The former chair for the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean, showed his eternal optimism recently by saying that the fact that Democrats have lost all the special election isn’t a bad sign for the Democrats.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
MSNBC host Katy Tur pointed out that Democrats have not won a special congressional election over Republicans this year, and asked Dean whether they should be focusing on policy agenda ideas and trying to fix Obamacare.
“I don’t think the special elections are a bad sign,” Dean said. “Here we take four very Republican districts and come within four or six points of all of the seats where we were behind 20 in the last election, so I’m not concerned about that.”
“I think the special elections have actually worked well for us, proving we can in fact win in red districts, but just not quite as red as the ones we’ve been in,” Dean added.
Dean’s diagnosis of the Democrats losing the special elections is similar to that of Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez, who tried to downplay the losses because they were Republican districts.
“I know folks were a little disappointed earlier this week. There were some elections in Georgia and South Carolina that we didn’t quite get to the finish line on, but you know what folks? Those are beet red districts,” Perez said last week at the Texas AFL-CIO Convention in Houston.
Despite Dean and Perez’s optimism, there are several Democrats who believe the party does not have a winning strategy and that they need a revival.
Let’s hope that the Democrats continue to believe this!
"Steve Bannon's a 'Nazi.'"
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