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- August 25, 2015

Welcome To The Annual Meeting Of The Party Plagued By Infighting And Historic Losses … Your Democratic National Committee

Beginning Tomorrow, Democrat Presidential Contenders, "Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, And Lincoln Chafee," Will Attend The DNC's Summer Meeting In Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Amid signs that he is seriously contemplating a 2016 run, Vice President Joe Biden declined an offer from the Democratic National Committee to join the party's five declared presidential candidates in addressing the committee's members at its summer meeting in Minneapolis this week. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee will be at the DNC's Thursday-through-Saturday confab, but Biden - who is meeting with close aides and reaching out to potential allies, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as he weighs his options - chose not to take advantage of the open invitation that comes with his job." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Joe Biden to skip DNC meeting amid 2016 buzz," Politico, 8/23/15)

DESPITE PROMISES IT WOULD BE RELEASED IN MAY, THE LONG-AWAITED DNC AUTOPSY REMAINS OUTSTANDING

The Washington Post Headline: "The Democratic Party's Autopsy Is Largely Useless." (Chris Cillizza, "The Democratic Party's Autopsy Is Largely Useless. Except For This One Point." The Washington Post , 2/23/15)

The DNC's Autopsy "Is Largely Political Pablum." "The DNC's document is largely political pablum. Here's a sample: 'We are and will always be the party of the people. And we believe that economic and political wellbeing goes hand-in-hand.' Um, okay." (Chris Cillizza, "The Democratic Party's Autopsy Is Largely Useless. Except For This One Point." The Washington Post , 2/23/15)

The DNC's Autopsy Was Characterized As "Skin-Deep (At Best)." "Traditionally, Democrats -- and, in particular, the party's major donors -- have not been terribly good at either a) seeing the big/long-term political picture or b) getting excited about downballot races. (Republicans, on the other hand, have been brilliant at both.) So, while the DNC's autopsy is skin-deep (at best), it does contain advice that the party should listen to. It probably won't. But it should." (Chris Cillizza, "The Democratic Party's Autopsy Is Largely Useless. Except For This One Point." The Washington Post , 2/23/15)

The Autopsy Was "A Breezy Nine Pages," However, It Was Said To Be A Preliminary Report. "While the RNC's autopsy was 102 pages, the DNC's document is a breezy nine pages, including the content-free front and back covers. (This is evidently a 'preliminary' report. It's not clear if a more comprehensive document is on the way later in the year.)" (Steve Benen, "DNC 'Autopsy' Looks Ahead Following Last Year's Defeats," MSNBC, 2/23/15)

"The Autopsy Was… For Containing Typos, Lacking Substantial Policy Suggestions, And Explicitly Calling For An Improvement Of Party 'Narrative,' A Word That Holds A Negative Connotation For The Democrats' Critics." "The autopsy was criticized online by reporters and Republicans for containing typos, lacking substantial policy suggestions, and explicitly calling for an improvement of party 'narrative,' a word that holds a negative connotation for the Democrats' critics." (Arit John, "Here's What The DNC Thinks Will Help Democrats Win More Elections," Bloomberg, 2/21/15)

The DNC Said It Would Release The Full Report By May 2015. "Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee said it would release its full report on what went wrong for the party in the 2014 elections and what it can do to better perform in future elections by May. It's now July, and that hasn't happened yet. In February, the DNC released a preliminary nine-page report, saying its Democratic Victory Task Force final recommendations would be made public by mid-2015. 'In May of 2015 the Task Force - in partnership with the Democratic National Committee - will release a strategic plan to guide the Party's efforts through the 2022 elections,' the preliminary report said." (Alex Pappas, "Why Hasn't The DNC Released Its Full Autopsy Report Yet?" The Daily Caller, 7/1/15)

  • A DNC Spokesperson Confirmed "That The Full Report Hasn't Been Released Yet, But Didn't Say What Is Holding It Up Or When To Expect It." "On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the DNC confirmed to The Daily Caller that the full report hasn't been released yet, but didn't say what is holding it up or when to expect it." (Alex Pappas, "Why Hasn't The DNC Released Its Full Autopsy Report Yet?" The Daily Caller, 7/1/15)

DEMOCRAT FRONT-RUNNER HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN HAS TRUST ISSUES WITH THE DNC

Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign No Longer Trusts The Democrat National Committee's Leadership. "Hillary Clinton's staff and the Democratic National Committee leadership have been struggling for months to finalize a joint fundraising agreement over a basic problem: the Brooklyn-based campaign doesn't trust the national party structure with the money." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Clinton Puts Tight Grip On DNC Wallet," Politico, 7/5/15)

