The Democratic Party Autopsy Report

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    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member


    After a train wreck, investigators scrutinize the causes. A rigorous inquiry — not content to merely point fingers at external forces — takes an unflinching look at what occurred. Bringing to light the preventable problems is central to making significant improvements for the future. With such an approach, we can and must learn from electoral tragedy by evaluating the policies, actions and priorities of the Democratic Party.

    In the wake of the November 2016 election, the Democratic National Committee chose not to do a public “autopsy.” Overall, the party’s national leadership has shown scant interest in addressing many of the key factors that led to electoral disaster. Instead, the main emphasis has been on matters that the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee had little or no control over — an approach that largely obscures the party’s role in its own defeat.

    Rather than addressing topics beyond the control of the Democratic Party (whether FBI Director Comey, Russia, misogyny of some voters, etc.), this Autopsy focuses on some key factors that have been significantly under the party’s control. While in no way attempting or claiming to be comprehensive, this report focuses on some of our party’s most crucial flaws, fissures and opportunities.

    During the 2016 general election, the party experienced a falloff of voter turnout and support among people of color, the young and the working class. Much of our report concentrates on assessing the Democratic Party’s approach to those demographic groups.

    This independent report aims to serve as a nationwide discussion paper and stimulus for transformational action. The goal is clarity for the challenges ahead to end Republican rule and gain lasting momentum for progressive change.

    The task force of political organizers and research analysts who conducted this Autopsy was coordinated by longtime Democratic activist Karen Bernal, who chairs one of the largest caucuses in the California Democratic Party, the Progressive Caucus, and by co-founder Norman Solomon, a Democratic National Convention delegate in 2008 and 2016 who was the national coordinator of the independent Bernie Delegates Network. [Top]

    Executive Summary

    Sample of Findings

    The Party’s Base

    • Aggregated data and analysis show that policies, operations and campaign priorities of the national Democratic Party undermined support and turnout from its base in the 2016 general election. Since then, the Democratic leadership has done little to indicate that it is heeding key lessons from the 2016 disaster.

    • The Democratic National Committee and the party’s congressional leadership remain bent on prioritizing the chase for elusive Republican voters over the Democratic base: especially people of color, young people and working-class voters overall.

    • After suffering from a falloff of turnout among people of color in the 2016 general election, the party appears to be losing ground with its most reliable voting bloc, African-American women. “The Democratic Party has experienced an 11 percent drop in support from black women according to one survey, while the percentage of black women who said neither party represents them went from 13 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in 2017.”

    • One of the large groups with a voter-turnout issue is young people, “who encounter a toxic combination of a depressed economic reality, GOP efforts at voter suppression, and anemic messaging on the part of Democrats.”

    • “Emerging sectors of the electorate are compelling the Democratic Party to come to terms with adamant grassroots rejection of economic injustice, institutionalized racism, gender inequality, environmental destruction and corporate domination. Siding with the people who constitute the base isn’t truly possible when party leaders seem to be afraid of them.”

    • The DNC has refused to renounce, or commit to end, its undemocratic practices during the 2016 primary campaign that caused so much discord and distrust from many party activists and voters among core constituencies.

    • Working to defeat restrictions on voting rights is of enormous importance. Yet the Democratic National Committee failed to make such work a DNC staffing priority.

    Populism and Party Decline

    • The Democratic Party’s claims of fighting for “working families” have been undermined by its refusal to directly challenge corporate power, enabling Trump to masquerade as a champion of the people. “Democrats will not win if they continue to bring a wonk knife to a populist gunfight. Nor can Democratic leaders and operatives be seen as real allies of the working class if they’re afraid to alienate big funders or to harm future job or consulting prospects.”

    • “Since Obama’s victory in 2008, the Democratic Party has lost control of both houses of Congress and more than 1,000 state legislative seats. The GOP now controls the governorship as well as the entire legislature in 26 states, while Democrats exercise such control in only six states…. Despite this Democratic decline, bold proposals with the national party’s imprint are scarce.”

    • “After a decade and a half of nonstop warfare, research data from voting patterns suggest that the Clinton campaign’s hawkish stance was a political detriment in working-class communities hard-hit by American casualties from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

    • “Operating from a place of defensiveness and denial will not turn the party around. Neither will status quo methodology.”

    Sample of Recommendations

    Party Operations and Outreach

    • The Democratic National Committee must make up for lost time by accelerating its very recent gear-up of staffing to fight against the multi-front assaults on voting rights that include voter ID laws, purges of voter rolls and intimidation tactics.

    • The Democratic National Committee should commit itself to scrupulously adhering to its Charter, which requires the DNC to be evenhanded in the presidential nominating process.

    • Because “the superdelegate system, by its very nature, undermines the vital precept of one person, one vote,” the voting power of all superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention must end.

    • “Social movements cannot be understood as tools to get Democrats elected. The ebb and flow of social movements offer a rising tide in their own right that along the way can lift Democratic Party candidates — if the party is able to embrace the broad popular sentiment that the movements embody.”

    • “This is about more than just increasing voter turnout. It is about energizing as well as expanding the base of the party. To do this we must aggressively pursue two tracks: fighting right-wing efforts to rig the political system, and giving people who can vote a truly compelling reason to do so.”

