April 19, 2017

CORBYN OR BLAIR:

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? : For all the roiling anger and energy at the grassroots, the party still fell short in Georgia and Kansas. And Democratic prospects in upcoming elections aren't promising. (GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI 04/19/17, Politico)

For all the anger, energy, and money swirling at the grassroots level, Democrats didn't manage to pick off the first two Republican-held congressional seats they contended for in the Trump era, and the prospects aren't markedly better in the next few House races coming up: the Montana race at the end of May, and the South Carolina contest on June 20.

Their best shot at knocking Donald Trump down a peg appears to be Ossoff's runoff against Republican Karen Handel, also scheduled for June 20. But the Democrat will be an underdog in that contest, when there won't be a crowded field of Republicans to splinter the vote.

After that, it'll be another five months before the New Jersey and Virginia elections for governor, leaving some strategists and lawmakers wondering how to keep the furious rank-and-file voters engaged in fueling and funding the party's comeback -- especially given the sky-high expectations that surrounded Ossoff's ultimately unsuccessful run at the 50-percent threshold that was necessary to win the seat outright.

Trying to maintain fury at your own party establishment and the American voter is how you end up the British Labour party.  

Posted by at April 19, 2017 8:28 AM

  

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