December 12, 2016

HOW DO YOU SOLVE THE 70's GOP PROBLEM?

How the Democratic Party Lost Its Way : During my 20 years in Democratic campaigns, I've seen the party operation decline into an insular and myopic letdown. But I also know how it can recover. (THOMAS MILLS December 10, 2016, Politico)

I've spent 20 years working on political campaigns, and the political organization I encountered in 2016 was an utter disappointment. Back in the '90s when I started out, the DCCC was tasked with contesting as many races as possible and providing staff, training and direction to the campaigns in the field. Today, they're narrowly focused on a small number of highly targeted races. Other campaigns get little attention or support.

Democrats need to be sharper going into the next election cycle. With a 50-plus seat deficit in the House, the party will have to win more than just the most competitive seats. They'll probably need a wave in which they figure out how to win some longshot races. That won't happen unless the party actively recruits good candidates around the country and treats them with respect and encouragement. And it also won't happen unless the party provides campaigns--especially in the toughest districts--with the training, support and infrastructure to create or take advantage of opportunities.

Except that you have tremendous difficulty recruiting great candidates when they know they'll either lose or end up in the permanent minority.  It's why the Reagan babies were so easy to defeat. They weren't good candidates. 

Posted by at December 12, 2016 6:20 AM

  

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