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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 11:00 PM

Cheer Up, Democrats! You've Had It Worse Than This

One year ago this month, the 2020 presidential election was called for Joe Biden, leaving most Democrats elated over the impending end of Donald Trump’s presidency. It hasn’t even been a full year since Democrats achieved what once seemed like an even more impossible dream: seizing trifecta control of the federal government via two victories in Senate runoffs.

But wow, has the sweet taste of victory curdled for the Donkey Party! For months now, it has been rare to read a story about the state of affairs in Washington that did not prominently feature the “Democrats in disarray” trope; the party is said to be divided over the agenda of a president with steadily falling job-approval ratings, doomed to a midterm defeat that might also usher Trump back to the brink of power. From hot takes to data-driven assessments of hard cold electoral facts, everyone pretty much agrees the future for this recently triumphant party is dim, and fingers of blame are being pointed in every direction.

There is one positive thought that Democrats can focus on as we head into this season of hope: This is far from the worst they’ve had it. For all their struggles, Democrats remain the oldest continuously operating political party in the country, dating back to the 1820s. As the comedian Henry Gibson sang in the bicentennial satire film Nashville: “We must be doing something right to last 200 years!”

Here’s a look back at some similarly sticky situations from the Democratic Party’s past, which it managed to survive.

Read more: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/democrats-faced-similar-problems-history.html

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Galraedia Nov 25 OP
msongs Nov 25 #1
Funtatlaguy Nov 25 #2
Busterscruggs Nov 26 #3

Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 11:06 PM

1. while dems fiddle repubs are installing election control everywhere for 2022 nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 11:31 PM

2. SineManchin must agree to a filibuster carve out on voting rights.

Otherwise, 2022 might be a Republican blowout.
If we lose the House and the Senate both, democracy will strain to survive. Especially if we then lose the White House in 2024.
We need to use BB on SineManchin.
Either and/or bribery and blackmail. Whatever works.
Voting Rights suppression and state Republican legislative election monitoring is our most important battle that we now face.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Fri Nov 26, 2021, 01:48 AM

3. Thank you

I really needed to hear this. It was a struggle seeing the family during thanksgiving.

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