The time has come for a change in leadership at the Democratic National Committee. In light of the 2015 elections I think that there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that it is time for a change. Not because of the number of debates but because of the results. Under current chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the DNC has lost the Senate, many governor ships and a great many state legislative seats.
While the losses cannot be solely attributed to a single person, it is hard to argue with the numbers: Democrats hold complete control of just seven states (Governor and Legislature) while Republicans hold twenty-five. Furthermore, since President Obama’s election some non hundred plus state legislature seats have been lost to the GOP. While certainly some of these losses can be chalked up to bad candidates, state issues and other external forces, as a sum their impact is hard to ignore. And beyond these external forces lies and incredibly important internal force: a lack of a fifty state plan.
Under Governor Howard Dean, the DNC implemented a fifty state plan to be competitive in every state and every race. This made the Democratic party more resilient, powerful and ultimately successful. These success can be seen in the election of 2006 and 2008. Under Wasserman-Scultz this plan has been abandoned to adverse effect.
The DNC now needs to turn to a new leader that will implement a fifty state solution to win back races from school board to Senator and will mobilize a massive get out the vote effort to increase voter participation in every election, especially off-year elections. The time could be no more pressing for this change
In 2016 we are faced with either continuing Democratic control of the White House or a complete dismantling of the legacy of President Obama. At the same time we must tackle climate change, income inequality and even replace some crucial positions on the Supreme Court. And after 2016, in 2020, there will be a census that will determine House seat allocation based on population. The last census year, 2010, was a huge electoral win for the GOP and resulted in gerrymandered Republican districts that created a near-permanent majority in the House for the Republican Party.
The time to act is now. Before the 2016 election we should instill a new leader that can lead the party not just to Presidential wins, but to wins all down the ticket. Though it would be unfair to categorize Wasserman-Schultz’s leadership as a failure, I mean she did reelect President Obama and keep a Democratic Senate in 2012, the time has clearly come for a new leader in the DNC.
Some information and data received from All In with Chris Hayes