Under President Obama, Democrats have lost 900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats. That’s some legacy.

Ouch. The context for Cooper’s tweet is last night’s elections, which should come, as Greg Sargent writes, as a “brutal reality check for the Democratic Party” — and one with real consequences for Obamacare and climate change.

  • For more on the Democratic Party’s downballot crisis, read Matt Yglesias’s feature on the subject.
  • Political scientist Phil Klinkner has a more optimistic take for Democrats: “There’s nothing wrong with the Democrats that losing the presidency probably won’t fix,” he writes.
  • But Lee Drutman thinks the party’s fortunes are darker: In a fascinating analysis, he argues that America is entering “a reinforcing feedback loop of growing inequality and Republican rule.”