American voters will reward the party that optimistically puts forth a concrete plan to return prosperity. And while the jury on the new administration is still out, the case against the GOP has long been closed.
Notwithstanding Republican victories in the N.J. and Virginia governor's races, let's not forget that a lower percentage of Americans now self-identify as Republicans than at any other time in a quarter-century.
Losing the Virginia and New Jersey governorships hurt. Local factors played a part, but these are major states. So it matters why the Democrats lost them. Here are eight reasons -- and lessons for next time.