About Democrats Needing to Do Better

About Democrats Needing to Do Better

If Clinton were to win the 2016 election it would be the continuation of Democratic leadership in the Oval Office with some new players, but I wonder how much of the content will change? Specifically, the constant back-and-forth that has gone on the past 8 years between Obama's Oval Office blaming Congress for people's frustrations with government and vice-versa. The back-and-forth is portrayed quite well in this Vox video.

With a Clinton win I don't think it's likely this lover's spat will change. The current House of Representatives is 57% R & 43% D. The previous was 54% R & 46% D and before that it was similar. The predictions for the competitive races has a Democrat likely to win 8/60 races as opposed to 15 for Republicans. Thus despite Democrats (potentially) winning the Presidential race, Republicans are likely to win twice as many competitive congressional races as Democrats. All this is to say that Clinton winning the presidency, although it will be historic for women, won't change the political grudge match and that really bothers me.

I think it's telling that recently two of the most popular topics in the US elections have been people reacting to the 2005 video of Trump, where he blatantly admits to Billy Bush that he uses his celebrity to sexually harasses women in the hopes that he'll bone them, and the other is Ken Bone (one of the question askers in the 2nd presidential debate who instantly became an Internet sensation). One inspires hatred (either of Trump or of the lefty-biased media) & the other inspires joy (of jolly round men in red sweaters). Leaning into our base emotions has become quite attractive in a presidential campaign that's gotten very ugly. But you can't talk policy to someone yelling in hate nor can you show them your Powerpoint slides if they're glued to their phone for a Ken Bone sweater.

It's long been news that Republicans have been at work on reimaging their party, but what about Democrats? Facebook posts about how silly Trump's defenders are on CNN won't help motivate his committed voters to think about how maybe they should be careful about how they discuss the 19th amendment. If we're talking business, Democrats have a lot to think about beyond the presidential campaign because they're likely to not have majority in Congress for 3 straight terms and those are all (potentially) with a Democrat in the Oval Office. But girrrrl, I'm tired of talking business. I wanna bring my House to your Oval...you know what I'm talkin' about girl, I wanna be one nation under a groove