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New Op-Ed: Dems Should Look to New England Patriots for Inspiration in 2018

What’s problematic for the DNC is that it’s run more like the Cleveland Browns than the New England Patriots.

The Hill published an op-ed by Alex Smith, the executive director of America Rising PAC, in which Smith suggests that the Democratic Party look at the New England Patriots as an example for how they should rebuild themselves ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Sadly for the Democrats, though, their rebuilding resembles the Cleveland Browns more than the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

“On a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick once said. Smith believes that this quote applies to political parties, writing:

“Ideally, recruiters for a national political party ought to heed Belichick’s advice. A political party should recruit candidates who fit the individual needs of their districts. But, at their core, candidates should share fidelity to a common governing philosophy or set of beliefs.”

However, this isn’t the case for the current Democratic Party according to Smith, who pointed to the divisions that exist within the Democratic Party between progressives and establishment Democrats.

Smith also pointed out how Democrats have struggled in fundraising compared to Republicans saying, “the anemic numbers demonstrate that progressive donors are disgruntled by the disastrous 2016 primary process.”

Smith concluded:

“The Democrats might have found some better players, but larger structural problems remain. The whole franchise — donors, activists, elected officials and candidates — have yet to agree on a strategy and message. And without cooperation, their season will be a bust.”