Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The Next Generation Of Democratic Congressional Leadership-- Even Worse Than The Current Batch Of Losers


The Democrats' Wall Street bagman, Joe Crowley

I don’t know if Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) is a rising star in Congress, but if I had to bet, I’d bet yes. He has good instincts and natural leadership abilities. Yesterday, The Hill ran a piece on their perspective— the lowest common denominator establishment perspective— on 7 congressional rising stars among House Democrats. It was an especially motley crew outside of Gallego. Without drama, I would call the list a death knell for the Democratic Party.

I asked one well-respected Democratic congressman what he thought of the list. He snorted and told me in confidence, after reading the piece in disgust, “Those are the slugs who qualify as rising stars! Except for Gallego, the only liberal listed, who is viewed by leadership as a troublemaker. It speaks volumes that Barbara Lee, a champion and a hero, lost out [in a recent leadership election] to a nobody like Sanchez, whose only qualification is that she would never challenge Crowley in any leadership race.”

Ah, yes… Crowley, the Democratic Party boss of Queens— a man who has never had a serious election battle and who runs the Wall Street-owned New Dem caucus and is probably among the half dozen most corrupt members of one of the most corrupt institutions on Planet Earth, the stinking sewer known as the U.S. Congress. The journalism student clueless imbecile who wrote the piece may or may not have ever heard the name Joe Crowley before— there’s nothing in the brief description that indicates she had— notes that he had been “a shoo-in to become new the Democratic caucus chairman when colleagues started urging him to mount a challenge to Pelosi. The 54-year-old Queens congressman is popular among fellow Democrats and is a prolific fundraiser.” Yes, now pdf she had only emphasized that connection a little she would have been on to something. Crowley has taken $6,124,239 in legalistic bribes from the Finance Sector. The banksters love Crowley and Crowley loves the banksters. The only current members of the House who have gorged themselves on more Wall Street bribery are 4 Republicans (Paul Ryan, Jeb Hensarling, Ed Royce and Pat Tiberi.) Crowley is uniquely corrupt among House Dems. And he buys influence with his colleagues— that’s what The Hill means by “popular among fellow Democrats.” One senior Democrat told me that “If you’re new in the House and you want to tap into dirty Wall Street money, you go to Crowley… He makes the connections… He’s like a crime boss.” The only Democrats who even come close are corrupt conservatives Steny Hoyer, who has taken $5,932,348 and Jim Himes, the new New Dem chieftain, who has gobbled up $5,530,977.

The other insights into Crowley by The Hill are that he “passed on running for minority leader this time [but that] serving as caucus chairman will give him a high-profile role crafting House Democrats’ strategy during the Trump administration” and that “if Pelosi, Hoyer or Clyburn move on in the coming years, Crowley would be well-positioned to offer himself as a next-generation leader with years of messaging experience.” Another lame conservative Democrat with lame, conservative FAILED messaging… like Steve Israel.

By the way, in the current cycle alone, the Wall Street banksters 4 favorite crooked Democrats were:
Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ, a Hoyer protegee)- $1,056,190
Crowley (New Dem-NY)- $1,049,573
Jim Himes (New Dem-CT)- $967,700
Sean Patrick Maloney (New Dem-NY)- $921,218
OK so what about the rest of the rising stars? Here’s the sad list— each rated with his or her Progressive Punch lifetime crucial vote score:
Tim Ryan (OH)- 78.09 (F)
Joe Crowley (NY)- 85.47 (C)
Linda Sanchez (CA)- 95.48 (A)
Cheri Bustos (IL)- 48.56 (F)
Eric Swalwell (CA)- 80.59 (D)
Ruben Gallego (AZ)- 91.67 (A)
Tulsi Gabbard (HI)- 73.75 (F)
Pretty sad lot. Why not actual thinkers and legislators like Ted Lieu (CA), Mark Pocan (WI), Judy Chu (CA) and Matt Cartwright (PA)? And the promising freshmen like Nanette Barragan (CA), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Jamie Raskin (MD) and Ruben Kihuen (NV), who judging by their pre-congressional records of accomplishment will be the engines of a better progressive future than that the same old garbage dragging the Democratic Party deeper into perdition.

One of the savviest Democratic political operatives, having read The Hill story, said a bunch of unprintable stuff and then summed it up thusly: “If Tim Ryan and Eric Swalwell are the closest things to rising stars, Barron Trump may end up being president after daddy. There wasn’t a word in that story that indicated any of these people had an idea between them or the leadership skills it would take to lead someone out of a burning building… Interesting how they didn’t even mention that Bustos is a Blue Dog who votes with the Republicans on their crap as much as she votes with the Democrats. They should use her as the poster child for what’s wrong with the Democratic Party, not what’s promising about its future.”

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At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely. And after 30 years of this corruption and betrayal, isn't it time for a goddamn divorce?

Each leadershit slate seems either a little or a lot worse than the last. Each new crop of promising frosh somehow don't last for long. The odds of gaining tenure are proportional to how corrupted one becomes (Patty Murray!).

Isn't it obvious by the election of Jayapal, for one, that voters WANT progressives?
Isn't it obvious by the DxCC's refusal to support progressive candidates that the Democrap PARTY wants nothing to do with progressives?

Kill the Democrap party. Let a real left party (NOT center or center left; as the nation veers right, the center moves right also) fill the vacuum.
If that ever happens, any doubt that the Warrens, Sanders and Jayapals will join them?

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous ap215 said...

Those progressive candidates have a huge & bright future ahead in the House i'm so glad they're sworn in & i hope we continue to build on that best of luck to them.


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