It can be pretty safely said that mid-term elections almost always go against the ruling party, which means that, in most cases, no major changes need to be made to leadership or direction, because after the next Presidential election, the balance of power will shift anyway. But November’s mid-terms didn’t just hand the Republicans a decisive victory on the back of Democratic failures – or, in the case of Wendy Davis, something about Ebola – it changed the entire voter landscape. Suddenly, a lot of demographics that were squarely within the Democratic party were up for grabs. Dissatisfaction was widespread.
The quickest way to alleviate some of that voter discomfort was, of course, to make some easy changes. New leadership, maybe. A fresh face to go on MSNBC and argue that the two years of abject stupidity that we’re clearly in for are nothing more than an argument for one-party rule in 2016. Maybe it doesn’t even need to be that drastic. Get a few public faces some new suits or better haircuts. Get Debbie Wasserman Schultz a flat iron. Hire a clown. Just don’t automatically return to the way things were done before you got your a** handed to you at the voting booth.
House Democrats on Tuesday reelected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to serve as minority leader for another two years.
The 74-year-old California Democrat – in power for the last dozen years – will once again try to regain the House majority in 2016.
Pelosi was unopposed in the election and earned broad support from the Democratic Caucus despite grumbling from some lawmakers that Democrats needed a new message to excite voters after a devastating Election Day loss.
I can’t say I’m disappointed. Since Republicans have yet to articulate a reasonable party line, a stubborn Democratic unwillingness to budge from the status quo is about the best the GOP can hope for to boost it’s chances going into 2016, particularly given the field we’re currently working with: Dr. Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and two-thirds of Ted Cruz. And while at least one of those three managed to outraise Hillary in the last quarter, let’s just hope that we’re considering rounding out that field with, say, someone with an actual policy agenda.
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