What do Democrats really want: Votes of the poor or money of the rich?
President Trump’s victory in 2016 was less a victory for the Republican Party and more a vote of ‘no confidence’ in establishment politics and the Washington status quo. Hillary Clinton, more than any candidate imaginable, personified the political establishment that had become remote from the everyday concerns of the people it was elected to represent.
Trump’s election was also a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the Democratic Party, which has become increasingly elitist. Many senior Democratic elected representatives espoused Liberal policies that were of little interest to their old blue collar heartland. So they turned to Trump.
In the 2020 Presidential election, the Democrats will be at an advantage for two reasons – the party will not have Hillary Clinton as a candidate, and it will be up against a Republican candidate who is sure to be damaged by the behavior of the current President. Whether that Republican candidate is Donald Trump again is far from certain, but more of that later.
The first substantial shot at redemption for the Democratic Party comes in the 2018 mid-term elections – in 16 months’ time. The Democratic Party specializes in self-flagellation and it has indulged in it gleefully since November. Self-analysis and hand-wringing play a role, but now, with the mid-term coming fast the fundamentals must be put in place. The party needs an energized and galvanizing leadership, good candidates and coherent policies.
Hillary Clinton is gone, hopefully taking Bill with her. They are yesterday’s politicians and they and their toxic brand should have no part in the Democrats’ revival.
For the first step, an energized and galvanizing leadership, there has been mixed success. Nancy Pelosi is the House of Representatives Minority Leader, and hence de facto the Democrat’s national leader. She became leader in 2003 and became the only female Speaker of the House from 2006 to 2010. Despite the Democrats losing control of the House in the 2010 mid-terms she stayed on as leader. That’s a long time at the top and she is now 77 years old. She has been battered by electoral defeats. After the 2016 Trump victory the Republicans had control of the Presidency, the House and Senate.