Joe: 'Democrats' long road back to hope and change'

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in...
FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in...

Joe Scarborough writes in The Washington Post: 

Progressive road rage is getting in the way of Democratic leaders pulling themselves out of the ditch. Despite six years of historic political setbacks, there is little self-reflection from a party that seemed to be on the verge of becoming a permanent majority just eight years ago. …With the 2018 Senate map stacked dramatically in the Republicans' favor, and with Democrats unwilling to take a realistic look at their dismal plight, Roosevelt's party could soon find itself in an overwhelming disadvantage. How do Democrats avoid handing President Trump an unbeatable majority on Capitol Hill? They must start by admitting to themselves just how bad things have become. …The truth is that Democrats have lost middle America. … [T]he political landscape looks grim for the party of Obama and Roosevelt. Its path back to the majority can't be drawn up by a former Republican congressman. But I do know this: The Democratic Party's demise will continue until it stops blaming others for its collapse, and instead looks inward at a party that not so long ago defined hope and change.

For Joe's full column, click here