The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters delivered a scathing indictment of the Democrat Party during a guest appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday. Peters argued that the Democrat Party is devoid of leadership right now, and there is no reason to believe that things will be any better come 2020. As host Joe Scarborough explained, the 2018 midterm elections will be crucial to the future of the party but there isn’t much reason for Democrats to be hopeful as they’ll be forced to defend the majority of the positions up for a vote. While things look bleak for Democrats in 2018, there is reason to believe that 2020 could be even worse… which, let’s be honest, means only good things for America’s future. We’re all better off when the Democrats have less influence.
Republicans remain well-positioned to retain their grip on power in the 2018 elections.
While Republicans hold only a slim majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats occupy most of the seats up for election in two years. That means they must play defense against Republicans, especially in 10 states that Trump won.
In the U.S. House, Republicans will be aided by favorable district boundaries that were drawn to maintain GOP political dominance…
Democratic congressional candidates would need to win the 2018 nationwide vote by 7 to 12 percentage points to capture enough seats to win control of the House. The last time Democrats enjoyed such a spread was 2008, he said.
But circumstances have changed since then.
“There are just more districts at the moment that have a natural tilt toward Republicans, partly because of Democratic geography and partly because of Republicans drawing districts with an eye toward helping pick up more seats for their party,” said Michael Barber, an assistant political science professor at Brigham Young University who has studied the effects of gerrymandering and incumbency on congressional elections.
Watch as Scarborough and Peters discuss the dearth of Democrat leadership.
Joe Scarborough: “If you’re a Democrat you’ve got the most important midterm elections maybe since ’06, I would say 1974, who knows. But they are absolutely critical to the future of this Democratic Party.”
Jeremy Peters: “Well it’s funny. So, yesterday I was talking to a young Democrat who tried to pick my brain about who should he work for — like he was looking at the Iowa caucuses in 2020. And I said honestly, I have no idea. There is no leadership right now, there is such a vacuum. The — the — the sclerosis in the Democratic Party is so overwhelming and — and — and crippling that they do not have a bench. They do not have leaders.”