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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party?

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  • Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?
    • A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up
    • The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

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Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?

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A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.

William Greider, the Nation / Portside

November 1, 2017 | The Democratic Party lost just about everything in 2016, but so far it has offered only evasive regrets and mild apologies. Instead of acknowledging gross failure and astounding errors, the party’s leaders and campaign professionals wallowed in self-pity and righteous indignation. The true villains, they insisted, were the wily Russians and the odious Donald Trump, who together intruded on the sanctity of American democracy and tampered with the election results. Official investigations are now under way.

While the country awaits the verdict, a new and quite provocative critique has emerged from a group of left-leaning activists: They blame the Democratic Party itself for its epic defeat. Their 34-page “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis” reads more like a cold-eyed indictment than a postmortem report. It’s an unemotional dissection of why the Democrats failed so miserably, and it warns that the party must change profoundly or else remain a loser.

William Greider is the Nation’s <> national-affairs correspondent.

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Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up

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The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

Nov 3, 2017 | I will go to my grave convinced that the 2016 Democratic primary process was the single most depressing political event I ever witnessed. The Republicans at least had a thin, bright edge of insanity that kept things from getting utterly tedious. (I never will forget waking up on the morning of the Indiana primary to discover that the president* had tried to pin the Kennedy assassination on Ted Cruz’s father. Most primary days are a dull as dishwater until they start counting the votes. This one wasn’t.) But the Democratic nominating circus was an endless slog that veered between a coronation and a smug, self-righteous quasi-insurgency that quickly developed a paranoid streak a mile wide. This set a perfect stage for the nearly omnipresent Russian ratfcking. The ratfckers didn’t have to create divisions to exploit, they already were there.

And, of course, the hell of it all is that, as the president* screws up, lies his withered hindquarters off, places larval reactionaries on the federal bench, and hands the departments of the government over to the unqualified and the outright loony, this miserable political pissing match is still going on.

Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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