Does anyone else think the Democrats have a big problem that they aren't addressing correctly? I hate to bring up the 2016 campaign season already, but what are the Democrats going to be running on? Besides proving that they are good about sending out hundreds of e-mails begging for money with no substance, suggestions, or policy proposals for making America better. Who is even going to run? Will the conservatives have such a big lead getting their message out there that the Democrats will not be able to catch up? Minimum wage isn't going to be a big issue now that Wal-Mart increased it and other companies are following suit that can. Gay marriage will probably not be an issue once the Supreme Court rules on it this Summer (Far right social conservatives will still vote on this issue though I bet). Immigration doesn't affect that many people around here. But, if the 2016 election is about gun rights, middle class tax reform, business tax reform, and foreign policy... The Democrats and Liberals/Progressives have no chance in 2016. I'm sure healthcare will be a big issue, and I have no idea what either party will come up with as a plan. Then you have the far left wing who are upset with the Democrats, probably correctly, for not doing things like breaking up the big banks, prosecuting Wall St., Gitmo/War policy, not gutting the private health insurance cartel, not protecting the environment from oil spills, fracking waste, and coal waste water/pollution. Now, they have done some good things or at least decent things, and have prevented the bad ideas of the right wing in some cases, but the Democrats have a problem with the base being anti-corporate, while there are still lots of middle class people working for corporations, union members who count on corporations/governments for their paychecks, and there aren't very good options for dropping out of the current fiscal structure easily. There doesn't seem to be a grand plan, and there is little media coverage of their ideas. Where are the conventions to hash out left wing policies and ideas among somewhat agreeable people? Why does it seem like the right-wing candidates go to "freedom summits" and "CPAC's" every week then get more media attention then the left wing ones? I get that the Democratic party might want to conserve money and not take away from what Obama is doing by needing to give their opinions on every decision Obama makes. And I'm not sure what Hillary will decide to do, but maybe it's her decision they are waiting for. I'm just not sure how effective of a campaign she will run. I can't defend all the dirt the right will throw at her. If she were to win, she might be more forceful when in office, but the extreme conservatives will still work against her in government, try to destroy the ability of government to get anything done, and spin any good result as their own. The right wing media will be all over her, and they have plenty of talking points already to go. What do you think? Are Democrats in a good place? Do they need to hash out their plans and policies for the future? What will they do to deal with the media issue and the conservatives who feel no shame for posting whatever they feel like? What should the Democrats be doing in the next few years to run an effective campaign and connect with the general population again?