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To say that the Democratic Party is weak would be like saying Stalin was a bad man. The Republicans control the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Presidency. Not only that, they control 32 state legislatures and 34 governors. The Democrats are completely shut out of power, and it is hard to see how they can mount an very strong opposition to the Republican agenda.
So, what can the Democrats do to oppose the Republicans (specifically Donald Trump) and regain power?
The opposition to the Republicans and Donald J. Trump is rather straightforward for the Democrats and Progressives. Progressives have already organized massive demonstrations to coincide with the Inauguration of President Donald Trump. This march, known as the “Women’s March” has drawn together hundreds of thousands of people into Washington D.C. and to all seven continents. It demonstrates the impressive ability of progressives to organize and fight for their causes on the streets. This will be incredibly useful to them in the years ahead, as they lack direct political power.
The path to political power, however, is a little less clear. The senate map looks brutal for the Democrats in 2018, with races in very, very Republican states. Perhaps they will gain some governorships, but even if they do, the Republicans will still dominate state level politics. This leads to a further problem of gerrymandering, where Republicans will draw state lines in 2020 in a way that benefits their party, further harming the Democratic party in races from 2020 and beyond. In short, the path for the Democrats is steep and rocky.
The future, of course, is never set in stone. Perhaps Donald Trump will explode by the time that 2020 comes around due to his lies and abhorrent moral behavior. Perhaps one journalist will find the story that will finally slay the dragon of Donald Trump. Whatever happens, we will have to wait until 2018 and 2020 to see.