Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), left, leans in to speak to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), before Schumer’s speech at the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series on Feb. 12 in Louisville. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

As the Feb. 9 Daily 202 column “New polling suggests Republicans may ride out a midterm wave” [PowerPost] stated, Democrats may indeed read too much into their 2017 successes. But a larger question is whether the party can in 2018 and 2020 come up with candidates and issues that voters see as more attractive and compelling than the Republican offerings. 

Democrats may not have that much to offer; we clearly didn’t in 2016. And last week, after much meaningless breast-beating about the “dreamers,” we signed on to a grossly inflated military budget and the continued impoverishment of needed domestic programs.

For a two-party system to work, there have to be important differences between the two parties.

R.M. Titus, Alexandria