In an interview with The Washington Post, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dropped a brutal truth about why Hillary Clinton lost the election — and it had nothing to do with the Russians or James Comey.
Instead, he said it was time for the party to look inward as to why it lost — a not entirely subtle jab at Clinton and her associates playing the blame game regarding President Trump’s victory last November.
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” the New York senator said in The Washington Post piece, published Sunday. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”
Well, this is probably because it’s true. However, we can’t fault him for not getting the whole picture. Given that he’s a Democrat, we’re surprised that he even got a little bit of it.
Schumer’s remarks were part of the new Democrat roll-out of their strategy, described by Schumer as ““(a) strong, sharp-edged, populist, bold economic message appeals to the Obama coalition and the people who voted for Trump — former Democrats who voted for Trump.”
The plan is best encapsulated by their new slogan: “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.” Not by the slogan itself, mind you, but by the fact that it’s ripped off from Papa John’s (and by the fact they apparently thought nobody would notice).
Of the new focus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it “is not a course correction, but it’s a presentation correction.”
This is yet more proof that they still don’t get it. They didn’t just lose because they presented their ideas badly, but instead that they had bad ideas.
At least they’re finally coming to the realization that Donald Trump isn’t president because of James Comey or the Russians, but instead because they screwed up. There’s no doubt what Schumer said is going to infuriate the left — including and especially Hillary Clinton. However, it’s a truth more and more Democrats are going to have to come to grips with.