Even though both the House and Senate would be under GOP control, Congress still has the ability to oppose or even block various proposed pieces of legislation.
But it will probably be harder for Schumer to keep Democrats together on issues crucial to conservative voters including the Supreme Court, abortion, guns and weakening the Environmental Protection Agency.
The third problem Democrats have grappled with is an unforgiving House district map, ever since Republicans redrew many key state maps in the 2010 Census redistricting.
The difference between winning and losing could not have been more stark for the Democratic Party last week.
We may live in Trump's America now, but that means the political cycle will swing in the Democrats' direction. Thanks to Wikileaks, we don't have to speculate about that fact.
TAD DEVINE: Good to be with you, Scott. "While Hillary Clinton has lost ground, although she is still ahead by a wide margin". With decade old audio recordings being leaked alongside the usual conduct, Donald Trump was only digging his hole. That's how she lost, OK?
In a year when so many Americans wanted change, she appeared to offer more of the same.
Sanders: I thought there was a 2-1 shot she was going to win.
Partly as a result, union membership sank from 22% of all workers when Bill Clinton was elected president to less than 12%today, and the working class lost bargaining leverage to get a share of the economy's gains.More news: Clergy join Dakota Access pipeline protesters for ceremony
Listening to Hillary Clinton give her concession speech on Wednesday was extremely painful to watch, despite her graciousness in defeat and her acknowledgement that her historic campaign has been an inspiration to young women with promising political careers.
"Sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and other people think is moving back and that's OK", President Obama said.
Crucially, independent voters, who made up almost one-third of the general election voters this year, favored Sanders over Trump, 55 percent to 45 percent, the poll found. And the way we do that is by the policies that we enunciate and the people we stand up and fight for.
Speaking about that possibility, Ellison said that "the most important criteria for a DNC chair is going to be vision.[.] and the ability to mobilize and inspire people at the grassroots".
Addressing host George Stephanopoulos's comment that "a lot of Democrats complain that that party has been basically hollowed out under President Obama", the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair said that the way to come back is "to have a vision to strengthen the grassroots" and to "make the voters first, not the donors first". Or what about the blue dog or conservative Democrats? "And I think what the conclusion is, is that Democrats are focused too much with a liberal elite, which is raising incredible sums of money from wealthy people in the upper middle class, but has ignored to a very significant degree the working class and the middle class and low-income people in this country", Sanders rued. I did everything I could to see that he not become elected, but he won.
"Every single Democrat in this country better be thinking the exact same way", he said. So this country is changing demographically in a way that can favor Democrats over the long term.
SIMON: Have Democrats made a mistake possibly in seeing the electorate as different ethnic groups? "If Donald Trump takes people's anger and turns it against Muslims, Hispanics, African-Americans and women, we will be his worst nightmare", Mr. Sanders said in a post on Twitter on Thursday. "We need the kind of enthusiasm that comes from a movement".
"I know you can't look past Bernie and March primaries", Joel Johnson, a senior Clinton strategist wrote in an email to campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri in February.