Holding a national gathering of state Democratic leaders on the same weekend as a Louisiana Senate runoff election in which the Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu was all but guaranteed to lose was an odd choice.
But to imply that “voters agree with us,” as Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz did Friday, the day before Landrieu got slaughtered, borders on bizarre.
Particularly so when that loss capped off a resounding drubbing her party took in the 2014 midterm elections, resulting in a swing of nine seats and control of the Senate to the GOP.
Nevertheless, Wasserman Schultz insisted that voters agree with Democrats and that her party is “right on the issues.”
“We know that where you could see by referendum the questions like increasing the minimum wage, like equal pay for equal work, like making sure that women’s health care was not unnecessarily restricted, Democratic policies were supported by voters and Republican policies were rejected,” she told reporters on Friday, according to the Palm Beach Post.
“We have evidence, by voter turnout and election results, that voters do agree with us on that.”
Just don’t look to Louisiana for those election results.
While you expect party leaders to be Kool Aid drinkers, you don’t expect them to be delusional. When other Democrat leaders were asked about the impact President Obama’s policies had on the November election, the responses give Wasserman Schultz a run for her money.
“I think it’s really wrong for people to say this is President Obama’s fault,” Nevada Democratic Chairwoman Roberta Lange said. “When you look back at his record of all the things he’s accomplished since the last election, it’s been phenomenal.”
“For those who were asked, did they vote for Barack Obama, the answer should have been ‘I’m a Democrat. Who the hell do you think I voted for?’” said Indiana Democratic Vice Chairwoman Cordelia Lewis Burks. “They didn’t have to call his name. No Democrat running for anything is going to vote for Mitt Romney. That should have been the answer.”
Maybe, but the Democrats’ problem isn’t explaining who their candidates voted for — it’s getting voters to vote for their candidates.
You know, those voters Wasserman Shultz insists agree with them.
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