Fear and Loathing at the DCCC: Liner Notes

I have a new column today at The Federalist: “Democrats’ Identity Politics Civil War Expands To Campaign Committee.” This was the assignment that kept yesterday’s Liner Notes short. The story, on which Politico has done yeoman’s (yeoperson’s?) duty was being discussed internally at The Federalist, so I volunteered to do a version for those who had not been following what is otherwise fairly inside baseball.

As usual, there’s always an issue with “breaking news” pieces at an outlet not really built for it. So there’s a graf that’s a little clunky because I was able to add a key staffer’s resignation after I submitted the piece. And after that, Politico reported that “in the next 10 hours, much of the senior staff was out: Jared Smith, the communications director and another Bustos ally; Melissa Miller, a top DCCC communications aide; Molly Ritner, political director; Nick Pancrazio, deputy executive director; and Van Ornelas, the DCCC’s director of diversity. ” Yesterday, they settled all family business.

The latest story also notes: ” A staff turnover of this magnitude seven months into the Democrats’ majority is jarring, and will present Bustos with a set of new challenges. She will be forced to rebuild the committee’s top leadership from scratch in the middle of a presidential campaign that has much of the party’s best talent tied up.” No kidding. It underscores the point of my column: the DCCC’s critics on the left have priorities that are not the same as the DCCC as an institution.

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