In the weeks before the 2016 political party conventions, Politico Magazine gathered Republican and Democrat insiders for discussions with each group about the future of their respective parties.
From What's a Democrat Anymore?: "[DNC] leadership—along with President Barack Obama—has been accused of letting the party languish at the state and local level, where Republicans are ascendant. Meanwhile, both the Sanders and Trump campaigns exposed severe weaknesses in the Democrats’ ability to appeal to white working-class voters, the same ones who in past elections were key supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Where does the Democratic Party go from here, and what will it look like years from now? Can it win back the white working class? Should the party even try to—or is it better off embracing diversity in a country on its way to being majority-minority?"
From Will Trump Bring the GOP Ruin or Renewal?: "If one thing has become clear from Trump’s primary romp, it’s that the Republican Party as an institution is broken. So can it be fixed? Should it be? The inside-the-Beltway types who met at the Capitol Hill Club—a year to the day after Trump announced his candidacy—were a pretty despondent group; their major debate was not over whether Trump’s candidacy had damaged their party but by how much."