Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The decimation of the Democratic Party, visualized

The decimation of the Democratic Party, visualized - The Washington Post:
"...It can be hard to see the extent to which the Democratic collapse has occurred. 
...That whistling sound you hear is the party Thelma-and-Louiseing.
Two days after its candidate for the presidency suffered a stunning loss, the tension within the party became uncontainable. 
The Huffington Post reports that at a party meeting on Thursday, a staffer named Zach yelled at Donna Brazile, who took over as chair following the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz this summer.
"Why should we trust you as chair to lead us through this?" he said, according to HuffPo's Jennifer Bendery. 
He went on to accuse Brazile of having "backed a flawed candidate," Hillary Clinton, and having "plotted through this to support your own gain and yourself."
"You are part of the problem," Zach reportedly said.
We tend to focus on the loss of the presidency as the example of Democratic failure. 
That's blinkered. 
Since 2008, by our estimates, the party has shed 870 legislators and leaders at the state and federal levels -- and that estimate may be on the low side. 
As Donald Trump might put it, that's decimation times 50.
No wonder Zach got mad..."

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