News Release

Autopsy on Democrats: One Year Later


Advance excerpts published today by The Nation unveil a new assessment of the Democratic Party’s progress during the year since release of a scathing Autopsy titled “The Democratic Party in Crisis.”

Produced by the same task force of researchers, the new report — “Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later” — “evaluates how well the Democratic Party has done in charting a new course since the autumn of 2017.” The document rates developments in each of the seven categories that the original Autopsy assessed — corporate power, race, young people, voter participation, social movements, war and party democracy.

The new report says that “the upsurge of progressive activism and electoral victories during the last year has created momentum that could lead to historic breakthroughs in the midterm elections and far beyond.” But the report concludes that the party is still major steps away from becoming a political force capable of ending Republican rule and implementing vital progressive reforms.

The Nation has posted advance excerpts of the new report here.

Today, emailed information about the new report to the group’s 1.2 million active supporters online in the U.S. The new report and the original Autopsy were supported by Action for a Progressive Future, which sponsors RootsAction.

The following co-authors of “Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later” are available for interviews:

JEFF COHEN, jcohen at
Cohen is founder of the media watch group FAIR and co-founder of

DONNA SMITH, donna at
Smith is former executive director and current national advisory board chair of Progressive Democrats of America.