The Democrats lost the South again.
Mike Espy's substantial loss to Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi's Senate race Tuesday night completes the Democratic Party's shutout in gubernatorial or Senate races in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Texas.
Like a bad college football team, the Democrats love moral victories. We fought a good fight, they say. One day, one day, ....
The Democrats need a better message than that their GOP opponent is reprehensible. It won in Alabama, because Republican Roy Moore was even more distasteful than GOP winners Ted Cruz of Texas, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Brian Kemp of Georgia. But hoping to win because of moderates' revulsion to GOP candidates is a poor strategy.
Those Democratic campaigns do well with MSNBC. Not so much with voters. The Democrats need to come up with a program that excites voters.
Unable to force Georgia governor's race winner Kemp into a runoff, Democratic candidate and national media star Stacey Abrams has filed suit against GOP voter suppression tactics in Georgia. The suit's prospects appear dim in the GOP-dominated federal judiciary, especially if the suit heads to the Supreme Court.
Despite the GOP's voter suppression campaign, Democrats scored a few gains in Texas and Georgia. Hopes for a blue wave bringing statewide victories remain illusory.
Millennials moving to boom states like Georgia, Texas and North Carolina don't vote. Unlike aging white voters, they don't own homes, so are unengaged with politics.
With 2020 approaching, the Democrats are again flailing to craft an appealing national message.
As climate change's disruptions reach critical mass, new Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "green new deal" is promising.
GM's slashing of jobs after the GOP's corporate tax cut should be another fertile field for the Democrats. Health care. The economic havoc from Trump's tariffs.
The Democrats' gain of 40 House seats show the power of new ideas. Will the party build upon that success in 2020?