A National Party No More…

If we didn’t already know, the most recent election has shown the sharp geographic limitations of Democratic party influence. Democrats now control but a few states and it’s generally but a few populous counties within such states, at that. One would never know it from traditional media or the showbiz crowd, but most of the nation is conservative and controlled by conservative Republican politicians. The question is, what are the ramifications of this going forward and as a result of that, what is the real future of the Democratic Party?

I see further realignment coming as soon as the mid-term election of 2018. Something like 25 Democrat senators are up for re-election – which, of course, is more than half of their Democratic total. If they had been up for election this year, most of them in the vast red state portion of the country would have lost. Expect that in 2018, unless President Trump does such a poor job that voters take it out on Senate and congressional candidates and presumably others down-ballot. I don’t expect that, at least from how the Trump team has come out of the gate, even before actually taking office. I expect a continued purge of liberal office-holders, who are much too far left for the average voter in the many red states. More Republican senators, House members, governors, state legislators and local office holders are what we shall see in the foreseeable future.

Is there nothing that can be done by Democrats? The question isn’t really what they can do; it’s what they will do and right now it appears they are responding to a crushing defeat of liberal policies by taking another hard left. It’s exactly the opposite of what they must do to stay relevant, but the answer by the left to rejection always seems to be to go farther left. No, it doesn’t make any sense, but when was the last time they did anything that did? No, I can’t think of anything, either…