We rightfully went high this past cycle; but when they went low there was no bedrock to greet them. By winning 3 million more votes nationally than the President, we have a clear mandate from the majority of Americans to mount a powerful resistance to his administration, to fight injustice.
To do this, the Democratic Party needs to be a constant presence in communities across America -- not just a force that descends every few years at election time.
President Obama’s leadership pulled us back from the brink of an economic crisis and put us on the road to recovery. As we celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the last eight years, we must also acknowledge that the DNC has been neglected. As you know all too well, this neglect hurt well before we lost the 2016 presidential election. Republicans have taken control of state legislatures; won an incredible number of gubernatorial, secretary of state, and attorney general races; garnered control of the U.S. House of Representatives; and now have a majority in the U.S. Senate.
There is no question that the Party’s brand was hurt in 2016: by Russian operatives, by WikiLeaks, from within, and even by our allies. We begin 2017 with a real opportunity to rebrand and more effectively communicate what we stand for; but this process has to start with real conversations and real engagement at the local and state level. The real solutions will come from the grassroots up -- not from DC.