‘Democrats lose again (0-4),’ gloated President Donald Trump after the Republican party won Georgia’s vacant 6th Congressional District.
Then he added an extra ball-spiking slam: ‘Total disarray.’
Unlike some of Trump’s public statements, this was one that no Democrat could legitimately contest for factual accuracy.
Democrats really HAVE lost all four special House elections since he won the White House.
And they really ARE in total and complete disarray.
I’ve spent the past few months warning liberals their constant hysterical behaviour in relation to Trump would backfire and simply strengthen his position. And what do you see playing out now? Democrat party infighting, investigations swinging around and focus being placed on Democrats, and a continual loss of power.
Weeping, wailing and marching every time he breaks wind isn’t going to work.
Now we are beginning to see hard ballot box proof of this theory.
Make no mistake, Handel’s win was a devastating one for the Democrats.
It was a seat they were convinced they could win because Trump only carried Georgia’s 6th District by a tiny 1.5% margin in the general election.
Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff amassed a vast campaigning war chest of $23.6 million and the party threw its full national and local force behind him.
Osoff even arrogantly boasted he was going to ‘send a message’ to Trump.
This was going to be a referendum on America’s most divisive ever president; the first big success for the frenzied anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ movement.
He, Jon Ossoff, was going to smack Trump in the political nose and be a hero to his fellow Democrats.
Republican candidate Karen Handel won by a sizeable 4-point margin, having spent just $4 million.
And by doing so, she ensured Trump won again too.
His personal approval rating may be very low, but his ability to win elections at any level of US democracy remains impressively invincible. Also do not forget the same people polling these approval ratings, are the ones that gave Hillary Clinton a 98% chance of winning the presidency, and how did that work out?
Republicans control the White House, the Senate and the House, and have thus rarely been more powerful.
The Democrats, by contrast, have never been in a weaker position in their entire modern history. And a lot of that is down to Barack Obama.
As Rolling Stone reported this week, during Obama’s two terms the party lost 13 governorships and their control of state legislatures collapsed from six in 10 to now one in three.
Across federal and state government, Democrats have lost nearly 1000 seats!
This is about as bad as it gets.
So what can be done about this dire Democrat demise?
Well, here are my 10 suggestions for how they can sort their s**t out:
1) Dump Hillary. Every time their failed candidate pops up to whine about her loss, they drain more support. I’ve seen some bad losers in my time but Mrs Clinton is right up there with the very worst. She’s blamed everything and everyone from Putin to Comey, and she just won’t shut up about it. The Democrats need to send Hillary to political Siberia for her own sake as much as theirs.
2) Stop abusing Trump. The self-styled ‘smart crowd’ in New York and LA think it’s oh so clever to keep mocking and insulting the President. Yet as last night’s result showed, real America – the one between those two large liberal conclaves – doesn’t like it. And they will turn out in big numbers to affirm their irritation.
3) Find a leader. The Democrats are completely rudderless at the moment. They desperately need a fresh face and voice to re-ignite their base. That face can be black, white, male, female, young, not-so-young, thin, fat. It doesn’t matter who it is, so long as he or she presents a dynamic new image for the party.
4) Get positive. The Democrats lost the general election because they spent the entire time delivering dire warnings of how awful Trump would be in the unthinkable event of him actually winning. He, meanwhile, focused on big, bold, simple messaging led by his vow to Make America Great Again. It was brilliant marketing, and it worked. Millions of Americans believed then, and still believe, that Trump can cut through the usual political nonsense to improve their lives. The Democrats must now offer their own positive vision for America, and do it in a way that resonates with the public.
5) Be inclusive. One of the rare Democrat success stories is Rep. Cheri Bustos, who won her district in Illinois last November by a whopping 20-point margin. She has urged her colleagues to hear out Trump supporters rather than ridicule them. ‘People want to feel they’re being listened to,’ she told The Christian Science Monitor, ‘that they haven’t been forgotten.’ Democrats, she added, ‘need to stop acting like everyone else is a villain.’ When asked to describe a Trump voter, she responded: ‘They’re regular people.’ Meryl Streep might howl with fury at that comment, but that is why Cheri Bustos won big.
6) Get out into the heartland. The NY & LA bubble is so incredibly dangerous for all Democrats. I would say that 95% of all US mainstream media is slavishly devoted to hating Trump. It spews from their every pore in a 24/7 cycle of derision, and it drives huge ratings and circulation. It’s making them all very rich, be it CNN, the New York Times or Stephen Colbert. But I’ve spent a lot of time filming in states like Texas and Florida in the past two years and trust me, they view Trump in an entirely different way. To defeat him, you must first understand his appeal. To do that, you must go to the places that voted for him and speak to those who bought into him.
7) Stand for something, and mean it. Everybody knows what Trump stands for because he’s banged the drum for his core issues – like The Wall, bringing back outsourced jobs and his travel ban – more times than Charlie Watts has banged his for the Rolling Stones. I honestly haven’t got a clue what the Democrats currently believe really matters to either themselves or Americans. And that’s a big problem when you’re trying to beat one of the most skilled brand-managers in American political history.
8) Tell your celebrity fans to shut the **** up. The constant smug, superior, belittling rhetoric that pours out from famous liberals on social media is utterly self-defeating. I know it makes you all feel good when halfwits like Madonna or quarterwits like Chrissy Tiegen tear into Trump on Twitter. But it just serves to remind everyone the Democrats are the party for wealthy, privileged stars who haven’t got a monkey’s cuss how the real world lives or works. Trump is despised by most celebrities, yet adored by tens of millions of working class Americans. And he’s living at the White House. Do the math.
9) Do deals with the Republicans. Yes, I’m serious. Americans are sick and tired of intransigent Washington politicians obstructing each other. So do the right thing and work with Trump and his team on big, important stuff like healthcare – for the good of the country. I know it will make you puke, but that’s the price you pay for losing. The upside is the American people will see a Democrat Party putting them before itself, and that, I guarantee you, will improve your popularity.
10)Learn to win again. Anywhere. And do it on any agenda other than Trump-bashing. Winning is a habit and the Democrats need to pour resources and the right people into doing it again. ‘I don’t like losers,’ Trump said in his book Art of the Deal. Then he elaborated: ‘There are people – I categorize them as life’s losers – who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. If they had any real ability they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something constructive themselves.’ He’s right. Though I suspect if I asked him his view of losers today, he’d reply that in the case of the Democrats he’d amend it to read: ‘I don’t like these losers, I LOVE them!’
But, this simply won’t happen. They will continue to alienate voters, be the party of no platform, and continue to run on an anti-Trump message. They simply will not learn from past mistakes. They do not speak to middle America.