DNC and DCCC are beginning to pay a price for their failure to reform
After the 2014 election debacle the DNC did an "autopsy".
Do you know what it found? It discovered that the DNC is doing a great job!
The 19-page report from the Democratic National Committee’s Victory Task Force doesn’t address the core issue of drop-off voters head on – the words “turn out” or “drop off” don’t even appear in the report – nor does it call for any fundamental changes to the Democratic Party’s message or policy, as a similar Republican “autopsy report” did after the 2012 election.
“We don’t believe that we need to change anything from a policy standpoint to win elections,” said task force member Maria Cardona.
After the 2016 election debacle the DNC decided against doing an "autopsy", but the DCCC did one.
Do you know what it found? It discovered that the DCCC is doing a great job, but it needs more money.
Only about two-dozen lawmakers showed up for the presentation, which sources described as "dense but thorough." But members were not allowed to have copies of the report and may view it only under the watchful eyes of DCCC staff.
The presentation didn't focus on Democratic messaging and instead was heavily skewed towards money -- how much the DCCC brings in, from where and how those funds are spent.
So what do you think might be the fallout from not listening or caring about the needs of the grassroots, even after getting annihilated over and over again in elections?
Eventually it shows up in fundraising.
At the end of April, the RNC reported $45.6 million in contributions this year—while the DNC raised a paltry $19 million.
The RNC also reported no debt with almost $35 million in the bank. The DNC on the other hand had $7.6 million in cash and $6.2 million in debt.
They were even forced to take out a $10 million credit line to keep up. The DNC outraised and outspent their opponents in 2016and were dealt a crushing defeat at the hands of President Trump.
Since then, it would appear that Democrats across the country are deeming their party committee a poor steward of their money.
Here’s the bottom line: The reality is that cash matters when it comes to winning elections.
The DNC is pretty much broke and does not have a cohesive mission. So one has to wonder if they have any chance of remaining impactful in 2020.
The DCCC is having problems as well, but they are of a far different kind.
A mass exodus of senior leadership at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Monday over a lack of institutional diversity left the party’s campaign arm in disarray and called into question the leadership of chairperson Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos. Black and Hispanic leaders in House had expressed anger at Bustos’ personnel decisions after being elected to the role came to a head this week in the staff shakeup. “There is not one person of color—black or brown, that I’m aware of — at any position of authority or decision-making in the DCCC,” said Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told Politico last week. “It is shocking, it is shocking, and something needs to be done about it.”
On Sunday, two Hispanic lawmakers described the DCCC as “in complete chaos.” With frustration growing, Bustos ally and DCCC executive director Allison Jaslow resigned Monday morning and was followed out the door by much of the committee’s senior staff, including the deputy executive director, the director of diversity, the political director, the communications director, and a top communications aide.
Now here's the funny part.
Just one month ago the DCCC began a new program called Cycle of Engagement.
“It’s now a multiyear strategy, and the whole premise of this is that we earn the support — and I emphasize ‘earn the support’ — of two of our key constituencies, namely, people of color and young people,” DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos told Yahoo News. “We’ve got a multipronged approach to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted and that we earn every single vote.”
Meanwhile, over 70 college chapters are boycotting the DCCC.
Looks like Cycle of Engagement is "doing great", just like all of those election autopsy's conclude.
Here's the question that the Dems need answered:
Is the inability of the Dems to have an honest self-examination due to corruption, cowardice, or both?
Bonus question: Since the Dems are completely unable to willingly reform, can the grassroots force them to reform?