Well congratulations to the Democratic Party, which managed to successfully run from office all over the United States. You ran from the sitting President. You ran from the Affordable Care Act. You ran from the improving economy. You ran from a whole series of foreign policy successes. You ran from all of it and the voters ran you off the map because you didn't run FOR anything!
You let yourselves be run out of office by the least popular political party in the history of the known universe, one which has frequently flirted with single digit approval. You were beaten by radical politicians who quite literally are destroying the economies of the states they govern.
You don't get to blame it on President Obama, either. Since WWII every President whose party holds the Senate in the sixth year of his Presidency has lost it. Sam Brownback didn't beat Barack Obama, who has no impact whatsoever on the governance of Kansas. Or Wisconsin. Or Florida. Or MARYLAND for crying out loud.
Here's your clue. Minimum Wage increases passed in multiple states, including RED states. Personhood amendments lost again in multiple states. A land acquisiton for conservation program won big in the red state of Florida. A requirement to grant sick time allowance to some employees passed in Massachussetts. “School reform” via tying student performance to pay and retention of teachers failed in Missouri. Redistricting reform passed in New York. Required funding for transportation funding passed in multiple states. Background checks on gun purchases passed in Washington.
THESE ARE LIBERAL POLICIES. Kynect, the Kentucky version of Obamacare, is so popular Mitch McConnell called to keep it! So this is how it is, Democratic Party...quit running from Liberal policies. Quit running from your votes, own them proudly. Americans prefer the policies of the Democratic Party by significant majorities on nearly every issue...but voters don't know it because Democratic politicians don't claim them. Quit playing coy with the same Neoliberal economic policies Republicans have used to run this country into the ground.
Just stop it. I'm sick of justifying a party that only goes half in. I'm sick of pulling for a party that hopes if they only go half in they can pretend to be all things to all people. Grow a spine and be the voice of the average America. That was your identity decade after decade for a long, long time. It worked. What you're doing now doesn't.