This year has been very bad for the left. Many, many Democrats have been exposed in sex scandals. Big donors from Hollywood and the media were outed as harassers or worse.Politicians weren’t immune. Numerous elected Democrats were exposed. Some have been abusing staff for years. Men that were supposed to be champions of women’s rights were accused of the very worst behavior.
All this is coming to a head. As election time rolls around, voters will remember the scandals. Many might not be able to hold onto their seats. Those who resign are leaving replacements in a bad spot.
It might be a massive change in the left’s most powerful region.
According to Politico, a burgeoning sexual harassment scandal is roiling the state’s Democratic ranks and a series of “scandal-induced resignations” thought to be coming in 2018 are threatening the Democrats’ stranglehold on power.
“We’re in unchartered territory here,” Garry South, a veteran Democratic strategist told the political news outlet. “This whole issue has hit a critical mass in a very short time. I’ve never seen anything like it before and I don’t know where it ends.”
South and others claim that Democrats have suffered from a severe decline in public trust. The Hollywood leftists who have bankrolled Democratic candidates at both the state and federal level are now under scrutiny…The major Democratic players who represent some of California’s biggest urban areas can’t escape the tarnish.
Even Rep. Nancy Pelosi isn’t immune, the article claims, because she stalled Rep. John Conyers’s resignation, calling Conyers an “American icon” and pleading with him to remain in office, even as more women came forward to accuse Conyers of bizarre and often sexual behavior.
These scandals are more than embarrassing. It exposes liberals are shocking hypocrites. For decades they’ve attack conservatives. They called republican policy bad for women. Liberals claimed to be feminists. That they were looking out for women everywhere.
Yet some of the most powerful liberals have been outed as rapists. “Feminist” men have been assaulting vulnerable women. These were women who trusted them, their staff and employees. Their actions are below deplorable.
Will the Democrats be able to fix the damage? Do they think voters will forget come 2018? Not likely. They have been protecting sexual predators for years. The thought turns the stomach of every decent American.Their future looks bleak, even in a state as liberal as California.
Like virtually all Democrats, Tim Ryan is no fan of Donald Trump. But as he speeds through his northeastern Ohio district in a silver Chevy Suburban, the eight-term Congressman sounds almost as frustrated with his own party. Popping fistfuls of almonds in the backseat, Ryan gripes about its fixation on divisive issues and its “demonization” of business owners. Ryan, 44, was briefly considered for the role of Hillary Clinton’s running mate last year. Now he sounds ready to brawl with his political kin. “We’re going to have a fight,” Ryan says. “There’s no question about it.”
That fight has already begun, though you’d be forgiven for missing it. On the surface, the Democratic Party has been united and energized by its shared disgust for Trump. But dig an inch deeper and it’s clear that the party is divided, split on issues including free trade, health care, foreign affairs and Wall Street. They even disagree over the political wisdom of doing deals with Trump.
Every party cast out of power endures a period of soul-searching. But the Democrats’ dilemma was unimaginable even a year ago, when Clinton seemed to be coasting toward the White House and demographic change fueled dreams of a permanent national majority. Now, eight months into the Trump presidency, the party looks to face its toughest odds since Ronald Reagan won 49 states in 1984. The Democrats are in their deepest congressional rut since the class of 1946 was elected, and hold the fewest governors’ mansions 15 since 1922. Of the 98 partisan legislatures in the U.S., Republicans control 67. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Democrats lost 970 seats in state legislatures, leaving the party’s bench almost bare. The median age of their congressional leadership is 67, and many of the obvious early presidential front runners will be in their 70s by the 2020 election.Meanwhile, there’s still no sign the Democrats have learned the lessons of the last one. “I’ve tried to learn from my own mistakes. There are plenty,” Clinton writes in her campaign memoir What Happened. The book, released on Sept. 12, casts blame on Russia, the FBI and the candidate herself, but never quite finds a satisfying answer to the titular question. Even if it did, these days the party seems to prize ideological purity over Clintonian pragmatism. “There is no confusion about what we Democrats are against. The only disagreement,” says strategist Neil Sroka, “is what we’re for.”