As Democrats hold their House leadership elections today, they are met with the stinging reality that they are now a party lost in the wilderness in search of an identity. The losses under President Obama have been brutal. In 2017, Republicans will hold the White House, the House, the Senate, a majority of governor's seats, and the most state legislatures in history.
In just one election cycle the concept that the Republican Party could not win national elections was turned on its head. President-elect Trump won Rust Belt states that haven't been in Republican hands since the time of the great Ronald Reagan. According to the Washington Post, of the nearly 700 counties that twice went to President Obama, one-third flipped to support Trump. Additionally, Trump won 194 of the 207 counties that voted for Obama in either 2008 or 2012.
What is left is the reality that the Democratic Party has been propped up by the personal likability of President Obama that pushed them past the finish line in 2008 and 2012. Now they are grappling with what is next in a post-Obama landscape.
But instead of shifting leadership or messaging strategies, they are poised to reelect the same people and failed ideas that led them into the darkness of irrelevancy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal, will likely stay at the helm. Rep. Ben Lujan, who ran the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and picked up only an embarrassing six seats for his party in the House, will stay in command as well. Chuck Schumer has already been tapped to lead Democrats in the Senate as minority leader.
A separate race for the Democratic National Committee has exposed how liberal and out of touch the party truly is right now. Candidate Rep. Keith Ellison, who once called for a separate country for black Americans, has received the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Ellison has also been accused of anti-Semitism and has ties to the Nation of Islam. The Daily Caller has also identified law school columns in which Ellison calls the Constitution "best evidence of a white racist conspiracy to subjugate other peoples."
The Democratic Party will likely continue its sharp turn left. In a line of questioning by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, Rep. Tim Ryan, who is leading an underdog race against Pelosi, conceded that his party is no longer a national party. Wallace pointed out that more than one-third of Democrats in the new House come from only three states: California, New York, and Massachusetts. Two-thirds are from either the West Coast or the East Coast.
Democrats are thinking hard about why they suffered historic losses over the past eight years, but the answers are simple. They care more about transgender bathrooms than they do about economic policies that will help hardworking families. They support movements across the country that burn down their own cities and set police cars on fire. Americans are tired of the divisiveness and they want leaders who will work to provide a better future for them.
Instead of recognizing and correcting its failures, the Democratic Party is on track to repeat them. The Republican Party should rejoice.
Lisa Boothe is a contributing columnist for the Washington Examiner and president of High Noon Strategies.