Democratic Party: Get Your Sh** Together Before Midterm Elections
By: Kayla Pasacreta
Things have been going rocky for the Democratic Party since the 2016 election. The victims of Russian hackers; hundreds of emails from top Democratic staffers were leaked. The result ended in former chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Representative for Florida’s 23rd congressional district, stepping down just a week before the Democratic National Convention. This only helped further the narrative of Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton being an elitist, to help Donald Trump’s appeal of being a government outsider who was serious about change. Despite Trump’s lack of experience and questionable rhetoric condemned by both sides of the aisle, he still prevailed. Why?
On Wedensday, Greg Ginaforte, a Republican politician, was sworn into the House. But he isn’t just any ordinary politician. The night before election night, he publicly assaulted a reporter from The Guardian. Ginaforte responded in a rage when the reporter asked him a question about his healthcare bill, body slamming him on camera and yelling, “Get the hell out of here!” The video immediately surfaced online, Ginaforte apologized, and victory was still his the following night. Voters essentially didn’t care that he assaulted a reporter on live television – because anything goes now, right? Ginaforte, much like Trump, suffered no consequences for audio admission of assault. Instead, he was granted public office.
With all the scandals surrounding the Trump administration, the Democratic Party should be prosperous. Not stagnant. For Democrats to reclaim the house, they must take over 24 seats that are held by Republicans.
Is there hope for the Democratic Party? Georgia’s 6th district election had the whole country looking – it was the most expensive House Race in history. Even though Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lost, there may be a silver lining in the victory. The Republican Party spent almost $20 million dollars to compete for a seat they’ve held since 1979. Ossoff brought competition.
Still, the defeat was crushing, and has many Democrats going back to the drawing board. On May 31st, a couple months after losing the election, Hillary Clinton was candid about why she felt she lost the election. She explained, "I'm now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party…It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong. I had to inject money into it -- the DNC -- to keep it going."
Many are playing the blame game and critiquing Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Representative Filemon Vela (D-Texas), frakly stated, “I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top.” According to Washington Examiner, others place blame on, “the rank and file Democrats for not demanding a positive and specific agenda to sell to the voters”.
If Democrats don’t reclaim control in 2018, Trump has more flexibility to pass his agenda many deem harmful to every day Americans. Though there are historic levels of division occurring throughout the country, the Democratic Party has no choice but to figure out a way to adjust to the turmoil. If Democrats don’t start taking advantage of the failures of the Trump Administration, their chances are dim at reclaiming any control for 2018 midterm elections. And if midterm elections don’t go well – the party is likely to be doomed for the 2020 election.