that camp song some us learned? “Make new friends but keep the
old; one is silver and the other gold.” We may need to create
an updated version of the song for the Democratic Party who still—in
2018—takes its traditional base for granted. Yes, the Party may
have flipped the Congressional House but it gave a bunch of key races
as gifts to the ungrateful Republicans.
is a case in point. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill lost her seat to a
young, conservative whippersnapper who challenged her two-term
incumbency. State Attorney General Josh Hawley aka Golden Boy (as
he’s called by state Democrats) won his first elected office
and came out blazing, taking aim at the Affordable Health Care Act,
along with his fellow Republican Attorneys General. He had served
only about nine months as AG when he was encouraged by his Party to
take on McCaskill.
response to Hawley tossing his hat at McCaskill, she went on a state
tour of 50 town halls to white, Republican-majority areas. Standing
out like a neon blue thumb in a red state, I understand a persuasion
strategy to woo a certain percentage of voters not in her universe of
supporters, then move on. Her goal was to “go out of my way to
places where I’m not that popular.” Claire, you weren’t
that popular in the urban centers of Kansas City and St. Louis but
you spent precious little time with African American voters!
politician McCaskill raised about $35 million for her re-election bid
and spent way too much on people who she admitted “have never
and will never vote for me.” Senator McCaskill lost by about
six percentage points. I’m betting those could’ve been
Black and Brown voters who watched the senator serenade racist, white
voters who were avowed Trump supporters.
to tone-deaf Democratic Party leaders, Missouri is flaming red with a
super majority Republican state assembly and Governor. State Auditor
Nicole Galloway squeaked past her Republican challenger and is now
the only Democrat to hold a statewide office.
seem to be clueless about how to select and support candidates, how
to value their constituents and how to counter the Republican
steamroller. A couple of good examples are squeaker races like Beto
O’Rourke in Texas and Andrew Gillum in Florida. Both were high
quality candidates who ran exemplary campaigns. O’Rourke didn’t
want Party support and did pretty good without it. New York’s
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blazed her own campaign trail and goes to
Congress as a Latino socialist.
Black Commentator goes to press, Georgia’s Stacey Abrams has
rightfully refused to concede to her gubernatorial opponent,
Georgia’s Secretary of State. The Georgia Democratic Party
should’ve been screaming to the next galaxy that Brian Kemp
would be stealing and suppressing votes and called for his immediate
recusal. The Party was slow to support Abrams as a candidate until
her campaign gained momentum and national attention.
the Democrats, there were some laudable wins. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan
Omar will be the first Muslim women in Congress. They’ll be
joined by Sharice Davis, the first open lesbian and Native American.
Davis will be joined by another Native American, Debra Haaland.
races are still too close to call. There’ll be a lot of
election analysis going on for a while but thankfully, no more
political ads to endure. We will have to endure a gloating
trump and an emboldened U.S. Senate.
also need to step back and think about how we’re going to build
political power in this current climate and despite the Democrats.
The midterm elections show that our strategy and tactics could use