November 18, 2015

Democrats 2014 Autopsy Report: We’re Actually Doing Just Fine

Following the Democrats’ historic losses in the 2014 midterm elections, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz pledged to put together a group to find out why the Democrats have continued to lose ground. Finally yesterday, after 7 months of delays, the DNC’s “Democratic Victory Task Force” released their report, and reaction so far has not been good.

MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald: “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.”

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “That long-awaited document — all 18 pages of it! — hit the Internet on Tuesday and, boy, is it underwhelming. If you are looking for the Democratic version of the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” the 100-plus page Republican autopsy report issued after the 2012 election, this ain’t it. The Republican autopsy was deeply critical of the GOP and its positioning with voters. The Democratic version is largely a celebration of Democratic principles. Whereas the GOP autopsy suggested that the party totally reconsider its position on immigration reform for example, the thrust of the Democratic one is that the party should do a better job of coordinating its message. Um, no duh.”

The Associated Press’s Ken Thomas & Lisa Lerer: “Unlike the GOP, the Democratic report largely focuses on improving the party’s ability to communicate its message, rather than changing direction on policy issues.”

The DNC’s substance-free report on the 2014 election makes one thing clear: the party remains out of touch with American voters.