The leadership of the Democratic party has included white women and Latino and white men. What Democratic leadership in Congress or at the DCCC or DNC does not have — and has never had — is a representative from its most loyal voting block over two elections: Black women. To say that all quarters of Democratic Party leadership is in need of change is a vast understatement. That any set of leaders different from the set in charge now could do any worse than what we’ve seen over six years if virtually impossible.
The numbers don’t lie: The Democratic party has lost a historic number of seats across the board from federal representatives to statehouse races. Part of that is a realignment caused by the appearance of the first Black president. But another part of it is lack of strategy and misallocation of millions of dollars in resources focused on the wrong voters. While Democrats roll out the same old leaders who employ the same old losing consultants and staff they ignore members of their most consistently loyal voting group: Black women.
The 2016 election was in some ways a powerful statement on who remains loyal to the Democratic Party and who doesn’t. On that note, Latino voters shocked and confused everyone by giving Donald “build a wall” Trump 26 percent of their votes.
In 2012, more than 70 percent of black women voted for the Democratic candidate while white women voted at 65.6 percent. Black women continue to make up a larger proportion of Democrat votes than anyone. Even with all that, who does the Democratic party continue to want to chase? One would think that ensuring that African Americans get to the polls would become a number one priority at the DNC and DCCC or to anyone campaigning for the White House. Instead the party continues to chase voters by spending millions to losing results.
More white women voted for Donald Trump than voted for Hillary Clinton: 53 percent. In another telling statistical moment: Approximately 4% of African American women and 26% of Hispanic women voted for Donald Trump.
Why shouldn’t Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Alma Adams and or Rep-Elect Val Demings (D-Fla.) serve in leadership? They’re part of the most reliable voting block for the Democratic party and Fudge, Beatty, Adams and Demings are from key swing states. Who better to figure out how to win voters in other sectors than the members of the sector who’ve already shown support? Who better to lead than a former college administrator, a former Mayor in a swing state or a former Police Chief in a battleground state?
Instead it appears as if the Democrats are about to embark on yet another goose chase for voters who have either turned their back on them, vote against their interests or who are completely unpredictable. that’s where million of dollars will likely be wasted again in the future just as it was by the DNC in 2016. Good luck with that.