Oh, it's not their policies. The part-time economy, the rise of ISIS, the Obamacare debacle, the Syrian refugee crisis, no, none of that had anything to do with it.
It's the Democrats' failure to "make the argument".
Despite a record loss of offices for the Democratic Party during his eight-year presidency, Barack Obama believes that the problem is not the party’s values or policy prescriptions but the inability to “make the argument.”
That’s what his top spokesman [said] in response to our question about the numerous news stories pointing out that Democrats lost 1,030 offices — U.S. Senate and House seats, governorships, and state legislative offices — during the Obama presidency. [It represents] the largest loss of offices for a party while it held the White House in modern history...
...As Obama sees it, according to Earnest, there is a need for Democrats “to express their view persuasively in communities all across the country, and that certainly is part of the challenge that President Obama is going to spend some time thinking about as a former President.”
We’ve got the values right, we’ve got the policy prescriptions right, but we just need to go and make the argument. And the President is confident that if and when Democrats do that, there are important gains for the party and for the country that lie ahead.”
It's not just a river in, eh, Maryland.
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.