I will say this though; If The Dems had used the republican model Hillary would have wrapped the Primaries at the beginning of February. Somewhere here there was posted a chart of the ways the primaries would have played out if they had used this system or that system, and in every case Hillary beat Sanders more heavily than she did with the system they went with. Hell if the Dems had wanted to kill Sanders dead they could just have banned Caucuses. People like Ron Paul and Rand Paul do very well in caucuses, but that does not mean they are actually electable candidates. Besides Sanders fired his CA workers before the CA Primary and pretended he still had a chance, he knew he was done long before he admitted it.
IN any case, Sanders signed off on the Primary system months before they happened. And I'm sorry that people actually want to influence Democratic Primaries without paying the fee to be democrats.
As for the Dems looking forward and dealing with what happened; Its actually happening, and if you pulled your nose out of the Bernie Conspiracy mire you could see it more clearly. I'm going to post this comment I saw today on a DKos diary as it shows HOW the party is actually taking steps to learn and adapt to the lessons learned in 2016.
Its a comment so I don't think 4 para rule applies
https://www.dailykos.com/comments/16971 ... t_67723687
The full article this is a comment on is worth reading too. It talks about what happened on a more general level.ian douglas rushlau Sep 11 · 08:35:30 PM
A lot to digest here, all important. Thank you.
My first quibble (my only quibble for the moment):
I don’t think the party is blind to this, institutionally or otherwise: https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/ ... ting-gainsThere seems to be an institutional blindness to the stacking of the deck here.
There’s also this from someone we all agree is pretty well ensconced in the party hierarchy (from DKos elections):Outmaneuvered and outgunned in 2010, however, the Democrats have assembled an impressive arsenal to fight back: federal lawsuits, a partisan redistricting think tank and a heavy war chest funded by their fired-up donor class and angry grassroots voters. Glimmers of success abound -- including a near-miss in flipping a Georgia congressional district from deep red to bright blue, and a Supreme Court ruling that rejected micro-engineered, race-based districts the GOP drew up in North Carolina.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1 ... ing-effort
And there’s this, from the party itself:Former Attorney General Eric Holder formally launched a new redistricting reform effort backed by key party leaders called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The NDRC aims to deploy an entirely new level of resources to prevent Republicans from obtaining the same systematic advantage in congressional and state legislative redistricting following the 2020 census, which the GOP used after 2010 to lock Democrats out of power in Congress and legislative chambers across the country.
Just as Daily Kos Elections itself has proposed, the NDRC plans a multi-step strategy of targeting critical gubernatorial and state legislative races in order to break Republicans’ grip on key state governments. These plans significantly include waging court challenges and using ballot initiatives to directly reform redistricting laws, both of which have often been badly underfinanced.
Note also the focus on elections at the state level.
I think it’s also important to see this in its historical context; every progressive effort to expand voting has been hampered and obstructed by conservatives for the past 150 years, and over the past 75, by the GOP. It has been unending efforts by the party that has allowed the gains in voting rights we’ve seen up to this point, and we can connect many of the recent setbacks to the election of W. Bush, and with the ramping up of appointments of conservative federal judges, and a DOJ hostile to voting rights. Before that, Reagan had appointed Scalia to the circuit court, and then Scotus.We adopted the boldest and most pro-voter platform in history — calling for expanding early voting and vote-by-mail, implementing universal automatic voter registration and same day voter registration, ending partisan and racial gerrymandering, and making Election Day a national holiday.
We do this by supporting candidates for state secretary of state and state legislative seats who want to expand voting rights. And we do this by supporting efforts in all 50 states to ensure that every eligible citizen can register and vote, and that each vote is accurately counted.
This work is all the more important in the face of a cynical Republican strategy to make it more difficult to ordinary Americans to vote.
In the wake of the Supreme Court gutting a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, 14 states passed or implemented some form of voting restriction. These actions included eliminating same-day registration, reducing early voting, prohibiting out-of-precinct voting, and imposing strict photo ID laws.
During this same time period, however, 37 states passed election laws or regulations expanding access to the ballot box, such as automatic registration, online voter registration, same-day registration, expanding early voting, expanding accepted forms of identification, or improving data through partnerships such as Pew’s ERIC program.
It is important to stop and recognize these achievements because they represent the culmination of years of advocacy and coalition building by our party leaders, elected officials, and core constituents:
Automatic Registration: California, Connecticut, Oregon, West Virginia and Vermont adopted laws automatically registering voters when they get a driver’s license and allowing them to opt-out if they wish. Oregon registered over 250,000 new voters in 2016 and 42% of those who were automatically registered cast a ballot in November 2016. California alone may automatically register up to 7 million citizens – almost the equivalent of all the votes cast in the State of New York in November 2016.
Same-Day Registration: Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Utah, and Vermont passed same-day registration – allowing voters to both register and vote at the same time.
Online Voter Registration: Florida, DC, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania passed online voter registration. As of June 2016, 31 states now offer online voter registration and another 7 have passed laws authorizing online voter registration.
Modernized Motor Voter: California sent voter registration applications to nearly 3.8 million people who had applied for health insurance through the state’s healthcare exchange.
Expanded Early Voting: Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland and Utah all either piloted, introduced or expanded early voting.
Identification Laws: New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Virginia added to the list of acceptable forms of identification when voting or otherwise made their voter ID law less restrictive.
The 2016 election was the first in in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act, and 14 states had brand new voting restrictions put in place for this presidential election. Republicans passed laws eliminating same-day registration, reducing early voting periods, eliminating pre-registration, not counting certain provisional ballots, and imposing a new voter ID law in states like Alabama,, Arizona, Indiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
These laws have a real effect on our election outcomes, and disproportionately affect women, communities of color, young people, the elderly, low-income individuals, and disabled voters, as well as military members and veterans.
We saw this in Wisconsin, where as many as 300,000 voters didn’t have the photo ID that was required to vote. The margin of victory in Wisconsin was only 23,000 votes. We saw this again in North Carolina, where there were 158 fewer early voting locations in 40 counties with large African-American populations — African American turnout in North Carolina was down 16% from 2012.
As Republican politicians try to make it harder to vote, Democrats are working to expand access to the polls. Whether we are hitting the streets to register voters, engaging with local election officials, passing commonsense laws, or taking our fights against discriminatory voting laws to court, we won't stop working to promote a system of elections that is accessible, open, and fair. As Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis says, “the vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument in a democratic society. We must use it.”
As 2016 showed us, like 2000 and 1980 before, elections have consequences.
We can argue about the effectiveness of the Democratic party’s actions, and we can suggest more effective tactics, but we cannot say they are either blind, nor that they are not serious about trying to address gerrymandering and voting restrictions.
It’s sometimes too easy to, as my bubbe would say, kibbitz, when we may not be fully aware of everything that’s been going on.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/9 ... and-Russia