Democrats simply aren't fooling people and they don't realize it
CNN's Jeff Zeleny had some choice words for the current state of the Democratic Party.
"We’ll see if that’s true this time, but it’s a huge problem for Democrats. There is no bench for the party. So they can be laughing all they want about these poll numbers for Donald Trump, but the reality is, Democrats are in complete disrepair and disarray in their own party. There’s no leader," he concluded.
Zeleny is a hack, so if even he can see the problem it must be obvious.
What Zeleny doesn't realize is that the reason the Democrats don't have a leader is because the Democratic elites in no way represents the Democratic voters, and the progressive base won't accept it.
This is reflected in the fundraising situation.
If Democrats turn out to vote in the 2018 midterms at the same levels they have in 2017’s special elections, the party will pick up 80 seats in the U.S. House.
There’s one problem for the Democrats: The party has a serious fundraising crisis.
Over the first six months of 2017, the Republican National Committee pulled in $75 million—nearly twice as much money as the Democratic National Committee, which raised $38 million. The predicament isn’t simply that there is a funding gap between the parties; it’s what kind of money they attract. Republicans have quietly taken a decisive edge over Democrats when it comes to small-dollar fundraising.
During that same six-month time span, the RNC raised $33 million in small contributions—money from people who donate $200 or less over an election cycle—while that same class of donors gave the DNC just $21 million.
That statement that I highlighted isn't 100% correct.
Instead of "Democrats" it should say "DNC".
The fact is that most Democratic organizations are having no problem with fundraising. The DNC is the outlier.
The ACLU has raised $80 million in online donations since the election, and 16 times as much in 2017 as they did in 2016. This includes raising $24 million in three days following the implementation of Trump’s travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries. Planned Parenthood has seen more than 700,000 new supporters and “unprecedented outpouring of support” since the election, according to the organization.
Democratic candidates are also overperforming in fundraising. Senate Democrats in competitive races outpaced GOP incumbents in similarly competitive races in the 2016 cycle, Politico reported. ActBlue, an online fundraising hub for Democratic candidates, raised $137.4 million in the second quarter, more than they had raised in the second quarter of 2016, an election year.
But the DNC continues to have a hard time winning over donors.
Gee, why do you suppose that is happening? What could have caused voters to not want to support the DNC?
Nothing comes to mind. Can you think of a reason?
“Certainly, there are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats.”
- Bernie Sanders
Eight months into 2017, the DNC seems to be on the same basic track as last year. It is symbolic and substantive that one of the national Democratic Party’s most prominent online fundraising spokespeople still is Donna Brazile, who filled in as acting DNC chair after Wasserman Schultz suddenly resigned in disrepute last summer when her on-the-job bias was exposed. The release of Clinton campaign emails showed that Brazile had used her position as a CNN commentator to obtain and secretly funnel debate questions to Clinton—via campaign chairman John Podesta and communications director Jennifer Palmieri—during the primary battle between Clinton and Sanders.
In a recent article, Salon columnist Sophia McClennen recalled: “In the months when she was interim DNC chair, Brazile went on totally lying about her transgressions until she finally admitted to doing it, but stated that she felt no remorse.”
McClennen added: “The DNC is tone deaf to the fact that Brazile and Wasserman Schultz and the whole pack of insiders that didn’t hold an ethical primary should be exiled from the party, they are tone deaf to the real reasons why Trump won, and they are tone deaf to the fact that Sanders is the most popular politician and the most popular Senator in the nation. … The Trump administration’s cronyism, elitism and disregard for any semblance of democratic values has voters calling for impeachment, but the DNC has its own credibility problems—exemplified by the fact that Donna Brazile is still a party insider.”
It's revealing that the Dem Party mouthpiece, the Washington Post, had this headline today: Centrist Democrats begin pushing back against Bernie Sanders, liberal wing
If you read the article, the "centrists" are "a group called New Democracy, a combination think tank and super PAC".
Oh, boy. Sounds like "grassroots" to me. Don't it to you?
The Democrats are a disaster right now. They are totally corrupt and lost.
However, the Republicans would be mistaken to celebrate.
Their disaster of a President and their Congress that only knows how to oppose, will implode the moment the financial bubble finally bursts. Then they will have no one to blame but each other.