Democrats are in meltdown mode and it has nothing to do with climate change.
It’s the natural course of events for a political party in the aftermath of a disastrous election. And to be clear, 2016 was a disastrous election cycle for the entire Democratic Party, not just its presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Not only did Republicans win the White House and retain control of both the House and Senate, they racked up big wins at the state level as well—not the least of which was winning the governorship of Vermont, not exactly the reddest state in the union, and the secretary of state in Oregon, which marks the first time in 14 years a Republican has won a statewide office there.
When you look at the trend over the past eight years, it gets really ugly for Democrats. When President Barack Obama first came into office in 2009, Republicans held 22 governorships. After this year’s election, they hold 33 with one race still pending. That is the highest number of GOP governorships since 1922. Republicans also now control 69 of 99 state legislatures.
And for anyone who thinks this tsunami snuck up on the Democrats, they should know that since 2009, Democrats have lost over 900 state legislative seats.
But this year, most pollsters and media intelligentsia were weaving a different narrative. According to them, the post-election headlines this time around were going to be about the demise of Republicans and the angst, turmoil, and finger-pointing that would leave the Grand Old Party in tatters.
Instead, these are the post-election headlines populating the news and opinion pages:
“House Democrats Huddle After Election Shellacking” —Politico
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