First, competing in every state and every district is still vital. You never know when an opportunity will arise to pull off an unexpected victory — just ask Dave Brat. That’s one of the reasons we launched the 50-state strategy when I was chairman of the Democratic National Committee and why we continue to push for its implementation at Democracy for America. Democrats can win everywhere only when we run everywhere. That requires committing to and developing grass-roots talent in the deepest-red and darkest-blue corners of the electoral map.

Second, Americans are so fed up with Congress that even the tea party wants to kick it out. Eric Cantor was part of a leadership team that has spent four years passing legislation that would increase the wealth gap and desecrate the environment. They have stymied every presidential initiative for the sake of political posturing. House leaders have engaged in very little serious work that would benefit the American people, and voters are sick of it.