Not able to comprehend that the old guard of the Democratic party has put it in the worst shape in 80 years, the House Democrats have, once again, elected Nancy Pelosi as their Minority Leader. Or, to use a sports analogy, they rehired a coach with a zero win record for the last eight years.
It wasn't only Washington that experienced the Republican tsunami over the last eight years, it was a sweeping rejection of the Democratic Party across the entire nation. Twenty-nine percent of the Democrats in the House of Representatives come from just two states: California and New York. Add Massachusetts and they are up to 34%; and two-thirds of the Dems in the House come from just 13 states that line our two coasts as noted by the blue states on the following map:
All the white states represent the farmers, blue collar, and manufacturing workers that the Democrats claim they support. Yet, those people in the so-called fly-over states understand that the Democratic party has forgotten them. That is why the Democrats have literally seen the majority they had in the state legislatures flip since Obama took office and while Pelosi was in charge of the House Democrats:
Pelosi holds onto leadership: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/308034-pelosi-holds-onto-leadership
Source of First Graphic: Rep. Tim Ryan: Republicans Tying Democrats To Pelosi "Sank Us"; "We Are Not A National Party Right Now" http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/11/27/pelosi_challenger_tim_ryan_promotes_meditation_mindfullness_education_mindset.html
Source of Second Graphic: Dems hit new low in state legislatures: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/306736-dems-hit-new-low-in-state-legislatures
Nearly one-third of House Democrats are from California and New York: https://pubsecrets.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/nearly-one-third-of-house-democrats-are-from-california-and-new-york-hmmm/
Republican Party the Strongest It's Been in 80 Years: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/11/17/republican_party_the_strongest_its_been_in_80_years.html