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Democrats’ 2017 Wins Are ‘an Anomaly,’ Says Fellow Dems

Two Democrats issued a dire warning for their fellow partisans a year after Trump’s victory and a year out from the 2018 midterms.

By NTK Staff | 12.18.2017 @11:30am
Democrats’ 2017 Wins Are ‘an Anomaly,’ Says Fellow Dems

The year following Donald Trump’s presidential win has seen both Republicans and Democrats victorious at the ballot box in various races. Democrats won governorships in Virginia and New Jersey, while Republicans held House seats in special elections.

Many Democrats seemed downright jubilant after Democrat Doug Jones’ defeat of Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election last week.

But two Democrats, Peter Emerson and Paul Hodes, penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post in which they argue Democrats still don’t have a winning message and risk losing big in the 2018 midterms if they don’t get their act together:

A quick look at recent results: In the five special elections for the House, the scorecard is now Republicans four and Democrats five. And in the Alabama special election for the Senate, the Democratic won, which is to celebrated. But we hope that none of our fellow Democrats see this as a strategic or tactical formula for winning House or Senate races in 2018. This is an anomaly.

These Democrats prescribe a list of actions Democrats must take in order to be successful in 2018, including a brief, clear acceptance of responsibility for her 2016 defeat by Hillary Clinton. The country continues to wait for a “no caveats” statement of acceptance from the Democrats’ standard-bearer.

It has been just over a year since Trump outmaneuvered Clinton in the Electoral College by winning 302 votes to her 232 to become president. Of course, our natural inclination as Democrats has been to bargain, and to repeat over and over, “Well, Hillary won the popular vote… we came close.” No, we didn’t nearly win or almost win or come close ― we lost! Illuminating this depressing reality makes us feel angry. And rationalizing defeat is comforting. But it will not win future elections.

“We are now viewed as a Party of fractured and fractional division,” the writers lament. Despite coming to grips with the fractured state of the Democratic Party, it’s still unclear whether they will be able to put the pieces back together ahead of next year’s midterms.

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