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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?

Listen to the Democratic Left

8/16/18
by Karl Rove,
from The Wall Street Journal,
8/16/18:

The justice system is ‘racist.’ ICE is guilty of ‘human rights abuses.’ And more.

United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, then a lifelong Democrat, electrified the 1984 Republican National Convention when she excoriated the recently completed Democratic Convention as a meeting of the “Blame America First” crowd. Kirkpatrick explained the danger by quoting the French philosopher Jean-François Revel: “A civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.” Blame America First Democrats were briefly sidelined by Bill Clinton’s presidency, but the mob is back, angrier and more negative about their own country than ever. Consider observations by some of the party’s 2020 hopefuls during the progressive Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans earlier this month. New Jersey’s Sen. Cory Booker declared that “we are at a time where injustice has grown to be normal in our country.” Speaking across town at Dillard University, Massachusetts’ Sen. Elizabeth Warren offered “the hard truth about our criminal justice system: it’s racist. . . . I mean, all the way, front to back.” Surely it doesn’t speak well of former Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch that the justice system is in such dire straits after eight years of their leadership. California’s Sen. Kamala Harris joined the assault, telling Netroots that “our criminal-justice system has failed.” Besides vowing not to be “shut up” by opponents of “identity politics,” Ms. Harris unconsciously took a swipe at President Obama’s record, saying “we have an economy that is at work for those at the very top but not for those doing the hardest work.” Or listen to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialist who became the left’s overnight sensation after deposing longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in a stunning primary in June. She told Netroots that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with enforcing immigration law, has “repeatedly, systematically and violently committed human-rights abuses.”

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