It’s now official.Donald Trump will be our next president. Democrats need to get past their hurt and anger over the election and begin to rebuild their party. In the midst of this chaos, they have a real opportunity. Obama and, to a lesser extent, the Clintons have focused on themselves rather than building the party. There is a
role for them as party elders but, if the Democrats have any sense, they will
not be calling the shots. Here are some steps that I believe could begin the
1. Bring in new talent – Quick, name a prominent Democrat who is not an Obama, Clinton, or a leader in Congress. The one name that comes to mind is Elizabeth Warren and she is 67. In a recent interview Biden thought he, Obama, Pelosi and Schumer should set the course. That would be a huge mistake.
2. Be less elitist – Party leadership comes from a small group of elitists that listen only to themselves. They need to bring in people with varying backgrounds.
3. Expand the party – Democrats focused almost exclusively on two groups; dedicated liberals and those they convinced needed protection from evil Republicans. They especially need to reconnect with blue collar workers.
4. Be the party of Yes – They should work with Republicans when they can. When they can’t, they need to put forth positive proposals.
5. Enough of the racism charges, already – It seems that their primary strategy was calling Republicans names. Clinton told a quarter of the electorate they were deplorable and irredeemable. Trump and the GOP will provide them plenty of ammunition so they don’t need to resort to name calling.
D6. on’t be afraid of the middle – The party has been moving farther and farther to the left. Rather than catering to the extreme Left, move a little closer to the center. There are millions and millions of moderates that both parties are ignoring.
Some Democrats get it and will likely take some of these steps. Many others want
more of the same. We’ll have to wait and see who will set the future course for