Democrats face a power outage in Washington — and an identity crisis

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The biggest stain on Barack Obama’s political legacy may turn out to be the decimation of the Democratic Party on his watch. The 2016 election has brought a moment of reckoning — and a new era to the party. Democrats have been shut out of power in Washington, with the White House and both chambers of Congress in GOP control starting in January. In state houses across the country, their ranks have been decimated. And for the first time in a quarter-century, there will be no one named Clinton in the Oval Office or on deck. Obama and Vice President Biden are also moving offstage. That is certain to set off a struggle for the soul and direction of the party — and give an opening for other leaders to fill the void in a party with a thin bench.

From The Washington Post: