While Republicans identify voters by issues, Democrats identify voters by race, ethnicity, sex, and sexual preferences.Failures, by the way, that seven years of Hope and Change have failed to undo.
A suspicious and significant number of black Democrats are quietly leaning toward the Republican Party, and that could possibly defy conventional wisdom’s prognostications. With leading black Republicans in elected office and serving as community leaders, the shift away from the Democrats is largely based on failing schools, lack of economic opportunity, and traditional values, particularly religious beliefs.
While listening to Democrats bemoan the lack of leadership in their party, we also hear them express deep disappointment in Obama’s two-terms in the White House, who undoubtedly set himself up for failure by promising nearly impossible superlative achievements, such as taming the oceans, but also moderate goals of a transparent administration, holding big business responsible for the banking collapse that set off the Great Recession, and his overall lack of ability – or willingness – to solve long-term issues in the rising national debt and the illegal immigration crisis. Mr. Obama kept U.S. troops in Iraq longer than George W. Bush’s exit plan, and he still has not closed Guantanamo Bay as promised. In regards to environmental policy, the sky is still scheduled to fall on January 20, 2017.It's something that socialists who ordinarily argue with Democrats, but still vote for them, recognize. Thus Katrina VanDen Heuvel.
Across the world we see Japan in decline, China slowing, Europe stagnant at best and Russia and Brazil headed into depression. Whether the United States can remain an island of slow growth in a troubled world remains to be seen.Perhaps she, too, is not seeing the quiet defection of parts of the old rainbow coalition toward especially Mr Trump.
What Democrats better learn — and learn fast — is that more and more people get that the rules have been rigged for the very few. They see the corrupted politics, the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington. They see that entrenched interests clean up while average Americans get cleaned out. And increasingly, Americans are in revolt against the establishments of both parties that have led us down this road.
That is the power of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Donald Trump.
Democratic candidates enjoy a natural demographic advantage in this fall’s elections, as Republicans continue to offend the rising American majority — people of color, young people, single women.Ms VanDen Heuvel has elsewhere endorsed Senator Sanders in the primaries, which makes her "not the candidate of continuity" claim particularly amusing. What is the senator doing, if not advancing the same agenda of nanny-statism, technocracy, and centralized government that has passed as "progressive democracy" for the past 125 years?
The one challenge for any Democratic candidate is that he or she must be the candidate of fundamental change, not the candidate of continuity. The rules are still rigged; our politics still corrupted. Republicans stand in the way. Democrats will win if their voters come out to vote. And the only way to inspire that is to champion the change we need, not the progress we’ve made.