Tom Perez Apologizes for Telling the Truth, Showing Why Democrats’ Flaws Urgently Need Attention – The Intercept / Glenn Greenwald
That Hillary Clinton won the meaningless popular vote on her way to losing to Donald Trump, and that the singular charisma of Barack Obama kept him popular, have enabled many to ignore just how broken and failed the Democrats are as a national political force.An endless array of stunning statistics can be marshaled to demonstrate the extent of that collapse. But perhaps the most compelling piece of evidence is that even one of the U.S. media’s most stalwart Democratic loyalists, writing in an outlet that is as much of a reliable party organ as the DNC itself, has acknowledged the severity of the destruction. “The Obama years have created a Democratic Party that’s essentially a smoking pile of rubble,” wrote Vox’s Matthew Yglesias after the 2016 debacle, adding that “the story of the 21st-century Democratic Party looks to be overwhelmingly the story of failure.”
The Democrats’ greatest asset is also their biggest albatross. They will always have a significant amount of support because their core constituents will literally go in any ethical direction the party tells them to go. But therein lies the problem. That level of support also gives DNC leadership the mistaken belief that they really can take the party in the most extreme, un-American ways imaginable. The result is the alienation of 60% of the populace.