Is the Democrat Party at risk of becoming a permanent minority? According to the Daily Caller, here’s what one think tank has concluded.
“A recent analysis conducted by Third Way — a self-described “centrist” think tank – argues that Democrats are evolving into a “coastal” party. They have strong bases in California, New York and Massachusetts but are slowly ceding the rest of the country to Republicans.”
I think it’s a bit premature to write their obituary. After all, Republicans generally find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. American history demonstrates that the power of politics tends to ebb and flow. Neither party remains in power forever.
The Dems do have a considerable hill to climb if they want to get back to the glory time they enjoyed between 2008 and 2010. While Republicans only recently acquired the White House, the GOP has made big inroads in state and local governments. Here’s another quote from the Daily Caller:
“The vast majority of state legislatures — 32, a record — are in GOP hands, as are a majority of the state houses. And Democrats face enormous challenges in the U.S. Senate in 2018 because they must defend at least 10 seats in states that Trump won in 2016 — while the GOP occupies virtually none that are considered vulnerable to reversal.”
Since the minority party typically gain seats during midterm elections, 2018 will be the first big test.