Dems face identity crisis
By Amie Parnes - 06/27/17 06:00 AM EDT
Democrats are grappling with how to keep their progressive base happy while winning over white working-class voters who left the party in the 2016 elections.
Defections by blue-collar voters cost Democrat Hillary Clinton the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of which went to President Trump. It was the first time since 1988 that a GOP presidential candidate had won Michigan or Pennsylvania, and the first time since 1984 in Wisconsin.
The fallout has created an identity crisis for a Democratic Party seeking to find its way forward in the post-Obama era.
A string of House special election losses culminating in Democrat Jon Ossoff’s disappointing defeat in Georgia last week has only intensified the scrutiny and second-guessing of Democratic strategy, to say nothing of the hand-wringing by party activists craving a victory.
“I’m not convinced we know what the best thing is for the party right now,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley. “I’m not convinced we have the answers.”
READ MORE: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/339577-dems-face-identity-crisis
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