Only the Dims could win a cycle and blame themselves for losing, but our failed political press loves those Democrats in Disarray stories bestest of all.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email is all over this:
AUTOPSY REPORT — House Democrats haven’t begun a formal post-mortem yet. But an informal survey of dozens of Democratic members and aides by Sarah, Heather and Ally revealed that many are coming to similar conclusions on their own.
Moderate Democrats, in particular — who had bad nights from Florida to Iowa — have had a frenzy of calls in the last 24 hours to dissect vote margins, mail-in ballots and messaging.
Here are the top 7 things that Democrats think went wrong leading up to Nov. 3:
[Ed. Note – what Democrats? Elected, campaign workers, local/federal… give us a clue!]
- Underestimated Trump’s popularity in a year he’s on the ballot.
- Failed to answer GOP’s attacks on the “radical” left and socialism, particularly law and order amid a tumultuous year of protests.
In all fairness, the Socialism/Socialist conjuring word worked it’s magicks in Floriduh where the Cuban Americans are in massive numbers. Also, there are a lot of refugees from South America there who have fled from dictators, too. LatinX is too broad a term (as we all know) and encompasses too many contradictory experiences. As one wag on Twitter said, “Imagine if Bernie has won the nomination…”
- Lacked a clear message for Latino voters, focusing solely on turnout rather than persuasion.
- DCCC was bullish on seats that Democrats had little hope of winning, like Arkansas’s 2nd district or North Carolina’s 8th.
- Nixed a coronavirus deal with the GOP when at least some relief may have lifted vulnerable Democrats.
- With Biden’s limited appearances, Pelosi remained the face of the party with a frequent presence on TV throughout stimulus talks.
- DCCC and campaigns had a limited ground game, and it hurt them in some battlegrounds. “The reality in Florida is you cannot win this state on the air,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy said during a BakerHostetler webinar Wednesday. “You have to be on the doors, you have to have a field operation.”
And of course, they are latching onto Nancy Pelosi:
IN THE HOUSE … AT 2 P.M., TODAY, House Democrats will hold their first post-election caucus call. Now, remember: Calls like this are tightly controlled affairs, and Speaker NANCY PELOSI is at the wheel. Of course, there is significant discontent in the Democratic ranks about their miss Tuesday night — they lost seats, instead of gaining the five to 15 they were predicting. But discontent has its way of quickly melting away in the House Democratic Caucus — and PELOSI is a large part of that. There are a few things to know right now:
1) THERE ARE ALREADY MURMURS among some Democrats about delaying the leadership elections to give lawmakers more time to mull over the results. Remember: Speedy leadership elections only benefit the incumbents, who have an organization and the ability to immediately kick it into gear. Slow elections typically allow discontent to foment. That said, PELOSI has shown herself adept at leadership elections no matter when they happen — immediately, or later on.
2) PELOSI — who is widely expected to seek another term as speaker — has already shown a bit of how she’s framing the election. She said in a letter she sent Wednesday night that the election was “challenging,” but Democrats kept the House.
AGAIN, WE DON’T KNOW how angry people are, and who they will hold responsible, but this will be the first organized gathering since Tuesday night, and will go a long way toward setting a tone for the lame duck.
Gonna conclude with this:
Some REAL TALK … from Brendan Buck (@brendanbuck), a former GOP leadership aide: “Such a funny vibe on this website with Democrats in various levels of despair just as we’re likely to see the rare event of an incumbent president being voted out of office.”