Brutal Op-Ed: How Democrats Became Irrelevant

By NTK Staff | 10.31.2017 @12:45pm
Brutal Op-Ed: How Democrats Became Irrelevant

Democrats have made themselves largely irrelevant in today’s political conversation, largely due to their idolization of former President Barack Obama. That’s according to Andrew Malcolm, an author and veteran national and foreign correspondent who’s been covering politics since the 1960s. How did Democrats end up here? Malcolm explains: But much of the party’s enduring predicament […]

Democrats have made themselves largely irrelevant in today’s political conversation, largely due to their idolization of former President Barack Obama.

That’s according to Andrew Malcolm, an author and veteran national and foreign correspondent who’s been covering politics since the 1960s.

How did Democrats end up here? Malcolm explains:

But much of the party’s enduring predicament is self-inflicted. Who leads Democrats today? Right. No one. Ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi from California is 77. Her team includes Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. Hoyer is 78. Clyburn is 77.

Notice anything about this aged crowd, besides birthdates all before Pearl Harbor? They all come from coastal states, not that massive red area in between so full of economic hardship, simmering discontent and frustrations.

Malcolm also focuses on the party’s obsession with Obama, noting the former president’s desire to make “everything about him” hurt other Democrats:

Perhaps Barack Obama’s worst political legacy is the devastation he wrought on his own party, not by mean tweets but by making everything about him.

He wanted Obamacare so badly Democrats obediently rammed it through Congress without a single GOP vote. Obama loved the sole spotlight of fundraisers so much he did on average one a week for eight straight years. And Democrats still lost everything, including nearly 1,000 powerful seats in state legislatures across the land.

Regardless of the cause, Democrats have found themselves on the outside looking in on a whole host of issues in the nation’s capital. And without a change in leadership, that could have long-term negative effects for Democrats going forward.

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