2016 Election, Congress, Elections

Democrats Are in Disarray After Disastrous Election

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Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr (cc by 2.0)

Democrats are in meltdown mode and it has nothing to do with climate change.

It’s the natural course of events for a political party in the aftermath of a disastrous election. And to be clear, 2016 was a disastrous election cycle for the entire Democratic Party, not just its presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Not only did Republicans win the White House and retain control of both the House and Senate, they racked up big wins at the state level as well—not the least of which was winning the governorship of Vermont, not exactly the reddest state in the union, and the secretary of state in Oregon, which marks the first time in 14 years a Republican has won a statewide office there.

When you look at the trend over the past eight years, it gets really ugly for Democrats. When President Barack Obama first came into office in 2009, Republicans held 22 governorships. After this year’s election, they hold 33 with one race still pending. That is the highest number of GOP governorships since 1922. Republicans also now control 69 of 99 state legislatures.

And for anyone who thinks this tsunami snuck up on the Democrats, they should know that since 2009, Democrats have lost over 900 state legislative seats.

But this year, most pollsters and media intelligentsia were weaving a different narrative. According to them, the post-election headlines this time around were going to be about the demise of Republicans and the angst, turmoil, and finger-pointing that would leave the Grand Old Party in tatters.

Instead, these are the post-election headlines populating the news and opinion pages:

“House Democrats Huddle After Election Shellacking” —Politico

“Democrats Got Wrecked Again in State Legislative Races” —Reason

“The Democrats Screwed Up” —The New York Times

“Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?” —The Atlantic

Already, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been forced to delay her party’s leadership elections where one House aide worried that “if changes aren’t made we will be in the political wilderness for many years to come.”

And while the media has focused on those protesting Donald Trump’s election, 17 people were arrested earlier this week while protesting outside incoming Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer’s, D-N.Y., office.

Chanting “Chuck Schumer, grow a spine, our lives are on the line,” protestors demanded Schumer withdraw his name to make way for Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.,  or Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to lead Senate Democrats.

Democratic Party headquarters are in leadership turmoil, too, where two of the names being floated would suggest Democrats learned very little from 2016.

Howard “the screamer” Dean, former Democratic National Committee chairman and Vermont governor, has thrown his name in the hat as has Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

But perhaps the best examples of the meltdown come from two retiring Senate Democrats.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is so distraught, she has filed legislation to abolish the Electoral College. Somehow it’s fitting that would be her final political play.

And outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., apparently also did not get the “don’t be a sore loser” memo.

While Clinton was saying she hoped Trump would “be a successful president for all Americans,” and that “we owe him an open mind and a chance to lead,” Reid was calling Trump a “sexual predator” who has “emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.”

As a sign that not all Democrats have lost their minds, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin slammed Reid’s remarks, saying they were “an absolute embarrassment to the Senate as an institution, our Democratic Party, and the nation.”

Such comments show the difference between Democrats who don’t have to face the voters again and those that do.

Commentary by Genevieve Wood, the Daily Signal

  • ncgal

    The democrats should see we’re fed up with their evil deeds against Americans. They’ve ruined our country.
    Sen. Joe Manchin seems to be the only decent one left.

  • Pelosi is like you have to let them cross the borders first to see who is breaking the laws… LOL like her obamacare

    • R1050

      Yea Dusty, Pelosi is like all the Democrats from California; stupid. I like your posts because they mesh very well with my thoughts. Keep up the good work.

    • RLTMLT

      A source of cheap labor to maintain Pelosi’s San Francisco palace. Her Investment banker hubby is one of the Wall Street insiders that contributed to the 2008 collapse. No problem getting re-elected time after time when all your neighbors are members of the same wealth class that resides in her voting district !

    • dodge4jim



    A lot of similarities between today and 1968 when Liberals were marching in the streets protesting the Vietnam War that was allowed to escalate by Democrat President Lyndon Johnson. Liberal Democrats also protesting at the 1968 Democrat nominating convention in Chicago. A year when the Republican party took back the White House for the first time since the end of the second Eisenhower Administration. If it hadn’t been for Nixon’s Watergate, Republicans would have very likely kept the White House for an unparalleled 24 consecutive years from 1968 to 1992. At that point the new Democrat Party took control led by a DNC that had new leadership comprised of Neoliberals and a group of private wealthy oligarchs like George Soros that recruited the Clintons to move the party Right of the existing Right while convincing it’s Liberal wing that it still adheres to a Liberal philosophy ! Young Liberals continue to buy into this lie because the Clintons continue to hold control of the party twenty five years later ! Hopefully the results of this month’s election has changed that for good !

  • Belinda

    Put Reid and Piglosi in old age homes they both need to be gone

  • Dirty Harry and Nancy the hag,the democrat face of rot corruption, and lies. Really speaking for America and it’s values. Dementia has set in and the swamp is draining

  • Soulspeaker

    Well the prophecy did say Trump would expose them so why wouldn’t they be going crazy. If you want to help sign a petition to stop anything obama will do in the last 73 days of office go here: https://aclj.org/executive-power/seventy-three-days-of-danger
    This is the country’s biggest Christian law firm that is fighting to protect the constitution. They need more help on signatures though. Not enough Christians are stepping up to protect what God had given them.

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