Clinton's Campaign Has Called For All Funds Be Put Into A "Lockbox" But The DNC Insists On Having The Funds Available Immediately. "The campaign has insisted that any money raised through joint fundraising activities - standard practice for any presidential campaign, even in a primary - be put in what's essentially a lockbox until the general election campaign. The DNC wanted access to all the funds immediately. Baker, who's been negotiating with DNC CEO Amy Dacey, said no." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Clinton Puts Tight Grip On DNC Wallet," Politico, 7/5/15)

Clinton's Campaign Feels That The DNC Is Unorganized And Questions The Leadership Decisions That The Committee Has Made Under Wasserman Schultz. "But years of neglect from the White House - and what's perceived by the campaign as mismanagement by DNC leadership - has left the Clinton camp convinced the organization is nowhere near ready for 2016. That starts at the top: though Wasserman Schultz is looked more kindly on by Clinton herself and her close circle than by President Barack Obama and White House aides, they are wary of some of the decisions made under her leadership, those who know the Clinton campaign say." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Clinton Puts Tight Grip On DNC Wallet," Politico, 7/5/15)

The Clinton Campaign Is Calling For "An Eventual Takeover Of The National Party Structure." "The Clinton campaign's chief administrative officer, Charlie Baker, is serving as the point man to start laying the groundwork for what they expect will be an eventual takeover of the national party structure, according to sources familiar with both DNC and Clinton activity." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Clinton Puts Tight Grip On DNC Wallet," Politico, 7/5/15)

The Clinton Campaign Has Further Disempowered Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz As The Campaign Has Decided To Coordinate With David Brock's Correct The Record Group. "One reason the Clinton friends at opposition research group American Bridge spun off its rapid response unit Correct The Record was so that group could coordinate with - and defend - the Clinton campaign as the DNC would not be able to do until after she wrapped up the nomination. But, say Democrats familiar with the decision making, it was also a way for the front-runner's camp to further empower ally David Brock over Wasserman Schultz." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Clinton Puts Tight Grip On DNC Wallet," Politico, 7/5/15)

DNC CHAIR DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ'S LEADERSHIP HAS LONG BEEN UNDER FIRE

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (DWS) Leadership Has Been Questioned By Those In Her Party And The White House

Politico Headline: "Democrats Turn On Debbie Wasserman Schultz" (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

In 2014, Wasserman Schultz Was "In A Behind-The-Scenes Struggle With The White House, Congressional Democrats And Washington Insiders Who Have Lost Confidence In Her As Both A Unifying Leader And Reliable Party Spokesperson…" "Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

  • "Long-Simmering Doubts About Her Have Reached A Peak After Two Recent Public Flubs: Criticizing The White House's Handling Of The Border Crisis And Comparing The Tea Party To Wife Beaters." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

Critics Believe Wasserman Schultz "Spends More Energy Tending To Her Own Political Ambitions Than Helping Democrats Win." "The perception of critics is that Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

"This Includes Using Meetings With DNC Donors To Solicit Contributions For Her Own PAC And Campaign Committee…And Having DNC-Paid Staff Focus On Her Personal Political Agenda." "This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

  • "She's Become A Liability To The DNC, And Even To Her Own Prospects, Critics Say." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

DWS's Relationship With The Obama Administration Is Fraught With Mistrust

"According To Multiple People Familiar With The President, Obama's Opinion Of Wasserman Schultz Was Sealed Back In 2011." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

Shortly After Becoming DNC Chairwoman, Wasserman Schultz "Pushed Hard For A Meeting With The President That She Kicked Off By Complaining That She Had Been Blocked From Hiring The Daughter Of A Donor…" "Shortly after becoming chairwoman, she pushed hard for a meeting with the president that she kicked off by complaining that she had been blocked from hiring the daughter of a donor - who'd been on staff in her congressional office - as a junior staffer to be the DNC's Jewish community liaison." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

  • "Obama Summed Up His Reaction To Staff Afterward: 'Really?'" (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

"[T]he Obama Team Was So Serious About Replacing" Wasserman Schultz "After 2012 That They Found A Replacement Candidate To Back Before Deciding Against It…" "Meanwhile, the Obama team was so serious about replacing her after 2012 that they found a replacement candidate to back before deciding against it, according to people familiar with those discussions." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

"Obama And Wasserman Schultz Have Rarely Even Talked Since 2011. They Don't Meet About Strategy Or Messaging. They Don't Talk Much On The Phone." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

