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Democrats should take a cue: Fresh start

Old guard has got to go
Old guard has got to go
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Politico discusses the GOP’s new leadership this morning. In the promo they highlight the collaborative nature of the new team. Collaboration is a winning theme for any effective party and that begins inside and at the top of the leadership team.

As for Democrats, the leadership in Congress is worn out. They are part of the legacy of dysfunction. At the top of the party is President Obama, a one man band. He is not a collaborator and will go down in history as not a good politician. Now, you can’t change the culture until the brand name, “Obama” is removed.

That doesn’t mean that he has to leave office early, but it does mean that he needs to back away from party leadership. With Hillary coming in as the Presidential candidate, her team needs to secure the reigns at once. Her hesitance is part of the problem.

Republican voters helped Republicans purge their leadership such as booting Cantor out of office. They should have nailed Mitch McConnell too, but didn’t.

Democrats missed the opportunity to boot the old guard, and now they are stuck. That will likely cost them the Senate and the House too. Had they put up fresh candidates that included a majority being women, they could have changed the outcome. As it is, Democrats are going down in the fall.

That downer, followed by effective new GOP leadership may actually improve the odds that the Republicans could defeat Clinton. All they have to do is run Meg Whitman, for instance. The gold old boys would choke on that. That means that the contest will be close, but the cigar goes to Hillary.

In both instances, politicians who are collaborators will be winners for Americans and for themselves down the road. Hillary Clinton is a pro and will leverage that behavior. A win by her may drive out the old guard. Elizabeth Warren can help that too.

“Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise: Parallel paths to leadership


Their parallel rise began in the late 1990s, when Kevin McCarthy, the national chairman of the Young Republicans, became good pals with Steve Scalise, a local leader in Louisiana.
It continued in 2008 when McCarthy, now a congressman, flew to Louisiana for Scalise’s swearing-in to the state Senate. Scalise treated him to a tour of the state Capitol, and later that year, McCarthy was the biggest national figure to endorse Scalise for Congress — and cut him a check. Eric Cantor followed suit — at McCarthy’s behest.

Cantor is now on his way out of Congress, and this duo — their political fortunes still twinned — face a shared challenge: reshaping a House Republican leadership that has at times seemed beset by divisions and distant from the rank and file. McCarthy, of California, will become House majority leader on July 31, and Scalise, of Louisiana, will be the majority whip — a leadership shakeup resulting from Cantor’s shocking primary loss last month.”

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