Leaderless Dems Begin to Worry That Endless Attacks on Trump Will Backfire
The Inbred Bottom Feeders are dragging them down
Donald Trump won more electoral votes than Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. A lot more. The final tally -- 304-227.
And while Hillary got roughly 3 million more votes than Trump, nationwide, Trump won 30 states, Clinton, 20. The U.S. map is mostly red, with smatterings of blue.
What's more, Trump, who's never held a single political office, won on the strength of his platform: America first, more jobs, tighter borders, better trade deals. His ideas resonated far more than Hillary's, which revolved mostly around the fact that she wasn't Trump.
Ever since, Democrats -- clearly furious that they lost -- have bashed Trump at every turn. Sure, Trump is helping them -- a lot -- but Democrats who once complained that Republicans were "the party of 'no' are turning into exactly that.
There is no leader in the Democratic Party right now -- not Hillary, not Barack Obama, not Sen. Bernie Sanders -- and the party's agenda seems at this point to be nothing more than to obstruct Trump at every turn. They're offering no fresh ideas, no change from their past philosophies -- which not only lost them the White House in 2016 but also more than 1,000 legislative seats since Obama took office in 2009.
Now, some Democratic leaders are beginning to worry that an agenda to thwart Trump won't turn into more seats in 2018 -- or the White House in 2020.
Some leaders gathered on Tuesday at the "Ideas Conference" in Washington, D.C., hosted by the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress, "an event designed to give the leaders a chance to explain how they would rebuild the party," McClatchy reported.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, long seen as a potential presidential contender, said the Senate should not approve of a new FBI director until a special prosecutor is appointed to investigate ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, even as she laid out plans for a federally mandated 12 weeks of paid family leave.
Progressive icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called for a Constitutional Amendment that would restrict the influence of money on politics, even as she warned Trump that America would stand up to "autocracy."
And Sen. Kamala Harris of California – who like Warren and Gillibrand is seen as a potential White House contender – demanded that Republicans "put country over party" and support a special prosecutor, even as she outlined a detailed proposal to end the "War on Drugs."
Tellingly, all three also emphasized that the Democratic Party needs to make sure it broadens what the party stands for beyond outright opposition to Trump. It was a theme repeated often Tuesday despite the repeated focus on Trump.
"My calling is not to have this party defined by what we’re against or who we’re against," said Cory Booker, another potential presidential candidate who spoke Tuesday. "We must be defined by the dream of America for all Americans."
The speeches previewed a challenge Democrats will grappled with from now until the next presidential race, as they try to win over voters who are wary of Trump but skeptical their party can make life better.
But the chances of the party following Booker's lofty goals are slim. Warren is a one-trick pony, bashing Trump nonstop. And the other 2020 hopefuls are going to have to follow suit or get left behind.
While Gillibrand said, "We also cannot let Donald Trump distract us from our everyday work of fighting for working families," right now, that's all Democrats can see. And that's a loser in the next elections.