Yes, the dems exposed the sausage making process which isn't pretty but at the same time it wasn't as bad as I expected it would be. Having actually read a bunch of the supposedly bad parts I found nothing that wasn't probably the norm in any parties. Politics is a dirty game and always will be... prostitution is a cleaner business.
What cost the Dems is the media coverage and a public not paying a lot of attention. The repeat of the same old nothing "news" was like Pavlov's dog at the wrong time-- the news did damage which was overcome but then it was RERUN again which did almost as much damage all over again. It wasn't legit news, just rumors illegally disclosed and then heavily propagandized