Make a list of everyone the Democrat Party has blamed for their 2016 electoral loss (it may actually be easier to make a list of everyone they haven’t blamed) and you’ll find one interesting name not on the list… Hillary Clinton.
On Monday the National Journal’s Ron Fournier exposed this problem with one simple tweet:
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) December 19, 2016
The folks at MSNBC’s Morning Joe used the Fournier tweet as a jumping off point to an important discussion about the Democrat Party’s seemingly constant state of denial, wondering why they would choose to blame anyone (and everyone) not named Hillary Clinton.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) December 19, 2016
If you’re keeping track since her loss on November 8th, Hillary Clinton’s Democrat supporters (and the media, but I repeat myself) have blamed the FBI, James Comey, the media, Russian hackers, Vladimir Putin, Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner, President Barack Obama, and the voters themselves.
On Morning Joe Elise Jordan, a former advisor to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), makes an astute point when she notes that the Democrats seem to be laying the groundwork to repeat all of their recent mistakes. She argues that by choosing to ignore the real problem with the 2016 election, the Democrats are setting themselves up for a tremendous failure come 2018.
It gets worse, apparently Hillary’s supporters aren’t the only ones in denial… so is the candidate herself.
“It’s just this utter incapability for self-examination.
It’s the Russians fault. It’s Comey’s fault. ..It’s Obama’s fault. It’s fake News’s fault. It’s the media’s fault. She took another gratuitous swipe at the media saying it was our fault.
But what all of this allows them and the Democratic party to do is to avoid the tough questions about why they lost and how they alienated such a large bloc of voters that they needed to win. …And the fact that none of them saw this for the election this was.”
In fact, the 2016 election is barely over and already some respected pundits are wondering if the GOP isn’t destined to win a major supermajority in Congress come 2018.
The GOP’s strong 2016 election showing raises a crucial question: Do Republicans have any chance of netting eight Senate seats – and a filibuster-proof majority – in 2018?
The upcoming Senate class is unusually unbalanced. Only eight Republican Senate seats are up for election in 2018, compared to 25 Democratic seats (including two independents who caucus with the Democrats). Ten of those Democratic seats are in states carried by Donald Trump.
By any measure, Democrats are on the defensive in the next fight for Senate control. A three-seat Democratic midterm gain, which would give the party a majority, looks virtually impossible given the seats up this cycle.
The continued Democrat denial is music to the GOP’s ears and while the whining certainly is annoying, if it means more conservative policies and smaller government, Republicans are happy to learn to deal with it.