There's some good news to look forward to for the 2020 elections.The good news for 2020 is that the situation the Democrats faced this election, with 24 seats up for election compared to 9 Republican seats at risk, is reversed. In 2020 there will be 20 Republicans and 11 Democrats whose seats will be up for election, and two seats to be determined in the 2018 elections. That puts a lot more Republican seats at risk.
Another positive factor lies within the numbers that go beyond the actual election wins. While the Democrats won 222 seats in the House the NYTimes reports that out of 435 congressional districts, 317 shifted to the left, though only 30 shifts flipped seats. But if the trend continues and the Democrats demoronize their leadership, and find a strong presidential candidate, they could build on that momentum and pick up a lot more seats in the house and senate.
I believe that Nancy Pelosi is bad for the party and a poor, weak leader. She builds her claim to fame on her fundraising and the reality is that progressives won with bottom-up small donation money. The big loser Democrats were the ones who went Republican light. It didn't work very well for McCaskill to call progressives crazy.
While I've voted Green the past two elections, I will hold my nose in the next election (since I don't think Bernie will be allowed to run-- the Hillbots virulently hate him) and vote Democratic. It is too important that Trump be kept from winning a second term. The good news is that progressives are on a roll and there is a great chance that we will pick up even more solid candidates in 2020. One thing we need to do is challenge the DNC to stop rigging primaries, and that includes supporting incumbents. Every election should have an open primary, without Democratic leaders putting their thumbs on the scales-- their arrogant, hubris-ridden belief that they know better than the people. We must demand that Democratic leaders keep their hands off primaries and let the people decide. That means totally getting rid of superdelegates-- a top-down, hierarchical, elitist, toxic policy that as totally anti-democratic.
What do you think are some of the good things to hope for and expect?