Democrats’ bloodletting is just getting started

Democrats won the presidency and held the House by margins so slim they’d make Weight Watchers proud. And the betting is they’ll fail to capture the Senate from Republicans.

Why did they fall so far short of the landslide they expected? Polls were outlandishly inaccurate, but pointing at them is like blaming a faulty thermometer for a grim chilly day — which is especially obtuse when you learned it was broken four years ago. The real reason Democrats lost ground is that voters hate their policies on raising taxes, ending fracking, opening borders, and other matters, as pollster Mark Penn pointed out in the Wall Street Journal.

The nuanced vote of centrist citizens, cashiering President Trump while rejecting leftist policies, was a stinging rebuke of the blue party and an existential threat to socialists. In response, the Justice Democrats defiantly but also defensively cried, “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead,” and demanded that the party brass retain all the ugly extremist promises voters rejected. But Democratic politicians do not differ from other politicians in yearning for power, and, harebrained though some may be, they aren’t mad enough to expect different results if they do exactly the same thing next time. In fact, they’d probably do worse because voters don’t like being ignored, and, oh yes, Republicans may soon not have Trump weighing down their prospects.

Democrats’ bloodletting is just getting started

Democrats won the presidency and held the House by margins so slim they’d make Weight Watchers proud. And the betting is they’ll fail to capture the Senate from Republicans. Why did they fall so far short of the landslide they expected?

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