DemDaily: The Status of the Electorate

November 11, 2016
The 2016 Presidential is over, bringing to an end one of the most contentious and divisive elections in modern history; one that demeaned and debased our political process and our country, and long ago took the wrong direction as the "change" election.

Despite the most organized, sophisticated ground game in the history of the Democratic Party, we could not compete with the message -- not the one from either candidate, but from the American people.

In the days and weeks to come there will be no shortage of analyses, promulgations and finger pointing, while a battle-weary electorate looks for direction. Their future, and ours, depends on our response.

Our next steps cannot be about advancing a single movement or party, but about providing a path for our people - all our people.
The negative undercurrent that drove this election started long ago - in state legislatures, the courts and Congress - and it was the revolt against those institutions, their members and actions that was ultimately the undoing of the election of 2016.

Republicans won the fight for the Presidency and Congress, but lost the battle for the soul of their Party
The GOP has been in internal disarray since they opened the gate to the Tea Party's trojan horse in 2009. They rode the wave of discontent to control of the House in 2010 and Senate in 2014, but are paying the consequences for forgetting the promise of change along the way.
Republicans watched in denial as the people of their Party chose a narcissistic, openly racist outsider over a field of well-funded, veteran politicians. Anyone but a politician.
Their candidate won the White House without the support of a majority of their own elected officials - most of whom ran from the nominee and must now embrace, and take responsibility for, president-elect Trump's past and future actions.
That includes potential impeachable, illegal offenses already under investigation regarding campaign and federal tax violations and Trump University.  The voters may have disregarded it, but the courts can't.

That may be the last of the GOP's problems, however, if Trump turns his back on the rural, working-class white males who helped put him in office.

The Republicans will have their hands full.   As will the Democrats.
The election was driven, in part, by frustration and fear and - while we may have misread the movement - we now, more than ever, understand the fear.
The fear for the future of reproductive rights, civil rights, labor, healthcare, the supreme court, the global community, and of discrimination and deportation.
It would be cruel to play on it, and irresponsible to ignore it.
Our job now is to not only earn back the faith of our base and the American public, but to inspire them - and to channel their anger into focused, strategic activism.

We need to reconnect with the 5.4 million 2012 Obama voters who stayed on the sidelines, and the 53% of white women who cast their ballot for Trump in spite his public misogyny.

It cannot be about what was done wrong.  The parties, the pollsters, the pundits, the media and the campaigns - we were all wrong, so get over it.
Their revolution may not have been yours or mine, but let's give it a united voice - and a place to land.
We owe that to them, and to the future of the 60 million Americans who delivered the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
To them we say follow her dignified and very presidential lead:

"Please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it."

"Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.
"Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.
We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future...
"Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let's do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear."

Democrats are waking up to the fog of defeat and facing one of the most challenging periods in our Party's history. To all I say - those who provide the answers are those who will be rewarded.

We have work to do.
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Connecting you to Each Other
Kimberly Scott
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