Editorial Board, The Washington Times:
Will Rogers, the political humorist from the previous century whose humor derived from actual wit, once observed that he belonged to no organized political party: “I’m a Democrat.” Another of his witticisms is good advice for what’s left of the political party he was so proud to be a part of: “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
The modern congressional Democrats, who met last week in Philadelphia to figure out how they dug themselves into a hole unlike any they’ve seen in 65 years, think they have a way. They talked, supped, drank and listened to their wise men and concluded that the way out of the hole is to dig the hole a little deeper.
The party holds just 188 of the 435 seats in the House as the 114th Congress opens for work. After losing a further 13 seats in November, after a net loss of 64 in 2010, the Democrats haven’t seen prospects this bleak since 1947, when, then as now, they held 188 seats.
The Democrats can’t blame anyone but themselves for the dirt under their fingernails and between their toes. The party has lurched ever farther away from the place where most Americans live, in lockstep with President Obama and a statist agenda now becoming transparent. They interrupted his hourlong State of the Union address with applause 87 times. They have driven away independent and middle-of-the-road voters who are the key to sustaining a majority. Republicans won the independents by 12 percentage points, according to exit polling of the 2014 voters by The Washington Post. Despite spending millions and millions on promoting the myth of the Republican war on women, they won the women’s vote by just 4 points.