Is the Democratic Party in disarray following Hillary Clinton's defeat? 

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who is challenging Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the Minority Leader post, said this week that he viewed the election as an "earthquake" through the Rust Belt, as President-elect Donald Trump won across the Midwest. 

Expressing similar sentiments as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ryan said the party "failed to talk about economic opportunity" for working-class voters. He said he's "pulling the fire alarm," arguing that Democrats are "in denial" about the election.

The "Special Report" panel weighed in on the state of the party, with Charles Krauthammer rejecting President Obama's contention that a "complete overhaul" is not needed.

He said that Obama will leave the White House after eight years with his party "decimated," pointing out that Dems were "shellacked" in every election in which he was not on the top of the ticket.

Krauthammer noted that since Obama took office, the party lost 10 Senate seats, 14 governors, 31 statehouses and 63 House seats, leaving Democrats at their lowest point in the House since the 1920s.

"You don't need a full overhaul [because] there's no way to overhaul rubble. ... If you look at a map of the U.S., there are about 5,000 counties [and] Hillary Clinton won 300. If you draw a map of the country, who went where, it is red from sea to shining sea with these little concentrated, heavily-populated pockets of Democrats," said Krauthammer.


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