This page describes the direction and vision of a renewed Democratic Party after a reset in November 2022, marked by the news on 30 Nov 2022 about Hakeem Jeffries, the new House minority leader, originally from Crown Heights. News stories are provided here in order by date with the most recent at the top. Entry headings show item source and date. There is some commentary and then the news items.
Returning to Roots
Recent news about leadership in both major U.S. political parties suggests there may be a competing race to the top (rather than a race to the bottom) as the parties return to their roots, traditions, and principles. For more about the Republican leadership renewal, read “GOP Leadership Report 2022.”
There’s a misconception about the Democratic Party and Republican Party relationship that assumes they are competing entities. In reality, they are better suited to be cooperative entities with different areas of expertise. This is evidenced by initiatives like the Problem Solvers Caucus — legislators from different parties and backgrounds combining forces.
The View (1 Dec 2022)
“House Democrats Elect First Black Party Leader” — Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was elected to succeed Nancy Pelosi, making him the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress. [Source]
ABC (30 Nov 2022)
“Hakeem Jeffries of NYC elected as House minority leader” — House Democrats moved seamlessly from one history-making leader to another, choosing 52-year-old New Yorker Hakeem Jeffries. Joe Torres has the story. — [Source]
Al Jazeera (30 Nov 2022)
“Who is the new US Democratic House Leader Hakeem Jeffries?” — Democrats in the House of Representatives, one of the two branches of the United States Congress, have selected New York’s Hakeem Jeffries to lead their caucus. His appointment, following a unanimous vote on Wednesday, was historic. Never before has a Black politician been named a party leader in the US Congress. Jeffries is set to lead a Democratic party that will lose its majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since 2018. In a speech following the vote on Wednesday, Jeffries said the party would reach across the aisle to work with Republicans.” [Source]
Chris Hedges (25 Nov 2022)
“The Chris Hedges Report: Why Democrats lost the midterm election with Ralph Nader” — [Source]
Hillsdale College (31 Oct 2019)
“The Future of the Democratic Party | William A. Galson, Douglas Schoen, Andrew Sullivan” — Beginning in 2010, and coinciding with the opening of Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship on Capitol Hill, the College has hosted an annual Constitution Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The program—which features speeches, debates, and roundtable discussions—explores the continuing relevance of the Founders’ Constitution for American politics today. [Source]
Significant changes to this document will be listed below.
- 1 Dec 2022 at 12:51 AM. Document initially posted. The post date has been set to 30 Nov 2022 in order to include it in the Fall 2022 articles list for Aug – Sep – Oct.