Schumer Says Democrats Will Fight Trump 'Tooth and Nail'
Nov 24 2016 by Kristina Bennett
He's Trump's home-state senator from NY, received campaign contributions from him, but says they never socialized. "More than trending: It is Republican". Democrats have long paid insufficient attention to their grassroots races, failing time and again to find the "language that real voters speak in".
Rather than a rightward lurch, "It's paramount right now in American politics to build a plurality coalition, because we are still a country of great diversity", argued Paul Schumaker, who was North Carolina GOP Sen. We want to be part of a blue wave.
President-elect Donald Trump won election by torching every rule in the political book, calling government officials "very, very stupid" and promising to hire the best people to fulfill "every dream you've ever dreamed". "As you know, Democrats got a majority of the popular vote, Hillary [Clinton] did". 'Here's Bernie Sanders, he's with us now.' The truth is they've learned nothing.
The color-coded map of the 2017 party breakdown in the House precisely illustrates their dilemma. In an interview with The New Yorker published Friday, the president said he believes his signature health care law is among the "most vulnerable" to be rewritten or repealed.
Obama has said he will actively support a new party initiative, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, that seeks to restore state-level Democratic power.
Some in the Democratic rank and file are growing restive over their continuing exile in the minority.
"The party's message, structure and apparatus are broken", said Kofinis, who was chief of staff to moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
The only thing standing between Senate Democrats and an electoral wipeout in 2018? McConnell said last week that he wouldnt anticipate yet that Democrats would try to block Trumps nominee or what we might do in reaction to that.. They played into Mr. Trump's narrative about corruption in Washington, D.C., and a rigged system that doesn't benefit average Americans. The narrowness of Trump's victory (100,000 votes across three states) makes this blame game particularly unproductive because all explanations-from the idea that Clinton lost due to political sabotage to the idea that Clinton lost because the Democratic Party isn't left-wing enough-have surface plausibility.
"Now, what does that affect?" "What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industry". But the repeal would not take effect until the future, perhaps a year later, to give lawmakers time to fashion a replacement. We tend to react quickly and run out of steam. "And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world". The Democratic Party should be so lucky.
Republicans also command 32 state legislatures and have full control - meaning they hold the governor's office and both legislative chambers - in 24 states, including swing states such as Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Democrats will win when theirs is the "big tent" party. (Democrats held 15 such so-called trifectas, Republicans seven.). Republicans have controlled the Pennsylvania legislature since 2011. "If they don't, it's speaking volumes about the Republican Party, and Democrats are relatively powerless to do anything about that". But what would the country be like after 20 or 30 years of near-total Republican control? We look at the next election. Democrats made slight gains in red states like Arizona and Texas this year.
"These aren't things we've been surprising people with", Mr. Obama said at a press conference in Peru, where he was attending a summit.
"How we organize politically, I think is something that we should spend some time thinking about", the president said.
That's good. Sessions' nomination will be a particular test. Senators are typically kind to one another, but the Alabama Republican's history on race is so extreme that business as usual would be a grave default for a party that has long championed civil rights and voting rights.