After their defeat in 2012, Republicans widely circulated an autopsy report. Democrats are keeping theirs under lock and key.
After a crushing defeat in November, Democrats commissioned Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) to spearhead an investigation into widespread losses for the party, including but not limited to Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.
But unlike Republicans, who published a similar report in 2012, Democrats are “going to extreme lengths to conceal” theirs from the public eye, according to Politico.
Maloney’s presented his report to a “members-only gathering” at the DCCC Thursday night, but they were forbidden from taking copies out of the building.
[M]embers are not allowed to have copies of the report and can only view it under the watchful eyes of DCCC staff.
Some Democratic lawmakers and staffers think the cloak-and-dagger secrecy is overblown and actually makes the findings look worse than they are. But the DCCC is sticking by its strategy.
The irony of Democrats’ secrecy is twofold. First, Republicans had no issue of widely sharing their autopsy report four years ago and ultimately won back the White House the next cycle. According to Politico, the report includes efforts to “modernize its data collection and overhaul its media operation” as well as diversify its pool of consultants – all areas that the GOP autopsy focused on as well.
And second, Democrats’ shortcomings have been laid bare for all to see for months. Keeping their autopsy report secret seems silly, considering all of the public commentary already in circulation. Here are just a few:
The New York Times: Why the Democrats Lost
The Atlantic: Why Hillary Clinton Lost
Politico Magazine: How the Democratic Party Lots Its Way
Washington Post: The decimation of the Democratic Party, visualized
CNBC: Why Clinton lost and the Democrats got blindsided
Salon: How Democrats lost the Rust Belt in 2016
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