The DNC elected a new Chairman a wile back with promises of changing the organization to be more in touch with the people instead of big money donors. They are even courting Bernie Sanders and his voters, (though cynics say they just covet his huge Email list of supporters and donors.) They have, since the Clinton years ignored any race other than President that wasn't a sure thing or big money election, acting like the money they have collected is coming out of their paychecks instead of being some billionaire's pocket change.
In Kansas last week the Democrat in the race asked the DNC to help with $2,500 for a mailer to spread his name in the special election. They turned him down as a lost cause. He lost by only 7 points in an overwhelmingly Republican district.
In the election for the Georgia Congressional seat yesterday the candidate Jon Ossoff raised 8 million dollars from small donors (like Bernie Sanders) and was leading the whole field of 18. The DNC jumped in at the last minute after the race made the national news but didn't persuade any of the other Democrats running to drop out and endorse Ossoff. Though they did fundraise off the contest.
He missed winning outright with 50% of the vote by 2% and has to face former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel in a runoff in June where he is said to have a 50/50 chance.
There are several more special elections this year to replace Republicans that look like there is a strong chance for a Democrat win.
I am not optimistic that the national DNC will help any of them despite the fact that their whole purpose is supposed to be electing people who unlike the power hungry present day Republican politicians actually listen to everyday people and work to defend their freedom and try to make life a little better for all the people.
I may be a gloomy Gus but I haven't seen any signs that the DNC gets that the massive losses that progressives have experienced since 2000 were a direct result of their incompetence in dealing with the 50 state Republican gerrymandering plan, combate the conservative propaganda machine and the failure to recruit, develop and support viable progressive candidates in all states.
If the DNC doesn't wake up and change, then progressives will either abandon them, or not only lose these special elections, but the 2018 elections as well them and more importantly any progressive gains made in the last 60 years.
Then again, I could be full of shit...