The obvious reason for the Democrats’ troubles is that they lost the White House, the House and the Senate last year. Now, the party appears to have a particularly bad hangover. One data point: In 2013, after Republicans lost their second presidential election in a row and many believed the party faced years in the electoral wilderness, the RNC still raised more money in the January-June period, $41.1 million, than the $38.2 million the Democrats have raised so far this year.
There is much discussion about the intensity of Democratic opposition to President Trump, and indeed Democrats showed a lot of fundraising enthusiasm in the losing race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District that turned into a referendum on the president. But the fact is, the passions behind the Resistance have not, or have not yet, turned into support for the main vehicle of opposition to Trump, the Democratic Party.
The fact is, Democrats have not gotten over the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders split that plagued the party last year.