In the aftermath of the presidential election, Democrats have been blaming their defeat on everything but the obvious. The Clinton campaign has dismissed suggestions of a voter mandate, pointing to its popular vote victory and narrow margins of defeat in three Midwestern states. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed lackluster communication for the party’s dismal showings in recent elections….
But the most glaring problem for the Democratic Party is an unwillingness to even entertain the possibility that its policy agenda had anything to do with its stunning defeat….
Let me offer a piece of unsolicited advice, one that Democratic strategists have discussed privately but are reticent to promote publicly for fear of alienating green activists. Taking a more moderate stand on energy policy—whether it’s supporting the Keystone XL pipeline, championing the fracking boom that’s transforming regional economies, or simply sounding a more skeptical note on the Obama administration’s litany of environmental regulations—would do wonders for the Democratic Party’s ability to compete for the working-class voters who have drifted away from the party.