Jayne For Dems its not just about message its about actions

first_img It was an inexplicable loss of their own making, as if they had thrown a pass from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds left in the Super Bowl (sorry, too soon?).So, taking a break from licking the wounds of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats last week announced a new agenda geared at winning back power in Washington, D.C. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California revealed their plans for … oops, I think we have a problem.You see, the 66-year-old Schumer has been in Congress for 36 years; Pelosi, 77, has been in Congress since 1987. When seeking new, fresh ideas that can resonate with the populace, you probably shouldn’t trot out old, tired faces. There is a reason, after all, that Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said of his party earlier this year: “The brand is just bad. I don’t think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country.”Therein lies the problem. While Donald Trump won the Electoral College and captured the popular vote by minus-3 million votes, Republicans also won the House by a count of 241-194 and maintained control of the Senate.So, as Democrats promise to refine their message for the 2018 mid-terms, it is instructive to ask some local leaders what they think should be the foundation of that message. Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more