On the flipside, I have no shortage of Republican friends who criticize Democrats on Facebook. But almost always the approach is different. They attack Democrats for their views and policies. When Democrats attack Republicans on Facebook it is almost always comes accompanied by a claim Republicans are crazy racist sexist homophobes who hate poor people (check one or all).
It is the Achilles' heel of the liberal elitists who dominate the Democratic Party that they cannot conceive of the fact that not everyone shares their view of the world. Rather, the liberals' approach seems more to talk just to each other to gain affirmation that their world view is the one held by most Americans and that anyone who thinks differently must have some sort of mental deficiency. If they lose an election, it is not that the Democrats' policies are wrong, it is that the voters are stupid and were tricked by those crazy tea party Republicans.
But while the Democrats have convinced themselves that the Republican Party is in trouble, indeed near extinction, the electoral scoreboard shows something else entirely. Republicans have entered an era of almost unprecedented success. Let's take a look at how well the Republicans are doing:
State Legislatures: Republicans control 66 of 99 legislative chambers. Republicans have complete control in 30 legislatures, while Democrats control both chambers in 11 legislatures. (The other 9 have split control.)Of course, much of the Democrats' belief that their party is winning is based on Barack Obama's two presidential election victories. Yet, in 2012, Barack Obama received just 51% of the popular vote against a very weak Republican nominee. While many believe 2012 was an electoral college landslide despite being a relatively close popular vote, in fact it was the 21st closest electoral vote ever. With a swing of 333,000 votes (just .26% of the total popular vote) in New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio and Virginia would have given Romney the election.
Governors: Republicans today have 31 of the 50 state governorships while Democrats have only 17. There is one independent.
Complete Control of State Government: Only seven states have a Democratic governor and Democratic legislature, the lowest level of Democratic state domination since the Civil War. Republicans have complete control of state government in 24 states.
Congress: Of the 435 member U.S. House, 247 are Republicans. That is the largest Republican House majority in 85 years. Republicans have 54 of the 100 U.S. Senators. Since Obama's election in 2008, Democrats have lost 70 seats in Congress and 900 state legislative seats. That is, respectively, a partisan swing of 140 and 1800 seats.
Rather than spending time offering less than helpful suggestions regarding how the GOP can hone its message, the Democrats would be wise to take stock on their own electoral failures and revise their message and policies so that the Democrats have more appeal to Americans who are rejecting the party in record numbers.