Leftists need to elect Democrat Governors, but they should have been concerned back in 2010.
It is understandable that the Left would want more Democrat governors to help with redistricting battles and other issues. But the fact that they only now recognize the problem means the Democrats have been missing the boat since 2010, at least. While they reveled in the Obama presidency and his executive orders, Republicans were taking over the country state by state in 2010, 2014, and finally in 2016. The have an immense amount of ground to recover.
All that time they thought they were winning they were actually losing.
After their party’s shocking White House defeat, top Democrats are shifting their efforts to rebuild political power by focusing on a series of governors’ races and redistricting legal battles.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have been quietly courting major party donors during a series of weekend trips to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and New York in an effort to convince them to channel more funding to local and state elections — with a particular focus on the next generation of governors who will oversee redistricting around the 2020 Census — as well as legal challenges to gerrymandered congressional districts.
It’s the start of a routine they plan to keep in the lead up to the 2018 election.
“I don’t care who the president of the United States is, it doesn’t matter in the sense that, if we don’t have governors to stop these horrible maps, they’re going to pass a lot of this stuff at the state level,” said McAuliffe, a Democrat who finishes his term in January.
“Politically, this is what I’m going to do. I’m obsessed,” McAuliffe said during an interview with USA TODAY at a Washington hotel.
“The more we travel, people get it. I don’t say this lightly, but the future of our party comes down to these governor’s elections,” said McAuliffe. “And to have Nancy Pelosi sitting next to me, who is Congress, saying this is very important,” he said.