Democrats, Stop Celebrating and Get to Work

Despite President Obama's win, Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says in the Washington Post that his party shouldn't rest on its laurels.

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There will be another term of President Obama in the White House, but in a piece in the Washington Post, Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says the fight is far from over. Instead of spending energy celebrating the recent win, the Washington insider says that now it's time to deliver.

Demographics alone are not destiny. There is nothing in this year's election returns that guarantees Democrats a permanent majority in the years to come. President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups -- young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans -- because of our ideas.

But we cannot expect Republicans to cede the economic argument so readily, or to fall so far short on campaign mechanics, the next time around.

So, instead of resting on false assurances of underlying demographic advantages, the Democratic Party must follow through on our No. 1 priority, which the president set when he took office and reemphasized throughout this campaign: It is time to come home and rebuild America.

Read Rahm Emanuel's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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