As the year 2017 winds down, Democrats, in general, and the La Crosse County Democratic Party in particular; have responded to the shock of a Trump Presidency with vigor and passion. Some of the disastrous policies of the Trump led Republicans, like repealing the Affordable Care Act and the Muslim ban, were defeated. Some of the policies were enacted, but even those carried a gift.
Emboldened by the complete control of the government, the GOP has been acting on some of their most radical ideas to reward their special interest benefactors. Their actions are brazenly self-serving. Their candidates are incompetent and frequently amoral. The Trump administration is completely riddled with obvious corruption, All but the most radical voters are starting to recognize the moral bankruptcy and ineptitude of their party.
The elections of 2018 are ladened with the possibility of a Democratic tidal wave. Yes, the GOP special interests will throw tens of millions of dollars into the races in Wisconsin alone. Yes, there will be character assassination carried out on Democratic candidates. But there was a poll showing Walker losing to a generic Democrat. The Wisconsin redistricting gerrymandering suit before the US Supreme Court has a decision expected early next year and the majority of prognostications are for the redistricting to be found unconstitutional. Paul Ryan is facing a Democratic opponent who is already getting traction. Does anyone remember similar circumstances in 2014 or 2010?
The elections appear to be the Democrats’ to lose. We must not become complacent, we must not fall into old habits and we must not lose sight of the prize. We must work with vigor and confidence, with unfaltering energy and dedication, and with utter assurance in our final victory.