Forward is a good direction in which to look, and a party that just had a very rough election cycle is smart to look forward as it considers how to present itself to the American people.
Let me take you back to 1988. The Republican Party had just won its third straight presidential election, and Democrats were in a sad place after nominating duds like Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis. It seemed to some of us that the Democrats would never win another presidential election.
But they regrouped and embraced new leadership. I have never been a fan of Bill Clinton, but his political skills are undeniable, and he found new ways to present the Democrats to the nation just as voters were tiring of the old brand of leadership.
Clinton did well because he thought and acted differently from the Democratic establishment of the time. His presidency was flawed