Since the midterm election of 2014, the conversation of the state of the democratic party and its future has really generated deep reflection. Here is another article on this topic from Greg Sargent for The Washington Post, published on December 8, 2014.
As I noted this morning, anyone who cares about the future of the Democratic Party needs to ask whether the party’s elders and wise men are thinking hard enough about how to regain ground on the state level. That would make it more likely that the next round of redistricting battles, in 2020, could help Democrats win back the House in the face of population shifts and GOP redistricting successes that have gamed the national map in favor of GOP control. This process needs to start now.
If you look a bit more deeply into the problem, though, it appears even more daunting than you might have expected.
Read the full story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/12/08/the-democratic-partys-long-term-problem-is-worse-than-you-think/