The Democratic Party continues to struggle in trying to come up with a plan for the 2018 elections. While, some Democrats are emphasizing on the need to make attacks on President Trump’s actions and linking them with the entire Republican Party. “I think we can tie House Republicans to the failure of the Trump administration,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). “It’s conceivable we could probably win back the House.”
However, with quite a few Democrats arguing that the party needs to quit using their “foolish” strategies, it is very evident that the Democratic Party is still very much divided ever since their defeat in the 2016 Presidential elections.
“My recommendation is to run against the Republican Party, and I think our party has made a mistake by emphasizing too much Mr. Trump,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.). “He’ll speak for himself, and he’ll trip on himself,” he added.
Former chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. John Larson (Conn.), on the other hand expressed that the Democratic Party needs to think beyond attacking Trump. He emphasized that the Democrats need to work on coming up with valid solutions rather than wasting their time and resources on finding things that are going wrong during the Trump administration.
“Whether it’s Russia or whether it’s the healthcare proposal — those are all going to work themselves out,” he said. “But when you go back to your district, the overarching thing is: Where are the jobs and what’s your solution?”
“It won’t be enough just to resist — you have to have a solution” he added.
In a recent interview on MSNC Live, host Katy Tur questioned Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia to name the leader of the Democratic Party. However, McAuliffe had only one answer, “I’m not going to give you,” and that “there are many leaders of the Democratic Party.”
“You are a savvy guy. You are plugged in. You’ve been around Democratic politics a long time. You no doubt are having conversations behind the scenes. No doubt those conversations are being had probably every day. Who is the leader of the Democratic Party, right now?” the host questioned.
McAuliffe replied by saying, “I think there are many leaders of the Democratic Party—” Tur interrupted him asking for a name in particular. However, McAuliffe continued to be very vague and refused to give a singular name. In fact he mentioned that “governors who are leading the states” are also leading the party itself.
“I’m not gonna give you — I’ll say the governors who are leading their states, creating jobs, building infrastructure, building an education system that works. We have to balance our budgets, unlike Washington — they print money, they still can’t balance a budget. We create jobs, we build infrastructure, we do education. Governors need to lead the way,” he answered.
“I’m just confused, because I’ve asked a number of Democrats, big names in the Democratic Party this question over the past six, seven, eight months, and I can’t get an answer from anyone,” Tur responded. “I can’t get one name from anybody about who’s leading the Democratic Party, right now. What does that say?”
Even Vice President Joe Biden refused to name a singular leader when he was asked a similar question.
Even though, the Democratic Party has now spent months and months over trying to indicate the underlying reasons that caused their defeat, they still appear to have a long way ahead in coming up a path forward.