The Democrats today are where the Republicans were in 2012 — wringing their hands and doing assessments of how they performed so poorly in the 2014 midterm elections.
The Republicans in 2012 and 2013 talked a lot about a makeover to make the GOP more appealing to women, gays and people of color. Instead Republicans stuck with a winning plan of blaming President Barack Obama and anyone who liked him for all of the country’s problems.
So for the economic struggles on Main Street, blame Obama; for the turmoil in the Middle East, blame Obama; for the killings of black males in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and Cleveland, blame Obama; for people losing faith in government, blame Obama; for same-sex marriage, blame Obama; for the Keystone XL pipeline being on hold, blame Obama; for the world thinking there is a climate change problem, blame Obama; for the Affordable Care Act, blame Obama even if it is working better than expected; and for coal and coal country being demonized, blame Obama.
The Democrats’ problem in the midterm elections is they didn’t respond well. Instead of telling how much Obama has done for this country and individuals, they foolishly tried to distance themselves from the president and the diversity that the Democratic Party is known to represent.
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That cost Democrats the majority in Congress and a lot of state races. In 2016, Democrats shouldn’t run from Obama and the diversity he represents.
They should embrace both proudly and be forthright about it.