Washington DC (Sputnik) – “DNC data folks: today’s accusations are f**king bullsh*t,” the Democratic Party’s former chief statistician remarked following Hillary Clinton’s charges that the data she was provided by the party was either “nonexistent” or “wrong.”
First Democrats blamed nefarious Russian spies and hacking. On Wednesday, a new thread was added to the narrative: Clinton blamed the Democrats’ data operations for her loss, despite receiving one of most sophisticated voter tracking databases in the history of politics, according to political strategists.
The Obama data team was rightfully lauded as groundbreaking. The '16 DNC data operation built on that effort, standing on their shoulders.
Speaking at the 2017 Code Conference on Wednesday, the former candidate described the party’s data tactics as “poor,” “nonexistent” and “wrong.” How “nonexistent” data could also be “wrong” is a bit confusing. Either way, what she said was false, campaign staffers argued.
Fwiw, the data operation Clinton "inherited" was the most robust data operation the DNC has ever seen, including during the Obama re-elect.
“Private mode be damned, this is too important,” former Director of Data Science Andrew Therriault began in a tweet responding to Clinton’s slur. “I’m not willing to let my people be thrown under the bus without a fight.”
The “irony of her bashing our data: *our* models never had” Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania “looking even close to safe … her team thought they knew better,” he said.
Therriault later deleted the tweets, including one in which he said it would have been difficult to raise as much cash as Clinton did without using the DNC as a “laundering vehicle.”
Clinton sought to mirror the practices of former US President Barack Obama’s two successful campaigns, which relied on precise targeting and outreach in swing states like Ohio, “like Obama 3.0, you know.”
One more: Clinton literally inherited some of the most talented/dedicated staffers I've seen, who moved from the DNC to Brooklyn after June.