Democrats need an agenda — and they need it now

Don't wait until the 2018 midterms to put a plan together

A Democratic agenda.
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In the wake of the stunning victory by Doug Jones in Alabama, the Democrats have a very real prospect of taking over both the House and the Senate in 2018. Taking over the House requires winning only 24 seats, which, with the generic ballot favoring Democrats by double-digits and consistent outperformance across 2017's special elections, is a more likely outcome than not, even considering the impact of partisan gerrymandering.

Taking over the Senate is a heavier lift, requiring Democrats to defend vulnerable seats in red states like Missouri and Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia, as well as in purple states like Florida and Minnesota. But Democrats have real shots to win open seats in Arizona and Tennessee, and to topple GOP Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada. And if Stephen Bannon gets his way, they may have opportunities in states like Nebraska. Even Texas Sen. Ted Cruz should be at least a little bit worried. And the Democrats only need a net pickup of two seats to take the chamber.

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