I have my own thoughts, which I shall share with readers. But first let us look at what the Democrats think is wrong.
The lingering question for party leaders and consultants is how much of the intel and assessment will eventually be made public to ameliorate the fears and concerns of a furious base demanding a clear path forward.
“It’s a good thing for everybody to be involved in rebuilding the Democratic Party, so as many people want to throw their opinions into the mix, eventually the truth will come out of that. My post-mortem is not the complete picture, and I don’t think anyone’s is. The more the merrier, and it’s really important that Democrats look in the mirror and don’t just lean on Russia or fake news,” said veteran party strategist Donnie Fowler, who drafted his own assessment at the request of interim party chairwoman Donna Brazile, referring to two explanations for Clinton’s loss that are frequently proffered by Democrats.
“The donors are really looking of clarity and direction, absolutely,” he said. “But if you want to be Maoist about it, this is a time for a thousand flowers to bloom.”Mao.
I think I found your problem, Democrats.
It is not that so many Democrats feel comfortable with Mao. Academia has in the past decades cleansed Mao of the killing of twice as many people as Hitler. It is never mentioned. Mao is seen as being an anti-imperialist (meaning, anti-American) leader, which obviates his despotism, right?
No, the problem with Mao is being Mao. His centrally planned economy never worked. His sayings were pap, and by saying “this is a time for a thousand flowers to bloom,” what Fowler means is paper over the problem with dollar bills again.
As long as the party is Maoist -- strict adherents to a political philosophy that benefits the politicians at the expense of the people -- the party is doomed.
Because what cost the Democratic Party (as well as the Republican Party) in the 2016 presidential election was the collapse of the political system to meet the needs of the majority of the people.
Failure has consequences.
I would argue that Democrats exceeded expectations in general election. Trump would have taken 40 states or more if not for 1) being outspent two to one, 2) having to face the most hostile press ever, and 3) being the least liked presidential nominee in memory.
Democrats had everything in their favor and still lost.
It's not the messenger.
It's the message. Democrats have to re-think just what it is they stand for.
Voters look at the lengthy Democratic Party haphazard list of panderings, and ask what is in it for me?
Seeing nothing, they either stay home or vote against the Democrat.
The real story is how many stayed home. This time. If Trump succeeds, they will vote in 2020 -- and it won't be for Hillary.
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