Data on why the Democrats lost

3001882991_6f59c181c7_oNow that the dust has settled from the presidential election and there has been time to process the data, Democrats are learning why they lost the election.  The conventional wisdom has been that they failed to get out their base.  That is, that too many minorities, women, and young adults just didn’t bother to vote.  That was part of the problem.  But the main reason, according to researchers, is that so many working class folks who had voted for Barack Obama chose to vote for Donald Trump instead of the Democratic candidate.

Reportedly, Democrats have been arguing over whether they need to persuade people to vote for them or just energize their base.  “I think there’s a lot of worry that we don’t actually know how to persuade anymore,” says a Democratic think tanker, “and so maybe we should just go talk to the people we agree with.” [Read more…]

All Democrats must now support abortion

512px-Thomas_Perez,_Assistant_Attorney_General_for_Civil_Rights,_official_portraitThe new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, says that all Democratic candidates must support abortion.  Otherwise, they will receive no party money.  This applies also to state and city candidates and is “not negotiable.”

 

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Shutting down the government over the Wall & Planned Parenthood

Chuck_Schumer_January_2016Senate Democrats say they will shut down the government by filibustering any spending bills that include building a wall along the Mexican border or that defund Planned Parenthood.

The government runs out of money on April 28 unless more funding is approved.

President Trump plans to release his proposed budget this week.

If the government gets shut down, the Democrats are convinced that Republicans will get blamed.

 

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The travails of pro-life Democrats

Who do you think said this?

“Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized — the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old. When history looks back at this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception.”

Find out after the jump.

Also find out about pro-life Democrats trying to have an impact in their party and how they are being treated.

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Democrats hope to come back by going left

The_hand_that_will_rule_the_worldDemocrats strategizing over how to overcome their recent defeats now have a plan:  go left.

They are reasoning that they can get back those working class voters who chose Trump.  After all, Trump’s populist economics promises–including protectionism, job protection, and more jobs–goes along with what Democrats used to stand for, before the party embraced globalism and Wall Street.

The Democrats believe that the cultural issues are still to their advantage, so they are going to emphasize their social liberalism even more.   After all, Trump is quite pro-gay, and that didn’t hurt him.

And Bernie Sanders, the socialist, was their one candidate who really created enthusiasm.

Normally, defeated parties try to go to the center, as David Weigel shows after the jump, but this time Democrats are going to purge their flirtation with moderation–begun by Bill Clinton–and become even more extreme.

Do you think this strategy will work?

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The Democrats’ religion problem

12522034864_d0253b3da9_zMichael Wear is a pro-life evangelical Christian who was a staffer for Barack Obama, helping him reach faith groups in 2012.  He is now criticizing his fellow Democrats for writing off Christians.

Emma Green, writing in the Atlantic, interviews him about his new book on the subject  and about why the Democratic party as a whole has become so antagonistic to religious people, something that did not used to be the case and something that will continue to limit the party’s prospects in this still very religious nation. [Read more…]