    • “The enduring point of community outreach is to build an ongoing relationship that aims for the party to become part of the fabric of everyday life. It means acknowledging the validity and power of people-driven movements as well as recognizing and supporting authentic progressive community leaders. It means focusing on how the party can best serve communities, not the other way around. Most of all, it means persisting with such engagement on an ongoing basis, not just at election time.”

    Party Policies and Programs

    • The party should avidly promote inspiring programs such as single-payer Medicare for all, free public college tuition, economic security, infrastructure and green jobs initiatives, and tackling the climate crisis.

    • While the Democratic Party fights for an agenda to benefit all Americans, the party must develop new policies and strategies for more substantial engagement with people of color — directly addressing realities of their lives that include disproportionately high rates of poverty and ongoing vulnerability to a racist criminal justice system.

    • With its policies and programs, not just its public statements, the Democratic Party must emphasize that “in the real world, the well-being of women is indivisible from their economic circumstances and security.” To truly advance gender equality, the party needs to fight for the economic rights of all women.

    • The Democratic Party should end its neglect of rural voters, a process that must include aligning the party with the interests of farming families and others who live in the countryside rather than with Big Agriculture and monopolies.

    • “While the short-term prospects for meaningful federal action on climate are exceedingly bleak, state-level initiatives are important and attainable. Meanwhile, it’s crucial that the Democratic Party stop confining its climate agenda to inadequate steps that are palatable to Big Oil and mega-players on Wall Street.”

    • “What must now take place includes honest self-reflection and confronting a hard truth: that many view the party as often in service to a rapacious oligarchy and increasingly out of touch with people in its own base.” The Democratic Party should disentangle itself — ideologically and financially — from Wall Street, the military-industrial complex and other corporate interests that put profits ahead of public needs. [Top]

    Full Report - The Democratic Party in Crisis
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    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    kind of weird to do an autopsy on democrats after we just ran the tables in new jersey, virginia, and alabama (and got 3 million more votes for the presidency)

    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    Democrats lost the house, the senate, the presidency, control of more than 1,000 seats throughout the country, state legislatures, and governorships from 2008 to 2016

    Democrats won in NJ, VA, and AL because of Republican failures in policy, not because of Democratic successes in policy

    And unless the party fundamentally changes its message to be more populist left on policy, they might win a few superficial elections establishment Democrats will be able to point to as success stories in the short term, but none of them will last in the long term.

    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    So let's take em point by point;

    • Aggregated data and analysis show that policies, operations and campaign priorities of the national Democratic Party undermined support and turnout from its base in the 2016 general election. Since then, the Democratic leadership has done little to indicate that it is heeding key lessons from the 2016 disaster.

    Policies, operations and campaign priorities did undermine support and turnout from the Democratic base because they chose to support empty rhetoric and platitudes ("Stronger Together!", "Break down the barriers!", etc.) over actual populist policy positions like a living wage or universal college
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    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    really strange to call the democratic party dead after we just won a senate seat in alabama of all places

    but you do you, padaraper

    what kind of $75 per hour job you working nowadays?

    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    • The Democratic National Committee and the party’s congressional leadership remain bent on prioritizing the chase for elusive Republican voters over the Democratic base: especially people of color, young people and working-class voters overall.

    This is another point that can't be understated. Especially while establishment Democrats claim the opposite. Moderates believe having people like Joe Manchin in office is a good thing! Because, at least he's not a Republican..
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    UncleBuck Well-Known Member

    is your argument that you want a republican in joe manchin's seat?

    Fogdog Well-Known Member


    Alternative introduction:

    A completely biased and unflinchingly self serving examination of what an few people want you to think.
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    see4 Well-Known Member

    I feel like showing my purple bulbous. You guys think flapjack mcgee will show her heavy hangers in exchange for my purple flaccid?

    SneekyNinja Well-Known Member

    That's a Box of sticky Tar you don't want to get stuck in.

    BustinScales510 Well-Known Member

    The GOP did an autopsy report after 2012, they ignored everything in it and went on to win in 2016. I don’t know what can be learned from that (if anything) but it’s what happened.
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    dagwood45431 Well-Known Member

    BERNTURDS. Gearing up for another Republican victory. You do the russians proud.

    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    pada there is no party..they're republicans now.
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    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    your dick is not as entertaining as you one cares about your 'feels' or you for that matter.

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    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    don't fool yourself, fool..those were indies. and fuck jill stein she's a whiny, crybaby russian..pssst..jill..put some color in that wig already.

    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    manchin is a republican, fool.
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    dagwood45431 Well-Known Member

    Well, I'm still a Democrat. You, padataper and BTTYK are all russians now.
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    dagwood45431 Well-Known Member

    Again, your misogyny is complete and tragic. You can't help revealing your true colors no matter how hard you try. You really should be in therapy. Deep, deep therapy. By a team of experts. Around the clock. Meticulously recorded and verified. They've probably never seen anyone like you.

    Unclebaldrick Well-Known Member

    A Justice Democrat would have been unopposed.
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