COSTA MESA, CA - JUNE 05: Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, 48th District, speaks to supporters on election night at his campaign headquarters on June 5, 2018 in Costa Mesa, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP
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Unless Democrats face up to this reality and devise a strategy to reverse this tidal wave of defeat, they might find themselves surprised one more time this November. When you tally up their representation in Congress, state legislatures and governorships, the Democrats are almost at their lowest point in 100 years. Britain's David Miliband observed in 2011 that the year before, the Labour Party had received its second-worst electoral result in nearly a century.Ten years after the start of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression – a global financial crisis caused in large part by the recklessness of the private sector – the parties that have been punished are largely on the left, and those rewarded are largely on the right.Berman's second factor is the nature of the economic systems of the post-World War II era, with large unionized workforces, manufacturing sectors, regulated economies and safety nets.Perhaps it is because the left and right do not have dramatically different programs – certainly compared with 50 years ago, when many on the left wanted to nationalize industry and many on the right wanted no social safety net at all.
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