Daughter is flying in tomorrow to visit until Wednesday. Bob and I are excited she is coming.
Lest you think I talk only about the GOP I thought it appropriate to point out some areas in the Democratic party that could soon be troublesome. Hopefully by the time daughter leaves and I'm back to blogging, I'll be able to move on from politics and get a life.
1) Democrats do not have high voter turn out in mid-term elections. They tend to turn out for Presidential elections and then go away for four years. This is a big problem. If this happens in 2018 as it did in 2010 and before that in 1994 we will be in very big trouble. 1994 brought us Newt Gingrich, 2010 brought us the Tea Party.
I'm not sure the reason for this but I suspect it may have something to do with the high minority vote in the Democratic party. Perhaps minorities have not been properly educated on the importance of mid-term elections. Heck, whites apparently haven't been educated either. Whatever the reason, Republicans do a good job getting their voters out every two years. Democrats desperately need to work on this issue and do it soon.
2) I am very concerned about 2020 for Democrats. We simply must not run Hillary again. She has high negatives now but she'll have ever higher negatives by 2020. She has perhaps lucked out this time by running against Donald Trump but we must not take that chance in 2020. Who do you see waiting in the wings who might be ready by 2020? That concerns me a lot. Shame on Democrats for not doing a better job grooming future candidates.
3) I was very pleased to see the top layer of the DNC resign. Republicans might have fared better if that had happened to the RNC a few years prior to this election. I see this as a plus, a time for Democrats to get their act together by 2020 with new people and hopefully new ideas.
4) The Bernies may not go away. Time will tell but it looks to me like they're about the business of changing the Democratic party and this election will not be forgotten. I spent some time researching this issue today. Remember when the Republican Party thought that little bunch of noise makers called the Tea Party was no cause for concern? Think about the same for Democrats and Bernies.
It has been my experience that all fundamentalism, right as well as left, all comes from the same root. One is no more destructive than the other. Democrats need to heads up and not ignore the Bernies.
Finally, my question is this, if the Republicans continue to move to the right and Democrats continue to move to the left how will we ever have a government that functions?