Nov
11
2015

Quote of the Day, Slate Abruptly Realizes That Democrats Will Lose Next Year edition.

Slate can’t quite come out and say so, but that’s one heck of an ‘if,’ there:

It’s hard to overstate just how much is on the line for the Democratic Party in getting its “Rising American Electorate” numbers up. It was enthusiasm and turnout among these groups that pushed President Obama to two Electoral College victories—and, in turn, reoriented the Democratic Party to cater to these demographics, who then didn’t show up in nearly as strong numbers when Obama wasn’t on the ballot. The Big Question of 2016 Politics, ever since it became clear that Clinton would pursue a strategy tailored to retaining the Obama coalition, has been whether Clinton could turn out these groups in similar numbers. If she can’t, then the 2016 election will look less like the 2008 and 2012 ones and more like the 2010 and 2014 ones. Meaning: the Democratic Party will be almost completely wiped out of American political leadership above the municipal level.

I add the last line not because I think that the GOP is going to get that lucky – more’s the pity; metaphorically burning the Democratic party down its metaphorical roots might actually get all the Angry Left rot metaphorically purged from it – but because I think that my readers deserve a treat.  And a reminder: whatever our problems are, they pale in comparison to the Democrats’.  I mean, at least we’re not required to ignore objective reality itself during this cycle…

5 Comments

  • Mikey NTH says:

    “The Big Question of 2016 Politics, ever since it became clear that Clinton would pursue a strategy tailored to retaining the Obama coalition, has been whether Clinton could turn out these groups in similar numbers.”

    That will be like watching Nikita Kruschev trying to out-hip and out-cool Frank Sinatra circa 1958.

  • Antoninus Pius says:

    the Angry Left seems to be like kudzu; once it gets a foothold someplace it’s very very hard to get it all out. in an odd way, they might actually like a Cruz presidency, so much to get upset and angrier about…

    • acat says:

      Mixed bag..
      .
      A Cruz presidency, or a Trump presidency for that matter, would provide the sane-left .. the JFK wing of the D’s, if you will .. with ample opportunity for targeting and burning out the hatey-shouteys ..
      .
      The exploding heads, though, would provide quite a bit of fertilizer for the next crop to grow, though.
      .
      Mew

  • JEM says:

    I will note UK Labour’s response to having been washed out of national electoral politics with the LibDem purge and the rise of the SNP: they picked the hardest-left, nationalizing, terrorist-boosting crank that country’s seen in half a century, a guy who makes Bernie Sanders look like Ronald Reagan. And, while Cameron’s response has been more like “let’s play nice and scrape off more of their vote” rather than a Thatcherite “let’s stuff it up ’em” the Tories right now are gleefully anticipating another decade in power.

    It’s not impossible to see that the Democrats here might go the same way; should they come out of 2016 losing the White House, holding about where they’re at in Congress, holding about where they’re at in the statehouses, it’s not impossible to see the Democrats emerge under more openly radical leadership.

    • acat says:

      Certainly, going full-metal-anything is contra-indicated, but .. since the people put in charge of a political party are usually the ones in political offices, a more full-metal-Proggy Dems is quite likely.
      .
      Mew

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