"Instead, The DNC Chairwoman Stakes Out The President Of The United States At The End Of Photo Lines At Events And Fundraisers." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

  • "'You Need Another Picture, Debbie?' Obama Tends To Say, According To People Who've Been There For The Encounters." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

Wasserman Schultz Has Been Left Out Of White House Strategy Talks About "Life Under A GOP-Controlled House And Senate." "The White House is staring at two years of life under a GOP-controlled House and Senate. The DNC chair, however, isn't involved in the strategy talks with the president. They don't want her there." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

"For Even The Occasional Obama Briefing By The Heads Of The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee And The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, She Is Not Invited." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Politico, 9/21/14)

Wasserman Schultz Has Been Called "Irrelevant" By A Major Dem Donor

Miami Herald Headline: "Major Democratic Donor Bashes DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz" (Marc Caputo, "Major Democratic Donor Bashes DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Miami Herald, 6/6/14)

Democrat Donor John Morgan Called Wasserman Schultz An "Irritant" And "Irrelevant." "Major Democratic donor John Morgan blasted the national party's chair, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as an 'irritant' who is becoming 'irrelevant' after she voiced concerns about a medical marijuana proposal he helped put on Florida's ballot this November." (Marc Caputo, "Major Democratic Donor Bashes DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Miami Herald, 6/6/14)

  • Morgan: "I Know Personally The Most Powerful Players In Washington, D.C. And I Can Tell You That Debbie Wasserman Schultz Isn't Just Disliked. She's Despised. She's An Irritant." "'I know personally the most powerful players in Washington, D.C. And I can tell you that Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't just disliked. She's despised. She's an irritant,' Morgan, an outspoken Orlando trial attorney, told the Miami Herald." (Marc Caputo, "Major Democratic Donor Bashes DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz," Miami Herald, 6/6/14)

DEMOCRATS ARE IN THE "WORST SHAPE SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION" UNDER OBAMA AND DWS

"Barack Obama Will Leave His Party In Its Worst Shape Since The Great Depression-Even If Hillary Wins." (Jeff Greenfield, "Democratic Blues," Politico, 8/20/15)

"No President In Modern Times Has Presided Over So Disastrous A Stretch For His Party, At Almost Every Level Of Politics." "As historians begin to assess Barack Obama's record as president, there's at least one legacy he'll leave that will indeed be historic-but not in the way he would have hoped. Even as Democrats look favorably ahead to the presidential landscape of 2016, the strength in the Electoral College belies huge losses across much of the country. In fact, no president in modern times has presided over so disastrous a stretch for his party, at almost every level of politics." (Jeff Greenfield, "Democratic Blues," Politico, 8/20/15)

By January 2017, The Democrat Party "Will Have Ceded Vast Sections Of The Country To Republicans, And Will Be Left With A Weak Bench Of High-Level Elected Officials." "The party's record over the past six years has made clear that when Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 the Democratic Party will have ceded vast sections of the country to Republicans, and will be left with a weak bench of high-level elected officials." (Jeff Greenfield, "Democratic Blues," Politico, 8/20/15)

"Barack Obama Took Office In 2009 With 60 Democrats In The Senate-Counting Two Independents Who Caucused With The Party-And 257 House Members." (Jeff Greenfield, "Democratic Blues," Politico, 8/20/15)

  • "Today, There Are 46 Members Of The Senate Democratic Caucus, The Worst Showing Since The First Year After The Reagan Landslide." (Jeff Greenfield, "Democratic Blues," Politico, 8/20/15)

DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES NOT NAMED HILLARY CLINTON ARE VOICING FRUSTRATION OVER THE DEBATE SCHEDULE

"The DNC Has Sanctioned Six Debates Before The Iowa Caucus Next Year" And "O'Malley And Sanders Have Both Protested The Limited Number Of Debates This Cycle." " The DNC has sanctioned six debates before the Iowa caucus next year, the same number as in previous election cycles, but mandated that the candidates do not participate in any outside debates. O'Malley and Sanders have both protested the limited number of debates this cycle." (Sam Frizell, "O'Malley Lobbies Sanders For More Debates," TIME, 8/18/15)

"Campaigns Started Griping About The Plan Soon After The Party Committee Announced It Three Months Ago - The Sanders And O'Malley Camps Publicly Said They Wanted More Than Six Debates, While Clinton's Team Initially Lobbied For Even Fewer." (Gabriel Debenedetti and Dylan Byers, "Democrats Set Debate Schedule," Politico, 8/6/15)

