We all know what happened to the hope, and here’s what’s left of the change:
Leaders in both the House and the Senate — including Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — are expected to retain their spots atop the party in the next Congress, while the White House, in similar fashion, says it will keep its top staff largely intact.
“The president is somebody who doesn’t make personnel changes just for cosmetic reasons,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday.
The decision to stick with the status quo sends a clear message that Democrats believe Tuesday’s disastrous outcome was caused by factors beyond their control, and that they see themselves as best suited to steer a comeback.
But it’s also sparked concern among some party operatives and rank-and-file members that the Democrats’ rebound strategy lacks fresh voices, novel ideas and a new public image.
Eventually the long knives will have to come out, unless there’s a wave of leadership retirements in 2016. But the Democrats need fresh faces now, to set the stage for the next cycle. And as a political observer, I’m more than tired of Pelosi and Reid, who have been doing this act together since they were the opposition the first time around — that’s a decade ago.
But there is still some entertainment to be had watching them flail about, so I guess we’ll have to take what we can get.