Opinion: Democrats are decimated in D.C.; can they benefit in Georgia?

With Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, the decimation of the Democratic Party is complete. That might be the best thing that’s happened to Georgia Democrats in a while.

Might.

Peach State eyes are already turned toward 2018, and a state elections that are vital to Democrats’ near-term future. The next governor will have a large say in the next round of redistricting, and another round with the GOP in sole control will make it nigh-impossible for Democrats to make substantial gains in the General Assembly until we’re well into the next decade. For them, it’s 2018 or bust.

Too-liberal national Democrats have always been lurking unhelpfully in the background of the state party. (Branden Camp / Special)

Too-liberal national Democrats have always been lurking unhelpfully in the background of the state party. (Branden Camp / Special)

Democrats keep pointing to Georgia’s changing demographics as their ticket back to power, but the electorate isn’t changing fast enough for them to win big without also winning over some folks who have been voting for Republicans. And the biggest impediment to that has been the national Democratic Party.

When the GOP broke through here in 2002, it was in large part a matter of Georgians finally voting in state elections the way they’d voted in most presidential elections for years. Georgia Democrats have gotten no such assist. On the contrary.

The Obama era, particularly the first two years when his party also wielded large majorities in Congress, saw a series of overreaches followed by a repeated voter backlash. We all know by now the effect that had in Washington, D.C.: Democrats now hold 12 fewer seats in the Senate and 64 fewer in the House than in 2009, and of course they no longer occupy the White House either.

But what’s happened on the state level across this country is even more devastating. Democrats’ control of state legislatures and governor’s mansions fell by roughly half over the past eight years. In 2009 they controlled 27 legislatures and had 28 governors. Now those numbers are 14 and 16, respectively. There are but seven states where Democrats today have the governor and both chambers of the legislature. For Republicans, there are 24.

There is an underreported story about how Republicans won the battle of ideas in the states. But voters take their cues from the national GOP, too, and the party’s job during the Obama era was simple: Just show how far out there Democrats had wandered in D.C.

With the script now flipped, Democrats can try to return the favor. Then again, so far their hyperbole meter about Donald Trump and congressional Republicans is still turned all the way up to 11. And the GOP has yet to show it has enough unity to go too far in its lawmaking: A modicum of infighting could actually serve Republicans well in this narrow respect.

But at the very least, national Democrats are no longer in the position to saddle their Georgia colleagues with unpopular laws such as Obamacare and progressivist talk about guns and other cultural flashpoints.

What we don’t yet know is whether Georgia Democrats are ready to walk through that opening.

In 2014, they tried running statewide candidates who claimed to be more centrist than the national party. They lost big, again. Then the 2016 election pushed the party leftward nationally, and state Democratic leaders didn’t seem to be exceptions to that. If anything, Sen. Bernie Sanders — despite losing thoroughly in Georgia — seemed to embolden a segment of the party that hadn’t been quite as vocal here in the past.

Taken together, it’s easy to imagine Georgia Democrats choosing to shift away from the center just at the moment the national party is no longer in a position to drag them there. And that would be good news for the GOP.

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lvg
lvg

Every US soldier in Mideast countries has had their lives put at risk by Presidential Clown. Yesterday he and his mouthpiece announced again the policy of  seizing the oil of  any country harboring US troops contrary to international law. Clown is a disgrace as commander in chief.

lvg
lvg

@Doom classical lib @lvg So you okay with Americans being killed because their mission has been compromised by the Buffoon in the  White House. Got it.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Well done on your Jumbo-tron last Saturday night Dallas Stars.


Tonight's attendance: 1.5 million.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Well now the former Muslim president

And that was all I needed to read of that post.  There was no reason to go on since the poster had established himself as a liar with zero credibility.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Though a supporter of free and/or fair trade, I'm beginning to realize the potential value in Trump's aggressive approach on TPP.

I've been reading the responses from the "all important" 11.

Without risk there can be no gain.

He uses BIG STICKS and little carrots with big BUSINESS?

Things are gonna become very interesting going forward.

LET'S ROLL...

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'em over! 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Well now the former Muslim president at the last minute just before the inauguration by passed the Republican controlled congress and sent millions of taxpayer dollars to his friends the Palestinians that include the terrorist group Hamas. And the mealy mouthed Democrats make an issue out of Russia while rewarding radical Islam. Thank goodness Obama is out of office but the damage he and his administration created will take a long time to undue.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

I originally thought that Conway had a very poor choice of words but after some serious thought on the matter, not only is she correct, but she and her team are way ahead of everyone else. Look at the crowd photo up on bookman's fake blog page right now, yes, it is a fact that the Mall was mostly empty, at 11:00 in the morning. There was a threat of rain at the time and Cons are not stupid. But the alternate facts are that at noon, the Mall was practically full (granted, not as much as obozo's emmaculation.)


