After Tuesday trouncing, Democratic chairman orders “top-to-bottom” review

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, February 23, 2012.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, February 23, 2012. EL Nuevo Herald

Embattled Democrats will conduct an intense, thorough review of the party’s failures in Tuesday’s election, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Saturday.

She said the “top-to- bottom review” would involve “the smartest people in our party.” They will include Democratic Party organizers, activists and strategists to review what happened in 2014 and how the party can improve in midterm elections.

In short, a party statement said, “The Democratic Party has failed to translate success in presidential years to midterms and off years.”

The party lost at least seven Senate and 12 House of Representatives seats in Tuesday’s election. Republicans will control both Houses of Congress next year for the first time in eight years.

Wasserman Schultz announced the new review in a video, saying, “We know we’re right on the issues. The American people believe in the causes we’re fighting for. But the electoral success we have when our presidential nominee is able to make the case to the country as a whole, doesn’t translate in other elections.

“That’s why we lost in 2010, and it’s why we lost on Tuesday. We’ve got to do better.

“So that’s why, we’re going to kick off an effort at the DNC to do a top-to-bottom assessment of how we can do better in future midterm elections like these.”

The report would be due at the party’s winter meeting early in 2015.

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