The Democrats will remain a failure and out of power unless they change their leadership, tactics and strategy.
Since the Dems don't know the methods to gain power, or prefer not to use them, very little will change.
Why is it the Republicans can block the Dems most of the time? They stole elections in 2000, and 2004. They obstructed Obama for eight years; he couldn't even get a justice for SCOTUS! Nor would he make a two-year temporary appointment to fill the seat. Why are the Republicans successful out of power or in power, and the Dems not?
Isn't there anyone on the Dem side that knows how to use the rules, make laws and get people elected? Why is it that the GOP at every juncture figures out HOW to win?
Why is this so one-sided?
The Dems are wimps. They do not know how to use strategy, or prefer not to be too pushy for fear of offending potential voters. The voters called for decisiveness. They voted for a strong but flawed candidate. They chose making a stand over the content. They chose strong but likely wrong. They will so choose the Dems if they are strong, but the Dems are too scared. The electorate feels this.
There is a solution.
Since Dems can't, won't, or haven't figured out how to gain power, then copy a system that has worked.
It is very simple. Do what the Republicans do.
With all due respect to Michelle Obama, and I hope she runs for prez, the line I heard last night was, "when they go low, we go lower". This may be distasteful to many, but we are not talking feel-good Dem warm and fuzzies; we are talking about achieving power, which the Dems avoid because they may dirty their hands. Well, then, cry on the sidelines with clean hands and be steamrolled by the folks who simply do not care about your feelings, and who know how to use procedural rules, laws and anything else to their benefit.
From the legislative perspective, do as they do. Do as they have done. It is no coincidence that Karl Rove, Cheney and, now, Bannon won. They are ruthless, yes, but they win and we lose.
THEY HAVE THE POWER.
Power means they can gerrymander, restrict voting, and count the votes on their machines. They manipulate the system to their ends, and their goal is power. Which the Dems do not have or know how to attain.
Before every and any decision of any kind, just ask one question: WWBD?
What Would Bannon Do?