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Democrats in ‘Throes of Slow and Long-Term Demise’

Obama’s agriculture secretary compares Democratic Party to a tree that looks healthy, but is slowly dying…

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack, the man who has served as President Obama’s secretary of agriculture for nearly eight years, is deeply troubled about the direction of the Democratic Party.

Vilsack, who served two terms as Iowa’s governor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, cites Democrats’ unwillingness to appeal to “rural” voters as chief among the list of reasons for their failure at the ballot box in November.

“We need to speak more directly to our folks in rural America,” Vilsack reportedly told Vice President Joe Biden. “And we have to spend time there.”

But the Pittsburgh-born Midwesterner didn’t stop there. He compared the Democratic Party to a dying tree:

Today, the former Iowa governor compares Democrats to a tree that “looks healthy on the outside, but is in the throes of slow and long-term demise.”

“Basically, that’s the Democratic Party as we know it,” he said.

To illustrate his case, Vilsack points to Iowa, a state that voted twice for Obama in 2008 and 2012, but that went to Trump by nearly 10 percentage points. Instead of avoiding areas where Hillary Clinton knew she would lose, Obama visited those areas to try to mitigate his margins of defeat.

Obama addressed that issue earlier this month:

“I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa,” Obama told reporters. “It was because I spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry. . . . And there were some counties where I might have lost, but maybe I lost by 20 points instead of 50 points.”

While several Democrats have spoken out against the coastal elites’ control of their party, it remains to be seen if the 2016 election results will bring about any real change.