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DNC Deputy Chair Ellison puts some of Clinton’s loss on Obama’s shoulders….

He’s Right….

And he gets props for saying so ouy loud….

Obama did eight year’s …. the Democratic Party  lost BIG  at HIS expense….

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said former President Obama is partially to blame for the Democrats’ poor showing at the polls in 2016.

Ellison, now the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, blamed Obama for ignoring party politics while he was in office, which he said had put the president’s legacy at risk.

“Look I’m a great fan of President Obama. I totally voted for many of the things he supported — Dodd Frank, Affordable Care Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — I could keep going,” Ellison said at an event Wednesday at the University of Minnesota.

“Wonderful achievements. But Barack Obama could have been a better party leader and I think the fact that he wasn’t put his legacy in jeopardy,” he said.

Ellison added that Obama was “great at getting himself elected,” but said he should have worked closer with party leaders to ensure the Democrats were in power to protect his accomplishments.

“Your legacy is not a building that he’s going to construct in Chicago housing his presidential papers,” Ellison continued. “His legacy is the work he’s done which I believe is tremendous. But given we lost a lot of statehouse seats, governorships, secretary of states, his true legacy is in danger and I think he can’t say that he wasn’t part of those losses. Who else, right?”…

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Democratic donors want to know what happened?…And Another idea of how to go forward for Democrats….

The Democrats are STILL in shock…..

Hillary Clinton was supposed to ‘have this’….

She lost…..And now Democrats have to watch daily on TV and online how Donald Trump & Co. are moving ahead with efforts to try take apart most of what President Obama has tried to do in the last 8 years…..

“A lot of the bundlers and donors still are in shock and disbelief by what happened. They’re looking for some introspection and analysis about what really happened, what worked and what didn’t,” said Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and a top campaign bundler himself. “It may take some time to do that, but people are still just scratching their heads.”

Or, in the words of a Midwestern fundraiser who’s kept in touch with fellow donors, “A lot of people are saying, ‘I’m not putting another fucking dime in until someone tells me what just happened.’”

Donors recognize that part of the problem is the current fragile state of the party: With the race for its chairmanship raging, the Democratic National Committee has yet to announce any plans for a full post-mortem of its own in the style of Republicans’ 2012 Growth and Opportunity Project, causing some party officials to worry that they may not see one at all — at least until a new chair takes over in the spring.

And while individual Democratic operatives have privately dug into what they think went wrong, there have been no obvious moves from central members of the Clinton team to publish a full accounting…..

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…engaging normal politics means fighting Trump like a normal opposition party. For all its control of the levers of power, the GOP is extraordinarily vulnerable to a popular backlash. Trump enters office with the lowest support of any recent president, by a huge margin. During their honeymoon periods, Trump’s predecessors have all enjoyed high favorability, from George W. Bush (+27) to Bill Clinton (+40) to Barack Obama (+64.) Trump sits at an incredible -21 right now. And this is before he has done anything to try to carry out his (mostly ludicrous) promises.

Yes, he eked out a victory against an extraordinarily unpopular opponent, but Trump remains an undisciplined political novice, whose two primary advisers (Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon) also lack any experience in government. He is already enmeshed in scandals while trying to undertake a deeply unpopular domestic agenda based on tax cuts for the rich and giveaways to big business. He will do a great deal of damage to the country, but the prospects for democratic political response could hardly be more promising. Democrats need to stop fighting the last election and start planning to win the next one….

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Hillary Clinton won the American Public Vote….

Democrats need to NOT forget that….

I’m seeing all this noise about running father to the Left against Donald Trump….

Sure there SHOULD be protests against the Bull Shit Trump spewed to get the Electoral College State votes by a hairs margin in four states that enabled him to claim the Presidency….

But Democrats also have to realize a few other things….

They have been LOSING vast amounts legislative and governorships around the country BEFORE Hillary Clinton announced she was running for President….

Hillary Clinton isn’t the issue…..

Democratic politics is….

Enough people in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin , Iowa and Ohio voted FOR Barack Obama…..

They didn’t for Hillary Clinton….

I submit that they voted also against President’s Obama’s Obamacare and Immigration policies negatives FOR THEM….

Republicans have been much smarter and active than Democrats ….Using the ‘fear ‘that Democrats now have….

While Hillary Clinton got over a million MORE votes than Donald Trump…..

Where she got those votes IS THE PROBLEM….

Those Red area’s in the electoral map are vast and wide….

No matter HOW much protesting and organizing by the Democratic Progressives?

The bottom line is that the Democratic party must HOLD Hillary Clinton’s voting group together and find a way to reach those who left from voting for Obama in those others states and bring them back…

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Democrats nedd to find a way in the less than two years to ‘get out the vote ‘ for 2018 to stop Republican’s from completely owning the states and local governments around the country….

To be clear, the populists in the party have a point that there are elements of the economy that are rigged against the working stiff. Don’t stop fighting that. But once upon a time, 145,000 folks worked at Kodak. They lost their jobs not because of a stacked deck but because you take pictures on your phone now. In just 10 years, 465,000 fewer people work in paper, publishing and printing because you’re probably reading this column online. And 365,000 people lost jobs in department, clothing and electronics stores because you shop from your home. This is the root of economic angst in the United States, and simple solutions won’t solve it.

On social policy, Democrats have to practice what we preach: tolerance. Social policy, thankfully, is the place where all facets of the party are in harmony. The fight Democrats have led to fully include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and immigrants in our society, to protect a woman’s right to choose, and to stand for sane gun laws and holistic policing and criminal justice has been a unifying force for Democrats, not a source of division as it was in the 1990s.

But we need to try to find a path to progress on these vital social issues that deploys less scorn upon those who do not see things completely our way. Sure, there is a fringe element larger than any of us would like who deserve our disapprobation. But there are far more who are just hesitant, weighing the matter, wondering if we’re moving too fast. A little empathy may help. That would make a stronger case, and embody the values we want from others. It only takes being called a racist, homophobe or misogynist once to permanently end a conversation with a potentially reasonable but reluctant voter.

After an electoral debacle such as this, each wing of the party argues that if only Democrats had followed their approach the outcome would have been different. That just ain’t so — the defeat was too sweeping. We all need to make some changes. To start with, emphasize more jobs, not just fairer jobs; and achieve social progress with less social shaming. This would not betray the values of any Democrat in any corner of the party. It would appeal to the white working-class voters who once formed the core of the party and keep our promise to the growing minorities in the country who deserve full inclusion in America….

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