I actually came across a independent media covering this thread's topic.
They actually partly blamed Obama for this. Lets see if I can summarize this 35 minute thing quickly...
- When Obama took office in 2008 he gutted the DNC and diverted funding to the database/program he had staffers build that helped him win election.
- Obama basically discarded the previous DNC Chair Howard Dean's 50-state-strategy in favour of this (Howard Dean was arguing they needed to focus on the state-level races too. Hard to say he was wrong based on where things are with the state races and how states are being used to experiment with things like TRAP laws).
- Obama managed to install Debbie Wasserman Schults as DNC Chair, who many say was a bad choice. She was chosen because she is good at fundraising, and comes from a rich area in Florida that gives lots of money to the DNC. She is also a Congressperson and many in the DNC have argued even if she wasn't a poor head they need someone who can commit to being DNC chair full-time.
- Between the DNC dealing with the debt of BHO and HRC running in 2008, BHO in 2012, they do not have a robust of an operation and funding as they should have. And part of back-room dealing between BHO and HRC in 2008 for her full support was not just Secretary of State, but to take care of her campaigning debt. IIRC BHO also made a deal to do fundraiser for the DNC to help with his campaign debt, but it sound like he didn't complete that. My attention started wandering here, insider-baseball and all that...
- VP Joe Biden/JB had actually contemplated running, but BHO convinced him in fall 2015 that is was too late to jump in. BHO did this in order to help HRC. The reason the reporter covering this story mentions this, is that they argue that JB, while an insider, is authentic, and can be a bit folksy, and that he would have been able to talk to people hurting economically in the midwest and perhaps convince them not to jump off the cliff. I am not positive of that, he probably would have been seen as an extension of an admin that has been perceived by those hurting in the midwest to have not done enough. But it certainly would have been a different campaign.
- Lastly, the DNC miscalculated when they thought they could get the white-women vote. No change, and they didn't focus enough on getting out their reliable voters. Radio ads started playing constantly on black radio only 2 days before the election. HRC lost the share of minority votes compared to BHO in 2008 & 2012.
Mostly insider baseball, but it is not good when you have weakened an organization that supports your party, as it looks like BHO has contributed to such happenings with the DNC.
Only one of many components that led to such a dismal showing for HRC against the worst candidate ever.
Edited by sierraleone, 13 November 2016 - 10:11 PM.