Conway is exactly right, the left will take their facts and twist them all up to make President Trump appear to be what he is not. Problem is, we have our alternate facts.


Deal with it.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The hard-left and that folks is a true identity not an alternative or fake news identity is doing whatever they can to subvert our constitution and delegitimize Trumps presidency. The next four years isn't going to be pretty like it was for Obama. Trump, his cabinet and even more importantly real Americans that care about our country and not an ideology that wants to hold be people captive to their fascist beliefs must hold true to our cause for America.

Doom a classical liberal
Doom a classical liberal

@SGTGrit


The far left media is leading the charge to discredit Trump. But its refreshing to see him and his press secretary fight back and call them out for the biased partisans that they are. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Doom classical lib @SGTGrit  It is indeed refreshing but like any brand new succeeding head of anything there will miscues and gaffes that the slime balls will jump all over and distort just like they're doing now. This will be a fight and hopefully, this administration will hold strong. The left hopes that they're attacks will wear them down and they will cave.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Uh-oh


This can be seen in the following picture comparisons of the Mall for the morning of the Trump inauguration at 11:04 a.m. and for the Obama 2009 inauguration at 11:30 a.m.  The thinness of the crowd for Trump is pretty stark, made even more so by the white tarps put over the grass on the Mall for the first time.


Except…


CNN has released a billion-pixel interactive photograph that the user can both move around and zoom into.  It shows a very different picture from the photograph above.  If you zoom into it, you can see that the crowd in the Mall goes all the way back to the Washington Monument.


The first picture above is at 11:04am.  The interactive picture is taken during the inaugural speech, about an hour later.


Yep and bookman has the fake photo up on his fake blog at this very moment. A blog about, get this, honesty.


http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/01/mall_attendance_at_the_trump_inauguration.html



lvg
lvg

@AndyManUSA#45 Only the ignorant would be capable of thinking 1.5 million showed up for the clown's inauguration. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@lvg @AndyManUSA#45 Where does my comment say 1.5 million? The only assertion I made was that bookman has a fake photo up on his fake blog page, using it to create his own alternate facts.


Which is a Fact.

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

"Peach State eyes are already turned toward 2018, and a state elections that are vital to Democrats’ near-term future."

ajc, etal will no doubt soon begin assuring us that their polls indicate landslide Dem wins in the next round of elections.

lvg
lvg

Hedley:

"With Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, the decimation of the Democratic Party is complete.


Funny thing though. We got more votes and gained seats in the house and senate."""


Kyle doing the alternative fact dance of Trump's Botox gal.

Doom a classical liberal
Doom a classical liberal

@lvg


Apparently, you either didn't read the article or you simply glossed over the fact that over the past 8 years the Dims have been destroyed at the state level. 


Furthermore, the Rs had 3 times as many Senate seats up for grabs this time around so it only made sense that with so man R seats in play and so few D seats in play that the Ds would pick up a seat or 2. And that was all they got. 


The decimation will continue the next time around because the roles will be reversed. The Dems will have many more Senate seats up for re-election while the Rs will have few seats in play. So the Rs are likely to only strengthen their dominance in the Senate next go round. 


Its pretty obvious that you are willfully oblivious to the beatdown the Dims have taken at the polls and will continue to take for the immediate future. 

lvg
lvg

If Obama signed as many executive orders as the Presidential Clown did today, Cons would be voting on articles of impeachment.

Doom a classical liberal
Doom a classical liberal

@lvg


Meh. Presidents can do all the exec orders they want- as long as its legal. The problem with Obama's exec orders is that several of them were illegal. 


Seems you must have forgotten about several of them, such as the illegal senate recess appointments which were slammed 9-0 by scotus. 

Doom a classical liberal
Doom a classical liberal

The Dim party has been decimated? Yep. And its been fun to watch. And now Obama's legacy is about to be relegated to the ash heap of history as Trump annihilates, obliterates, and simply destroys much of Obama's pitiful legacy. 


The funniest thing is that for the better part of the year next door they were trumpeting the idea that the R party was dead and gone with Trump's sure to be defeat. They were talking the big talk about taking back the House, the Senate, and having Hils as prez. Man, oh man. One should never underestimate the capacity for self delusion by the Dims. Its been a joy to watch.  

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Judd yelled that “blacks are still in shackles and graves just for being black.” Representative Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) announced that “black women are struggling every day for justice and equality.” Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California, said that “if you are a black mother trying to raise a son, you know black lives is a women’s issue.”


I wonder if obozo's ears went to burning? Nah, he don't care, never did. He got his and the rest of you can go pound sand.


