Hillary Clinton, we hardly knew you. Now we get to see more of you.
In Scranton, PA during an emotional scene on St. Patrick’s Day, the losing Democratic presidential candidate told a cheering crowd of women she was “ready to come out of the woods.”
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The words are surprisingly apt for a would-be President, who, until late on Election Night, did not think she was going to lose.
The more the nation sees of Mrs. Clinton, the better President Donald Trump looks.
The declining Democratic Party also seems to be staying the same. A coalition of groups seeking advantages for its members rather than the nation as a whole.
Mrs. Clinton and Democrats seemingly seek to serve the same base.
In both cases, they may be out of step with Americans.
More importantly, they don’t seem to be changing and may be heading down the road to another defeat in 2018.
After losing an election everyone thought she would win, Hillary Clinton supporters said Americans just didn’t get who she was and what she stood for.
But not to worry, Hillary Clinton says she is coming back on the national scene.
After her defeat, she disappeared as the Democratic Party sought to pick up the pieces of a shattered coalition seemingly out of touch with a geographic majority of Americans.
Ironically, Mrs. Clinton made her announcement in Pennsylvania, a state Democrats had carried in Presidential elections since 1988. She lost it to President Donald Trump like so many other so-called “firewall states” because of her ignoring of American voters.
Mrs. Clinton promised more of big government. Donald Trump promised less. The American people chose the latter.
Less than 100 days into President Trump’s administration, the actions he promised are forthcoming from an administration willing to fight mainstream media to get its message across.
Even with the overwhelming support from the mainstream press and the best efforts of the “Big Government” Democratic Party, it has failed to slow much less stop the Trump agenda.
Not only in Washington is the Democratic Party losing, but in the states as well. The Democratic Party is still grappling with its defeat and loss of all Federal level institutions. Much more damaging to the party is its disheartening decline in state legislative and governorships.
With a party leadership made up primarily of individuals over 70-years-of-age, Mrs. Clinton’s decision to reassert herself bodes ill for Democrats seeking to return to majority rule.
As one Washington insider said when asked about her return, “she will be the captain of a new Titanic.”
Should she follow through with her plan, Mrs. Clinton will play into the evolving scenario through which Republicans will achieve much of their legislative and judicial agenda.
While a cacophony of media anger shrieks at the repeal of Obamacare, Supreme Court nominees, budget cuts, and education reforms, President Trump and Republican leaders are implementing changes.
This has put the Democratic minorities in Congress and across the nation on the defensive. This has not gone unnoticed by the liberal media.
On the same weekend Mrs. Clinton announced her return, in its magazine cover story, The New York Times labeled the Democratic Party as the organization of No.
According to the voice of the liberal left, Democrats have no choice but to oppose much of the Republican agenda. Even though, some efforts including infrastructure rebuilding are high on the Party’s list.
Mrs. Clinton’s vow to rejoin the national narrative raises another question for Democrats. Where do their voters come from?
The slow decline in labor union member numbers and the direct effort by President Trump to woo them means that base needs to be attended to. Outside of government employees, unions have lost members each of the last 10 years.
Mrs. Clinton depended on women voters to win her the Presidency. They did not support her in the numbers she thought.
White men fled her and the party.
Black voters were also not the factor they were thought to be.
If the Democratic Party is to be more than a coalition of East and West Coast states it needs to pay attention to Middle-America.
Mrs. Clinton didn’t hear many Americans not of her coalition during the election. Neither is the Democratic Party changes as its choice for new National Party Chairman demonstrates.
President Trump and Republicans of all stripes as welcoming Mrs. Clinton back. She will make a welcomed subtraction to the Party’s efforts to rebound.