Democrats Doing Themselves No Favors In Run-Up to 2018

We’re less than two months past Republicans’ smashing victory in the the 2016 elections. And we’re still weeks away from when Members of the 115th Congress will be sworn in. So of course it feels like the perfect time to begin thinking about the 2018 elections. We know what you’re thinking: Isn’t it way too…
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Pelosi Prevails Despite Democrats’ Decline

Democrats got torched on Election Day. More accurately, they’ve been torched the last three Election Days. Republicans now hold majorities in 68 out of 99 state legislative chambers, and have control of both chambers in 33 states. The party holds 33 out of the nation’s 50 governors’ mansions, up from just 19 eight years ago,…
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Identity Politics Has Failed, But Democrats Stand Behind It

The ascendency of Donald Trump to the highest office in the United States was sure to cause a crisis for liberalism. Inevitably, liberals—mostly those with their own blogs—would deign it necessary to figure out what went so wrong that a candidate like Hillary Clinton could get beaten by a candidate like Donald Trump. For several…
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Election Be Damned, Democrats’ Continue to Lurch Leftward

The Kugler-Ross model, also known as the five stages of grief, suggests that there is a standardized series of emotions experienced by terminally ill patients. It consists of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It seemed an apt model for Democrats to follow after their Election Day drubbing at the hands of Donald Trump and…
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Democrats’ Still Electing the Same Leaders, Expecting Different Results

If this election proved anything it’s that voters are tired of the same old Washington players, playing the same old Washington games, in which wealthy, connected Americans always seem to win, and blue-collar, everyday Americans always seem to lose. In his 1996 State of the Union, President Bill Clinton declared that “the era of big…
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Obamacare’s Rising Premiums Could Spell Big Political Trouble for Democrats

President Obama’s signature policy achievement, now known as Obamacare, has long been a political sore spot for Democrats. Voter antipathy toward the law played a large part in the substantial midterm losses Democrats suffered in 2010 and 2014. The combination of a trillion dollar price-tag, broken promises and upward pressure on health insurance prices combined…
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Democrats’ Are Already Conceding That they Won’t Win the House

The 2016 elections have dominated news coverage throughout the spring and summer. The Republican primary, headlined by the quote factory known as Donald Trump, has left politicos scratching their heads and everyday Americans excited that the political conversation is being dominated by non-politicians. The Democratic primary has been a dumpster fire, emanating both a tremendous…
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Obama’s Disdain For Congress Comes Back to Bite Him

President Obama was supposed to be the Democrats’ savior, the man who would guide the nation out of a recession and lead the party to a permanent majority. It didn’t take long to figure out that he simply didn’t have it in him. The problems were myriad: He hated retail politics, he got distracted by…
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Democrats’ Intra-Party Squabbling Undermine Obama’s Trade Package

President Obama has never fashioned himself to be a blue-collar politician. He’s never been the type to engage in the glad-handing, ego stroking, or even arm-twisting, so often greases the wheels of Washington votes. Members of both parties have labeled him “remote,” “frosty,” “distant,” and only willing to engage in “perfunctory” relationships. As Scott Wilson…
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Senate Democrats Continue to Thwart the “Right Thing To Do” Approach to Governance

Senate Republicans, led by new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, entered 2015 with a simple goal: Get the Senate working again. “It’s time to change the business model,” he said earlier this year. “We need to return to regular order. We need to get committees working again. Sometimes, it’s going to mean working more often. Sometimes,…
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