Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who leads fellow Democrats in the Senate, put the blame squarely on his party for its loss in the 2016 presidential election. It was not Russia, he said, which is to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Donald Trump in November. "When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things – Comey, Russia – you blame yourself,” Schumer told The Washington Post on Saturday.

A number of Democrats expressed criticism and disconcertion over their party's messaging that was recently revealed. Schumer, previewing the Democratic Party’s campaign messaging for 2018, admitted that people are not sure what the party stands for. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that,” Schumer said.

The Democratic Party’s motto for 2018 is: “A Better Deal” and is intended to mark a contrast with Trump's broad "America First" message.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi agreed with Schumer and told The Washington Post in a separate interview that the new slogan was not part of a course correction, but rather a “presentation correction.” Democrats in states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois have sparred with their counterparts in California and the East Coast over the future of the party. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who challenged Pelosi last year to lead the party in the House of Representatives continues to call for her removal. He and other Democrats have argued that Democrats must go back to economic fundamentals that appeal to working class and marginalized voters. 

Namby Pamby

On ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday morning, Schumer told host George Stephanopoulos why he thought the Democrats failed in 2016. He said, “We were too cautious, we were too namby pamby.” Schumer told Stephanopoulos that he approves of the Democrats' new messaging, “This is sharp, bold and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition, and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue collar worker.” 

Schumer also responded to a new ABC/Washington Post poll that shows that 37 percent of people believe that the Democratic party stands for anything. He said, “The number one thing that we did wrong is we didn’t tell people what we stood for.” The Washington Post reported that Schumer and other Democrats are keeping their cards close to their vest about their new plan, which will be unveiled on Monday in Virginia's 10th Congressional District. The district is currently represented by Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock. 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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