Don't fret, Trump will free you.


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444109/american-carnage-trump-truth-homicide-rate-2016

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

If you like your alternative facts, you can keep your alternatives facts.


Fact.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@AndyManUSA#45 The Trump administration owns the alternative facts - they invented them.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

Alot of what will happen in 2018 is much tied to the success (or lack thereof) Trump will have from now until then. 


From what we have seen this weekend. Trump will have a hard time selling his "alternate facts" to the public. Unless you follow him on twitter.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

Another alternative fact: Trump won in a landslide.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Alternative fact: gay people can't marry

 Alternative fact: ACA is bad and doesn't work

 Alternative fact: Jesus loves you

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Jay needs to right something about the "alternative facts" the dim witted Mrs Conway spoke about.


The GOP and its followers have been living in an alternative reality for some time now. Where their alternative facts are true regardless of whether that is actually the case or not.



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

The media ( accurately ) reports that crowds for Trump's inauguration were far less than Obama's in 2009


Trump, being the petulant child that he is, fumed over this and demanded his Press Secretary go out and make a statement that it was the most watched inauguration in history ( Also not true even when taking TV into account )


When asked about this Conway talks about the Administration just using "alternative facts". Whatever the hell that is.


Gonna be a long 4 years with this group of idiots and liars in charge.


Better buckle up


lvg
lvg

@Hedley_Lammar Nice memorial service the GOP Dictator did at CIA in front of wall of the fallen members- talking about how many times he was on cover of Time and all his accomplishments to honor the dead. 


McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@Hedley_Lammar @lvg


There are no hallow grounds anymore. I won't be surprise if he gives a speech at 9/11 memorial and reminds us how big his hands are.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 With Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, the decimation of the Democratic Party is complete.


Funny thing though. We got more votes and gained seats in the house and senate.

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Popular vote doesn't count - Slick Willie was elected despite winning only 40% of the popular vote.

Dems were forecasting total control of all three branches of government prior to November. Didn't happen.

Time for Dems to look in the mirror.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

Remember how not so long ago there was much talk of the decimation of the Republican party? There's a lesson in there for you, Kyle.

Caius
Caius

@Eye wonder Thinking the same thing.  Republicans were reduced to a small regional party as I recall.

Nothing in politics is permanent (non-alternative fact).


lvg
lvg

John Lewis led the marchers in Atlanta declaring Atlanta free of the illegitimate Dictator who takes orders from Putin.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The left thought they had finally achieved their objective of one party control of America. That did not happen to their surprise and dismay with the election of Donald Trump. Now in their desperation they will try anything including frivolous lawsuits, using their sway over the MSM and financing fascist attacks by the likes of George Soros, to undermine Trump's presidency. I think their attack on our democracy and our constitution will backfire on them badly but make no mistake the far-left is now declaring overt revolution against the United States of America.

lvg
lvg

Dictator got sued today for violating the Constitution- Great start. Can't wait for criminal prosecution and cancellation of lease on old Post Office.

Not one change in ownership o f   any Trump entity by January 20  as promised. 

MarkVV
MarkVV

Kyle' continuing concern about the future of the Democratic party is touching. Should he not worry more about the Republican party and the possible devastation that Donald Trump may inflict on it? 

lvg
lvg

2.5 million Democrats  and allies throughout the world  on the march Saturday to defy the GOP Dictator. Kyle and Cons have unleashed a tiger.

HDB0329
HDB0329

Democrats will return to power when people understand that the GOP does NOT have their best interests at heart. The policy decisions that will emanate from the GOP will do everything to hurt the poor and middle class while further enriching the wealthy.


What DEMOCRATS want is for the social contract that AMERICA has signed to apply to EVERYONE, not just those who are melanin-challenged......  

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

This line from left and the Democrats and their media did not play so well in the last election. Class warfare and the race card don't sit well with people who do not hold class envy and who are not racist.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

" [Trump supporters] blocked out the good news from the Obama era. Two thirds of Trump voters believe, falsely, that the unemployment rate rose under Obama. (Three­quarters believe George Soros is paying people to protest Mr. Trump.) Only 17 percent of self ­identified Republicans are aware that the number of uninsured is at a historic low. Most people thought crime was rising even when it was falling. So maybe they will block out bad news in the Trump years."

~Paul Krugman

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Dems controlled the media but Trump blocked the good news?

Total lie

Trump bypassed the media.

Dems are still looking for every excuse not to look in the mirror.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Free health care. Free college education. Free migration into America with no responsibility as a law abiding citizen expected. Free trade, no strings attached. Freedom from business risk, if you contribute significantly to the Democrats. Freedom from religion.

Thankfully, there are enough people left who understand there is another side of the coin that promises "free" stuff.