“We’re looking to identify our mistakes.” Notice how Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is the only top Democrat to admit there’s “a problem” with getting beat by Republicans with a 12% approval rating?
Republicans shut down the government, led the least productive House in history, were the kings of the fillibuster and showed close to zero work product for two years yet the Democrats STILL couldn’t capitalize.
While Rep. Wasserman Schultz admits a need to identify “mistakes” and that Democrats “fell short” other top Demcrats in key leadership positions have admitted nothing. DCCC Chair Steve Israel (D-NY) says it was outside money and that “we did everything we could.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is bragging about how much money she can raise while losing 74 seats in three cycles. President Obama also admitted nothing in terms of “mistakes” and made a vague mention to “hearing” the 2/3rds of voters who didn’t bother to show up.
To quote Dr. Phil: You can’t fix what you don’t acknowledge. At least one top Democrat is acknowledging there was a miscalculation and a need for a review. What’s funny: Of all of those involved Wasserman Schultz is probably the least guilty party. Where is Guy Cecil to explain what just happened? Why didn’t the $60 million Bannoack Street Project work? Where is Sen. Michael Bennet? How could DCCC rasie $174 million — a record amount — and have few wins to show for it?
Wasserman Schultz’s call for a top to bottom hard look at “what went wrong” is long overdue. At least one top Democrat should have said this on Wednesday. She is now the ONLY top Democrat to acknowledge the huge failure that was November 4, 2014.
The full DNC release and the video are below.
DNC Announces Election Review with Video from Chair Wasserman Schultz
Washington, DC – Today the DNC announced a top-to-bottom review of the 2014 election. In the coming weeks, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will appoint leading Democratic Party organizers, activists and strategists to review what happened in 2014 and what the party needs to improve in coming midterm elections. The Democratic Party has failed to translate success in presidential years to midterms and off years.
Wasserman Schultz announced the new effort in a video for supporters, saying in part:
“We know we’re right on the issues. The American people believe in the causes we’re fighting for. But the electoral success we have when our presidential nominee is able to make the case to the country as a whole, doesn’t translate in other elections. “That’s why we lost in 2010, and it’s why we lost on Tuesday. We’ve got to do better.
“So that’s why, we’re going to kick off an effort at the DNC to do a top-to-bottom assessment of how we can do better in future midterm elections like these.
“We are going to look at where we fell short. We’re going to identify our mistakes. And we’re going to talk to the smartest people in our party and the most dedicated Democrats in the country to build on what we’ve done that works and find solutions for things that are broken.”
Wasserman Schultz will appoint a committee in the coming weeks with a goal of releasing the report at the DNC’s winter meeting early next year.