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World Politics Major
OP-Ed by CHARLES DUNST '18
Flawed Democratic Idealism
The Democratic party appears to have recognized a need to shift in the wake of Donald Trump’s once-seemingly inconceivable Presidential victory. Truth be told, however, Trump’s stunning victory is only just the most obvious signal of Democratic failure, as the party’s national failure is and has been immense. The party now holds majorities in just 31 of the country’s 98 legislative bodies, while maintaining 19 of the nation’s governorships. These Democratic losses can be traced back to a partywide acceptance of idealistic reliance on social policy and identity politics.
Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was based upon the pillars of national economic rejuvenation and social change. The contemporary Democratic party has quite clearly misinterpreted this victory. Democrats have focused on the social and identity-based aspects of Obama’s platform, neglecting issues including the economy and security. This is not the 50-state strategy needed to secure national legislative control.
(This op-ed originally appeared on Jan. 14, 2017, on TheHill.com)