In January 2015, Politifact reported:
Obama’s record for losses, at least through the 2014 midterms, is historically bad having overseen two horrible midterm elections for Democrats. Overall, Sabato wrote, Democrats during Obama’s presidency lost 11 governorships, 13 U.S. Senate seats, 69 House seats, and 913 state legislative seats and 30 state legislative chambers. (Our analysis of legislative seats is off from Sabato’s (Larry Sabato, a political expert at the University of Virginia Center for Politics) by three. The small discrepancy is likely due to run-offs and recounts.)
The shedding of U.S. House seats, state legislative seats and statehouse control is at least twice the average two-term losses from Truman through George W. Bush, Sabato said.
There were further losses in the past election, including the presidency. So where do the Democrats go from here? Well, I don’t think they actually have that totally figured out yet.
Yesterday, The American Thinker posted an article about Tom Perez, the newly-elected Democratic National Committee Chairman. Conventional wisdom says that the Democratic Party dodged a bullet by not electing Rep. Keith Ellison, who has some rather interesting radical associations in his past and present. However, the article disputes the conventional wisdom by claiming that Perez is as radical as Ellison, just more quiet about it.
The article reports:
Perez had a actual track record. It could be summed up as one damaging-to-democracy act after another, all in the name of advancing he Democratic Party’s partisan interests. What it means is that he places party over state, same as Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez did.
Interestingly enough, CASA de Maryland, a Soros-funded group dedicated to helping illegal immigrants flout U.S. immigration law that Perez headed up, took a $1.5 million donation in 2008 from the Venezuelan dictator. Perez seems to have taken Chavez’s philosophy along with it, which isn’t that surprising: His dad was a well-known henchman for Rafael Trujillo, the bemedaled, mirrored-sunglassed Idi-Amin-style thug dictator of the Dominican Republic who used to throw his opponents literally into the shark pools over his 30-plus years rule. Trujillo was the grotesque dictator featured in Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa’s Feast of the Goat. One cannot control who one’s relatives are, of course, but Perez is notable for lying about it, not just in denying the relationship but in saying it was the opposite of what it was.
The article further reports:
As for his (Perrez) own division of DOJ, a 250-page internal DOJ Inspector General’s report blasted it for its hothouse atmosphere of racial grievance mongering, “with several incidents in which deep ideological polarization fueled disputes and mistrust that harmed the functioning of the Voting Section.” Some leadership.
This is the work of a rabid activist who sees advancing the leftist agenda and the party that has adopted it as the goal. The party’s supremacy is his goal and the law is an obstacle. Sounds a heckuva lot like the Obama administration, which he exerted considerable influence over. Will the voters go for same-old, same-old? The current state of the Democratic Party seems to think there’s a need for more of it.
As the Democratic Party moves left, they may find themselves representing fewer and fewer Americans. We have seen the fruit of an overreaching and overspending government, and we want our country back. I am not sure how many generations that will take, but it can be done.
It will be interesting to see if the election of Tom Perez stops the losses of the Democratic Party. I have a suspicion that it will not.