EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece is from the view of a member of the Democratic Party and does not represent the views of BiPolitics as a whole.
A party that once prided itself on the voice of representing all people contradicted its own beliefs in the 2016 election. The race for the Democratic bid for the presidency between Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was one of policy clashes and disdain. July 2016, nearly a month after the scandal surrounding the DNC regarding scornful comments and interference with Sanders’ campaign was leaked, efforts of reconciliation were made. Senator Bernie Sanders, a once anti-Hillary advocate, performed an action unimaginable to many who supported him.
“I intend to do everything I can to make certain [Hillary Clinton] will be the next president of the United States,” Sanders said in a speech to his supporters after Clinton officially received the Democratic nomination.
A once admired face to many environmentalists, liberals, progressives, and even millennials aiming to get involved in the political system of their country, rose with disdain and resentment. How do we learn to trust Hillary Clinton? Sanders’ campaign, aside from his progressive views, made a large part of their platform about opposition to the Clintons. His support for the party’s nominee was not backed by many of his followers. Hesitant feelings and comments have led many to steer from voting with their party, turning to individuals such as Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian).
“Donald Trump is the 45th President, Republicans have secured the Senate, and the House” displayed across television screens at many election night events. Where did we go wrong? How did Hillary lose to a former reality TV mogul? We went wrong when many believed they could no longer trust the Democratic party. When we failed Bernie, we failed many voters. Division amongst the Democratic Party is a contributing factor as to why we lost in 2016.
November 2018, the midterm election results have been announced. Although heartbreaking battles were lost, the blue wave is back and coming for vengeance. Numerous key successes were secured for the Democratic Party on November 6th. For the first time in eight years, we have reclaimed the House, more than 100 women have been elected to Congress, major propositions have been passed within states promising reform, and several men and women of color have been elected to offices nationwide. We can also assume with control of the House again Nancy Pelosi will make a return to her throne as Speaker.
“Democrats who hadn’t had much to celebrate in the past two years two-stepped and toasted their return to relevance on Capitol Hill” is an excellent depiction of the emotions stemming through those in blue. With these accomplishments made, what do the victories on November 6th mean for the future of our party?
The Democratic Party has seen the rise of key senators within the past two years leading many to question which one of their favorites will push for the Democratic presidential nomination. Is it likely we will see Joe Biden make a run for the presidency? Many speculations have been made about who will run. However, the success of the Democratic Party will come with a push more towards the center an extension of the olive branch to those more progressive, ultimately restoring confidence in the party.