As if anyone had to tell you, the Democrat Party is in total disarray heading into a national election year. With the bells about to ring in the new year, the party has yet to get behind a presidential candidate to face Donald Trump in November and time is quickly running out.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Waren have been up and down in the polls but none of them have captured the hearts and minds of traditional Democrats, many of whom appear spooked by the party's sharp lurch to the left. Not only are the so-called "leaders" taking the party to a place it has never been before – radical socialism – but there seems to be no one in the Democrat Party sounding an alarm or attempting to haul the thing back to the center.

In other words, the party is like a rudderless ship with no real direction and no clear leadership.

As black, Hispanic, female and even gay voters begin to abandon the Democrat Party in varying degrees, the all-inclusive, big tent party appears to be collapsing. All of this because of irrational hatred for Trump and an inability to gracefully accept defeat and build on it.

Three years of impeachment talk and investigations with little to show legislatively has badly hampered the Democrats' chances of winning back the White House next fall and could result in a loss of control of the Congress to the Republicans.

If the Democrats hope to save their party from irrelevance, someone has to emerge with a new populous message to fit the times and lead the party away from its failed big-government policies that have trapped so many in poverty and despair for decades. The times they are a-changin' but so far the Democrats have resisted the call.

Is anyone listening?

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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