How Democrats will rebuild after losing hundreds of seats nationwide

California Attorney General Harris speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Policy Conference in WashingtonThe dazzling roster of speakers at this week’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia covered over a worrying development for the party: It has atrophied in significant ways since Barack Obama’s meteoric rise to the presidency in 2008. In the past eight years, Democrats have lost 13 Senate seats, 69 House seats, 11 governors, and more than 900 state legislator seats – and with them, important training grounds for rising stars. The blame lies in part with the leadership of the Democratic National Committee, laid bare by the WikiLeaks scandal.

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