One year later, the RNC looks like a completely different version of its former self, but what lessons did our DNC counterparts learn from 2012? Surely, even after a winning election, a Party needs to find ways to improve. In fact, many of our problems as a Party stemmed from our sense of content following a successful 2004 cycle. After that time, the Obama machine built upon the central community-based idea behind our 72-hour program and adapted it to a digital age. While we rested, they worked.
That is where the Democrats are now. Perhaps this is why Organizing for America, the DNC’s Obama-branded, 501(c)(4) doppelganger, took the coveted Obama data systems when it left the DNC and why the Committee has been left bankrupt. Still the DNC has persisted in its recycled playbook of using wedge issues to divide and conquer, which has proven to be a failure in important elections in San Diego and Florida.
We voluntarily revealed our weaknesses one year ago and work every day to earn the American people’s trust that we are a Party for everyone. In doing nothing and relying on strategies of the past, Democrats have involuntarily shown their long-term challenge: that they are a Party with old ideas and without room for dissention or debate. Through the Growth and Opportunity Project, our Party has embraced not only much-needed innovation, but also our differences as Republicans, vibrancy that voters will undoubtedly embrace over the other side’s myopic vision. While our recent challenges have been sobering, we bet big on honesty and bold leadership, which will pay off in short-term success and long-term growth. Poised for a Republican victory, we are hungry for the chance to lead and voters are actively seeking an alternative to the status quo. But in the end, there is nothing America loves more than a good comeback.