Wednesday, September 09, 2015

This Is What Happens When DC Insiders Recruit Wretched Conservatives To Run As Democrats


Even a low-level Mafia thug like "Mikey Suits" Grimm was able to beat Blue Dog Mike McMahon, who consistently voted against Democratic Party values

Do you remember when Chris Van Hollen's DCCC recruited conservative Democrat Mike McMahon to run for the Staten Island congressional seat after incumbent Republican Vito Fossella was discovered to have two families, one in NY and one in Virginia? McMahon beat Republican Robert Staniere 61-33%, promptly joined the Blue Dogs, voted with the GOP almost all the time-- including against the Affordable Care Act-- and made sure no Democratic base voters would be interested in voting for him again. Two years later, the GOP ran a low-level Mafia crook, Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm, who was able to beat McMahon while Democratic voters sat on their hands. Thanks, Chris Van Hollen (and Chuck Schumer, who had also pushed McMahon as a nice, safe DINO).

This is what happens when the Democratic Party recruits conservatives who don't share the values and principles of Democratic voters. It happens all the time when party bosses like Schumer, Van Hollen, Rahm Emanuel and Steve Israel think they know better than the voters.

Today McMahon is competing-- as a Democrat-- against Republican Joan Illuzzi for the Conservative Party endorsement in the Staten Island district attorney race. He may actually win it too; after all; he is a conservative and backs the conservative agenda.

Now let's head down South to Louisiana, the ancestral home of McMahon's disgusting Blue Dogs. Mary Landrieu was a right-wing Democratic senator who finally pissed off enough Democratic voters that she lost her seat in 2014 to actual Republican Bill Cassidy. She often voted with the Republicans on crucial matters-- more than almost any other Senate Democrat, especially when it came to anything to do with her campaign donors at Big Oil (like the Keystone XL Pipeline). She voted to confirm corporate whore John Roberts to the Supreme Court, voted for wire-tapping US citizens without court orders and opposed minimum wage increases and opposed the public option in the Affordable Care Act, which she explained by saying, "When people hear 'public option' they hear 'free health care'. Everybody wants free health care. Everybody wants health care they don't have to pay for." In 2012 National Journal named her the 47th most conservative member of the Senate.

After the voters of Louisiana tossed her out, she took a job as a lobbyist with one of DC's slimiest lobbying firms, Van Ness Feldman, and more recently she worked with Joe Lieberman to influence Democratic senators to vote against the Iran nuclear deal. She's on the board of Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, a front group for AIPAC and a bunch of warmongers who want to attack Iran. Landrieu and her pals-- slimy right-wing Dems like Lieberman, Evan Bayh and Shelley Berkley-- are part of the operation spending $20 million in deceitful TV ads about the Iran deal, like this one:

Meanwhile, Landrieu announced that she has $146,261 left in her campaign war chest and will hand it out to help some of her former colleagues running for reelection. "I can use that money," she said, "to help other Democratic candidates that helped Louisiana and that continue to be in a position to help Louisiana." Really? She tried persuading Ron Wyden (D-OR) to vote against the Iran deal, and failed-- he announced yesterday he's voting for it. But among the "Democratic candidates" she says she'll give money to are Republican incumbents Rob Portman (OH) and Susan Collins (ME).

This is exactly what happens when conservative careerist insiders in DC call the shots for the Democratic Party. They recruit right-wing candidates like Landrieu, McMahon, Blanche Lincoln, Heath Shuler, etc., and sell Democratic voters a bill of goods. When the voters figure it out-- once the reprobates start voting-- they stay home on Election Day and the Republicans win the seat. Landrieu, McMahon, Lincoln and Shuler were all replaced by actual Republicans-- instead of by Republicans calling themselves Democrats.

Today the DSCC-- under the thumb of Schumer and his puppet Tester-- is doing the exact same thing in Florida, where they are smearing the good name of progressive icon Alan Grayson to get their Wall Street shill, "ex"-Republican Patrick Murphy, into the seat, and the DCCC is doing the same thing by recruiting countless conservatives and even "ex"-Republicans like the execrable Monica Vernon (IA-01) and Mike Derrick (NY-21), while they undermine and sabotage solid progressives everywhere-- like these.

It's time to say NO to Chuck Schumer, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Steve Israel at the ballot box. Don't vote for the Republicans and right-wing Democrats they are recruiting. Lesser-of-two-evils is not a good enough reason to throw the Democratic Party to the dogs.

UPDATE: Progressive Dem Wins In Oklahoma

This week, Steve Israel's, Rahm Emanuel's and Chuck Schumer's anti-progressive theory of candidate recruitment was proven wrong again. In a deep red Oklahoma legislative district once held by now-Governor Mary Fallin, right-wing Republican Chip Carter was defeated by progressive Democrat Cyndi Munson 53.7-46.3%. It's a district that hasn't been in Democratic hands in living memory. And Munson is no Republican-lite Blue Dog-type preferred as "electable" by the DCCC, DSCC and DNC. Cyndi campaigned on a platform that included LGBT equality, women's Choice and repealing a tax cut for the rich that will take effect on January 1. Carter had been endorsed by Fallin and Senators Inhofe and Lankford and had massively outspent Munson. Beltway Democratic insiders need to rethink their recruitment strategies at the DCCC and DSCC immediately and stop pushing right-wing fake Democrats like Patrick Murphy (FL) and Monica Vernon (IA).

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At 6:54 AM, Anonymous ap215 said...

Wow that's huge congratulations Cyndi!

At 8:24 AM, Anonymous bkmn said...

After three losing election cycles why is Steve Israel anywhere near the leadership of the Democratic party? Thanks for this great write-up about the way Blue Dogs love to stab the rest of the party in the back.


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