Where Do We Go From Here
November 7, 2016
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It seems like this election cycle has become the new normal daily routine,
awaiting the next bombshell scandal or feud to capture the media for days, just waiting
for the next.
Democrats have been scrambling since the summer to come to terms with the
possibility of a Donald Trump presidency. They also have been working on their policy
plan, should their wishes be granted and Hillary Clinton is elected.
Republicans have made clear that they would continue to barricade Clinton’s
policy initiatives, and even her Supreme Court nominees, should the Republicans
remain in control of Congress.
Donna Brazile, the current chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee,
who took over after the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Shultz, is looking for Clinton
to get started right away on setting up her administration and making sure the
government can function before diving into other initiatives.
“She needs to take care of all the left overs – The Supreme Court, raising the debt
ceiling, she should put in place a new cabinet and a new administration,” Brazile said.
Brazile also believes that Clinton should bring back some of the issues that have
been important to many Americans but didn’t quite make it onto the forefront of
political discourse in the general election.
“She need sot talk about the kinds of issues that will bring us together. Find
something to talk about that makes us feel good as Americans,” Brazlie said.
Democrats in the Senate are looking to start working on the issues that President
Obama and the Democratic Party have been pushing during his two terms, but have
been blocked by a Republican Congress.
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut recognizes the importance of Clinton
bringing up the policies that she hopes will appeal to young people, a group who has
never been reliable voters and have not expressed great enthusiasm for the Democratic
“She’s got a really aggressive plan to make college debt free, but I think she also
needs to talk about the contrasts…young people value diversity, they value tolerance and
Donald Trump is the antithesis of a country that puts a value on diversity,” Murphy said
in an interview last month.
Even local governments are bracing for the possibility of a Donald Trump
presidency. A report from the New Haven Register showed that the New Haven city
government was not lawfully required to help federal immigration officials evict
undocumented immigrants, even if they cannot stop them.
Democratic Mayor of New Haven Toni Harp, a Clinton supporter, expressed the
difficulty of governing under a Trump presidency, stressing the importance of working
with other local officials to get things done.
“We will have to try to work with our congressional leaders and hopefully do the
best that we can,” Harp said.
She also noted that the city had benefitted greatly under the Democratic
leadership of President Obama.
Democrats all over the country are hoping that they can finally move beyond the Doanld
Trump phenomenon of this election, while Republicans are nowhere near done with