It’s been a rough year for Democrats. Last year ended in a manner that how no one within the party saw coming. For months, we all heard about how former First Lady Hillary Clinton was going to run away with the election, and Democrats were set up for a big election day. The extent to which polls built up the Clinton campaign was extraordinary, and the Democratic machine leaned heavily on them.
But it all fell apart, and here we are with President Donald Trump instead of President Hillary Clinton.
Democrats faced soul searching similar to Republicans after Mitt Romney failed to stop the second term of former President Barack Obama. Where do we go from here?
At the time, Republicans studied their electoral prospects and reviewed their problems. Various proposals were floated about how to reach out to the youth, attract minorities, and otherwise broaden their base. While many Democrats would argue President Trump undid all of this progress, Democrats themselves may never even get to that point.
Since the devastating election loss, Democrats have focused on a series of goals. First, the return to control in Congress could mean curbing the Trump agenda and even further extremes such as impeachment. More progressive elements of the party such as Senator Bernie Sanders aim for a single payer healthcare system.
Overall, Democrats want to move forward. Most Democrats, at least.
Almost a year after Clinton lost the election, she’s still making sorry excuses for her loss. Everyone from the Russians to the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have landed on her ever growing list of excuses as to why she lost the election.
Notably absent from the list of reasons why Hillary Clinton lost the election is Hillary Clinton herself.
Now, Clinton is releasing a new book taking aim at the Democratic establishment, which ironically is the reason why she was even nominated in the first place. If it were not for the top of the Democratic National Committee stacking the deck in her favor, Sen. Bernie Sanders may have won the nomination, and America would have seen a different election. Clinton is biting the hand that feeds her, and it is rubbing many Democrats the wrong way.
Many political observers are saying the midterm elections will be difficult for Republicans. With the ongoing Russian investigations, ineffectiveness of the Republicans in Congress and President Trump’s own demeanor, the theory is that Democrats will easily amass huge gains.
The ongoing internal civil war that will not die may prevent this.
While Clinton is busy trying to hopelessly clear her own name, she’s tearing open old wounds. A lesson she didn’t learn last year is that the civil war between establishment Democrats and progressive liberals will tear down the party. It sunk Clinton and down-ballot Democrats in 2016, and it will sink Democrats up and down the ballot in the midterms as well.
If Hillary Clinton continues to insist on dividing the left, she may be the best thing to happen to the Republican Party. They’ll win once again as the Democrats snipe at each other, with Clinton’s own ego at the center causing the bitter feud.