to be defiant of an incoming Trump Administration. Maxine Moore Waters is the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, and she refuses to work at all with the President Elect.

“I'm the ranking member on the Financial Services Committee. I have been working hard trying to implement Dodd-Frank reforms. We went through a terrible crisis in 2008. Many people lost their homes. The banks got away with murder. No, I don't trust him, I don't believe him, I have no intentions of sitting down with him, I'm going to fight him every inch of the way”. 

The democrats are already meeting in smoky backrooms, planning their anti-Trump tactics. Again, this is where they don’t get it. Trump is smarter than they are, and he commands an large audience. If he can use his bully pulpit to reach America, it will backfire on the Democrats.

Incoming Democratic Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D) NY, wasted no time putting Trump and the GOP on notice. He told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow “I am not afraid of Donald Trump, or the Republicans. We’re going to hold their feet to the fire." In speaking about Trump's nominees, Schumer stated again “We're going to hold their feet to the fire, they are not getting the two-hour confirmation hearing."

The Democrats have about a year to turn this past debacle around. They need to re-energize, present a new platform, and win hearts and minds. Just being Trump's spoiler won’t work. The odds are in the Democrats' favor in the mid-term election. The party of the incumbent president tends to lose ground during midterm elections. Over the past 21 midterm elections, the President's party has lost an average of 30 seats in the House, and an average of 4 seats in the Senate; moreover, in only two of those has the President's party gained seats in both houses. Under President Obama, Democrats have lost over 900 state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, and 13 Senate seats.

The left is going about this all wrong, wasting precious valuable time and digging themselves deeper into the hole. They need to find a way to re-connect with voters, learn from this colossal loss, and re-invent themselves. The Democrats need to act the way that the system is supposed to work, and that means being a good watchdog on the opposition, but playing the sabotage game only digs them deeper into the hole they dug.

The Trump honeymoon will end soon after he takes office, perhaps not because of anything he does, but the landscape changes after being sworn in. Hard decisions must be made, mistakes will be made, and Trump will be expected to handle it. He can no longer tweet from the sideline awaiting his turn.

The American people fired the Democratic party, and it’s time for them to sit down, map out a plan and move forward. Sounds easy enough, but are they smart enough?

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