In 2018, Republicans have nothing to brag about to prospective voters. They certainly cannot point to accomplishments by the the Trump administration. They have not passed a single piece of significant legislation in eight-and-one-half years. They are confirmed liars, and have proven that they lack the ability to govern our nation. It should be a ‘slam dunk’ for Democrats; but it probably won’t be, and here’s why.
The way to win in 2018 is to move back to the left and be proud of Democrat’s liberal heritage. They must act like the ‘people’s party,’ not just talk about it. They must stick together, and display a united front.
Chuck Schumer has failed his party. The Senate Minority Leader is in fact not a an effective leader. His recent condemnation of Hillary Clinton only damages his party’s brand further.
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things—Comey, Russia—you blame yourself,” Schumer told The Washington Post. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”
There were several factors which caused Democrats to lose last November. Russian interference helped; Comey helped; a poorly planned campaign helped; most importantly the media helped.
Trump had five times more coverage from the television media than all other candidates combined. In addition, the media continued to follow the lead of Republican politicians and talk incessantly about Hillary’s e-mails; never once discussing her position on the issues. They set two standards for the candidates, and these standards were partially based on the fact that Hillary was the first female presidential candidate from a major party. She had to be nearly perfect at all times; a standard impossible to achieve. Trump was allowed to say and do anything without criticism.
But Schumer is missing an even more important issue; party unity. Regardless of how divided Republicans are; and they are; when issues which decide elections or the issues which are of importance to the wealthy are presented, they are in 100 percent agreement. Not one Republican denounced or voted against the deplorable policies of Bush and Cheney. Not one Republican in name only today stands against the worst president in history. They voted together to confirm the worst cabinet in my lifetime. They are rallying around their immoral and white nationalist leader without a word of discord.
The Democratic Party can win with support from Independents such as myself. But unless they rally behind the examples presented by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand, their party will fail once again.
Be proud; stand up and proclaim that you cherish your liberal views. Let everyone know that the American people come first. Become a real Democrat, and return to the principles of Franklin D. Roosevelt; the greatest president who ever lived.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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