Bernie Sanders And Martin O'Malley Have Warned That They May Participate In Non-Sanctioned Debates

Bloomberg Headline: "What If Martin O'Malley Or Bernie Sanders Disobeys The DNC On Debates?" (Arit John, "What If Martin O'Malley Or Bernie Sanders Disobeys The DNC On Debates?" Bloomberg , 8/14/15)

"Senator Bernie Sanders Said He's 'Disappointed' With The Schedule, While Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley Called It 'Unprecedented' And 'Outrageous.'" (Arit John, "What If Martin O'Malley Or Bernie Sanders Disobeys The DNC On Debates?" Bloomberg , 8/14/15)

The Washington Examiner Headline: "O'Malley May Buck DNC, Participate In Non-Sanctioned Debates" (Al Weaver, "O'Malley May Buck DNC, Participate In Non-Sanctioned Debates,"The Washington Examiner , 8/18/15)

O'Malley Warned That He And Fellow Democratic Presidential Candidates "Would 'Probably' Take Part In Debates That Aren't Sanctioned By The Democratic National Committee." "Martin O'Malley warned Tuesday that he and his fellow Democrat candidates for president would 'probably' take part in debates that aren't sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee." (Al Weaver, "O'Malley May Buck DNC, Participate In Non-Sanctioned Debates,"The Washington Examiner , 8/18/15)

O'Malley: "We're Supposed To Be The Democratic Party, Not The Un-Democratic Party." "'We're supposed to be the Democratic Party, not the un-democratic party,' he said." (Al Weaver, "O'Malley May Buck DNC, Participate In Non-Sanctioned Debates,"The Washington Examiner , 8/18/15)

O'Malley: "We Should Be Having More Debates Than The Other Guys, Not Fewer…" O'MALLEY: "We should be having more debates than the other guys, not fewer, because we actually have ideas that will move our country forward. That's what we've done in the past as a party, and that's what we need to do again.'" (Al Weaver, "O'Malley May Buck DNC, Participate In Non-Sanctioned Debates,"The Washington Examiner , 8/18/15)

Democrats Believe The Debate Schedule Gives Clinton An Unfair Advantage

"Experts Say Televised Debates Are Not Clinton's Strong Suit, And That Popular Political Wisdom Suggests Candidates With Her Solid Name Recognition And Position In The Polls Do Not Need To Debate If They Don't Have To." (Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, "Dems Blast DNC For Slim Debate Schedule, Allege Clinton Coddling," Fox News, 8/7/15)

  • Fox News Headline: "Dems Blast DNC For Slim Debate Schedule, Allege Clinton Coddling" (Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, "Dems Blast DNC For Slim Debate Schedule, Allege Clinton Coddling," Fox News, 8/7/15)

Candidate Martin O'Malley "Is Taking His Party To Task For Issuing A Primary Debate Schedule That He Says Clearly Insulates Front Runner Hillary Clinton From Harm On Her Way To A Possible Nomination." "Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is taking his party to task for issuing a primary debate schedule that he says clearly insulates front runner Hillary Clinton from harm on her way to a possible nomination." (Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, "Dems Blast DNC For Slim Debate Schedule, Allege Clinton Coddling," Fox News, 8/7/15)

O'Malley "Told Reporters That The Debate Schedule - Trimmed To Six From More Than 25 In 2008 - Represents A Circling Of Wagons Around Clinton…" "The former governor of Maryland told reporters that the debate schedule - trimmed to six from more than 25 in 2008 - represents a circling of wagons around Clinton, who is clearly ahead of her Democratic challengers." (Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, "Dems Blast DNC For Slim Debate Schedule, Allege Clinton Coddling," Fox News, 8/7/15)

  • "He Is Joined By Fellow Democratic Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders Of Vermont, Who Is Also Calling For More Debates." (Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, "Dems Blast DNC For Slim Debate Schedule, Allege Clinton Coddling,"Fox News, 8/7/15)

O'Malley: "The Campaign For Presidency Should Be About Giving Voters An Opportunity To Hear From Every Candidate And Decide On The Issues, Not Stacking The Deck In Favor Of A Chosen Candidate." "'This is not how democracy works,' O'Malley told supporters in a fundraising letter Thursday. 'It's ridiculous. The campaign for presidency should be about giving voters an opportunity to hear from every candidate and decide on the issues, not stacking the deck in favor of a chosen candidate.'" (Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, "Dems Blast DNC For Slim Debate Schedule, Allege Clinton Coddling," Fox News, 8/7/15)


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