Today, Barack Obama is holding a fundraiser for a party he left in ruins. Dems credit him with…
Deteriorated State Parties:
- MI state chair: “I love President Obama, but he and his administration allowed for the deterioration, the terrible deterioration, of the state parties over the last eight years.” (AP, 1/3/17)
- NE state chair: “[With] all due respect to President Obama, OFA was created as a shadow party because Obama operatives had no faith in state parties…so they created a whole separate organization, they took money away and centralized it in D.C. … I’m sorry, you had eight years to build us a party, but you failed.” (Politico, 2/9/17)
- SC state chair: “[OFA] created a shadow organization that was recruiting the same volunteers [as the DNC], using resources from a very limited number of donors, and therefore, as a result it weakened the DNC and the impact that the DNC and state parties could have on politics during his tenure.” (Politico, 2/9/17)
- Obama is responsible for recruiting Tom Perez to run against Keith Ellison for DNC chair. Team Obama sold Perez as a strong fundraiser and argued the DNC needed a full-time chair. Instead, Perez has been a terrible fundraiser and just took a part-time gig at Brown University.
- Hillary Clinton says she inherited a DNC that “was bankrupt. It was on the verge of insolvency. Its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong. I had to inject money into it.”
Massive Losses Nationwide:
- As Time’s Phil Elliott reports: “Now, eight months into the Trump presidency, the party looks to face its toughest odds since Ronald Reagan won 49 states in 1984. The Democrats are in their deepest congressional rut since the class of 1946 was elected, and hold the fewest governors’ mansions–15–since 1922. Of the 98 partisan legislatures in the U.S., Republicans control 67. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Democrats lost 970 seats in state legislatures, leaving the party’s bench almost bare. The median age of their congressional leadership is 67, and many of the obvious early presidential front runners will be in their 70s by the 2020 election. … 28% of House Democrats hail from states that don't touch the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, down from 37% in 2007.”
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