The Democratic Party declined to do an independent analysis of what went wrong in 2016, preferring instead to keep their same leadership and operatives in place while trying to satisfy their progressive base and their donor base. A non-aggression pact that many progressives claim favors the donor base.
Recently a non party sanctioned task force drafted and released it’s own “autopsy” The task force was led by journalist and media critic Norman Solomon, a Democratic convention delegate in 2008 and 2016 (and a former Oregonian); Karen Bernal, the Progressive Caucus chair of the California State Democratic Party; Pia Gallegos, a longtime civil-rights lawyer and activist in New Mexico; and Sam McCann, a New York–based communications specialist focused on issues of international justice.
Here is now The Nation described the report.
This “Autopsy,” … is a text for rebellion and a rough suggestion of what a born-again Democratic Party might look like. This is the heart of its indictment: “The mainstream Democratic story line of victims without victimizers lacks both plausibility and passion. The idea that the Democrats can somehow convince Wall Street to work on behalf of Main Street through mild chiding, rather than acting as Main Street’s champion against the wealthy, no longer resonates. We live in a time of unrest and justified cynicism toward those in power; Democrats will not win if they continue to bring a wonk knife to a populist gun fight.”
The authors are clearly seeking a straightforward repudiation of the governing strategy on economic issues by the last two Democratic presidents. Neither Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama attempted to challenge corporate and financial interests, and neither did nearly enough to address the lost jobs and wages that led to deteriorating affluence and fed popular cynicism and distrust. Obama, for example, gratuitously appointed General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to the White House Jobs Council—an odd choice, given that Immelt’s company was a notorious pioneer in offshoring American jobs to foreign nations. Immelt subsequently admitted that he was motivated by GE’s bottom line: American wages were too high, he explained, so he intended to lower them. He succeeded.
Occupy Wall Street has ebbed. Perhaps it will arise again. But this time as Occupy the Democratic Party.
The Autopsy report: