Democrats need new leaders
One of the many things that is worrying about post-election analysis is the response of the Democratic Party so far. It seems they will lean on the thesis that Democratic candidates were unsuccessful largely due to factors outside their control. That kind of thinking will not provide leadership that can reasonably expect to gain the White House or Congress over the next four years (“Anti-Trump protests continue in NewYork, LA, Philadelphia,” Nov. 14).
What the party needs is brand new leadership, an end to the stranglehold of the Clintons on the party for the past 25 years. Those new leaders need a vision and mission that retains current support but also provides genuine solutions to the kind of despair that led to a Donald Trump victory in the Electoral College. Yes, Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote, but don’t let that make anyone think that she had policies that could rescue large parts of the country from cynicism and a strong desire to throw out the vested interests that know Washington, D.C. but have not visited Kentucky or West Virginia or African-American community centers or Hispanic neighborhoods.
The Democrats spent their pre-election weekend bopping with Beyonce and Jay Z. I am not sure how that speaks to the disillusioned, the hard-pressed or the struggling.
Yes, Mr. Trump did appeal to the deplorables, a lot of them who came out of the mire to chant their way to public power. But he obviously also appealed to many people who voted in 2008 and 2012 for Barack Obama. There is, however, little doubt that those who did not vote or who voted for third-party candidates saw in the Democratic Party, at the top, collections of self-involved, selfinterested careerists who did not understand the electorate and, even if they did, could not find significant policies that promised real hope and tangible change for the better. The job of the Democrats is to reclaim their natural base, keep those who did vote for them and help organize the majority of the country that is appalled and frightened by what happened to the nation on November 8!