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We're now seeing a backlash against the bullies

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency on

It is paying off.

On Nov. 7, Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie's hate-filled, Trump-style campaign for governor of Virginia collapsed in a nearly nine-percentage-point loss to Ralph Northam. Democrats swept statewide elections in Virginia, won the New Jersey governor's race, and achieved other victories across the nation.

Another consequence of Trump's presidency has been a sharp increase in the number of women directly engaged in politics. More than 20,000 women have declared themselves candidates for public office so far, according to Stephanie Schriock, the president of Emily's List -- an unprecedented number.

This should be the Democrats' hour -- especially if they stand up against the bullies of America and stand for the millions who have been humiliated, intimidated, disenfranchised and disempowered.

Democrats will need to gain 24 seats to take control of the House in 2018. It will be difficult, given the amount of gerrymandering and other forms of voter suppression imposed by Republican legislatures.

Nevertheless, last month, the Cook Political Report shifted 12 House districts in favor of Democrats, a full year ahead of the 2018 midterms.

 

A poll released at the beginning of November showed Democrats with an 11-point lead over Republicans on a generic House ballot. The Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 51 percent of registered voters said they would vote for the Democrat in their district, while 40 percent said they would vote for the Republican.

The revolt against Trump is a backlash against bullying in all its forms. Powerful and wealthy men who have felt free to impose their will on others, regardless of the pain they cause, are in for a rude awakening.

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(Robert Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few," now available in paperback. His new film, "Inequality for All," is now out on Amazon, DVD and On Demand. His daily blog is at www.facebook.com/RBReich/.)

 

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