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The Democrat Party lost the House in 2010, Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections and President Obama's effectiveness ratings have continued to decline. In 2016 they lost the Presidency to Republican Donald Trump. Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, failed to retain the White House with a similar coalition of young people, women and minority voters that swept Barack Obama into office in 2008. Yet the coalition did not show up in the force needed. The Democrat candidate won the popular vote in reliably blue states (California, Washington, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, etc) as a result of overwhelming majorities in major coastal metropolitan areas like LA, SF, Seattle, NYC, Boston, Washington DC). They failed miserably in the heartland and in other blue states in the rust belt (Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin) and lost a total of 30 states giving a landslide electoral college victory to the Republican candidate. The Democrats have lost over 1,000 seats at the national, state and local levels nationwide in the past 7 years. How will Democrats react and rebuild for 2018 & 2020?

Pelosi Faces Her Constituents

9/19/17
By The Editorial Board,
from The Wall Street Journal,
9/18/17:

These days, no good compromise goes unpunished.

Now Nancy Pelosi knows how Charles Murray, or any conservative speaker at Berkeley, feels. The House Minority Leader was confronted by angry protesters in San Francisco Monday as she and two other California Democrats sought to explain her tentative agreement last week with President Trump to provide legal protection to young undocumented immigrants. The event was intended as a call for Congress to pass the Dream Act that would protect some 700,000 so-called Dreamers from being deported. And you’d think that Mrs. Pelosi would be thanked for getting Mr. Trump to move off his campaign rhetoric and support legalization—especially when Democrats are in the minority on Capitol Hill. But dozens of young people instead rushed the stage and began chanting, “we are not a bargaining chip” and “all or us or none of us.” They also demanded a “clean bill” without any provisions for additional border security, as Mr. Trump said he wants. Perhaps before they’re granted legal status, these kids should be required to understand how America works. If they want legal status under the U.S. Constitution, Congress must pass a law and Republicans now have a majority. This requires compromise, and Mrs. Pelosi is trying to cut a deal that will stop these protesters from being deported. They’re fortunate that a requirement of legal status isn’t an IQ test.

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