Monday, April 24, 2017

Democratic Unity-- By Backing Anti-Choice Assholes For Elected Office? No Way

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Nancy Pelosi was one of Chuck Todd's guests on Meet the Press yesterday and he asked her "what should unify the Democratic Party? What should make somebody a Democrat?... Can you be a Democrat and win the support of the Democratic Party if you're [an anti-Choice asshole]?" He wanted to know if it was OK for the party to support an anti-Choice candidate, in this case Heath Mello, who's running for mayor of Omaha. Bernie is backing Mello and many progressive women's groups are furious. Pelosi, said "Of course. I have served many years in Congress with members who have not shared my very positive-- my family would say aggressive-- position on promoting a woman's right to choose... Our values unify us." And then she elucidated mostly Berniecrat values-- "our commitment to America's working families," "job creation," "budget policies that invest in the future, good paying jobs..." But not Choice; when did that stop being a value that unifies Democratic elected officials. How doddering and senile has Pelosi become?

I wish Todd would have asked her how she'd feel about some old Southern Democratic Party racists coming back into the party and running for office. Or someone spewing hatred towards the LGBT community. Where does she draw the line? Apparently women's Choice is on the other side of the line.

Being anti-Choice (or racist or anti-gay, etc) is an automatic instant disqualification for being endorsed by Blue America. But being anti-Choice doesn't disqualify you from being embraced by Pelosi's House Majority PAC or by her woefully failed and despised DCCC. Think about that the next time the DCCC hits you up with one of their wretched e-mails for a contribution. There's every chance in the world that some of whatever you give them will go to some anti-Choice asshole running for Congress as a "Democrat." The DCCC has been very aggressive for over a decade in undercutting and sabotaging progressive candidates and favoring conservatives from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, especially New Dems and Blue Dogs. Last cycle, for example the DCCC spent $2,680,676 and Pelosi's House Majority PAC spent $741,041 on former Republican Nebraska legislator Brad Ashford, now an arch-conservative Blue Dog. Similarly, the DCCC spent $2,547,108 and Pelosi spent $495,267 on Ami Bera's reelection campaign, not just for a right-wing New Dem, but for one of Congress' most overtly corrupt members who allowed his elderly father to take the fall for his own criminal activities and get locked up in prison. This is a horrible disgusting man who pollutes the Democratic Party brand every time he shows up on the floor of the House. Both Ashford, who lost, and Bera who won (barely) have grades of "F" from ProgressivePunch. This cycle-- so since Pelosi spent over $3 million saving his worthless hide-- Bera has wracked up, in a strong Democratic district, a 14.29 crucial vote score, second worst among House Democrats other than Kyrsten Sinema's 7.14 and tied with Garbagecrat Dan Lipinski (Blue Dog-IL), a virulently anti-Choice fake Democrat.

Goal Thermometer If the DCCC begs you for money to save Choice from the horrible Republicans, it is impossible that some of that money won't go to fake Democrats who vote with the Republicans to outlaw Choice. Solution: never give to the DCCC; only contribute directly to carefully vetted candidates who really do embody progressive values (including Choice), like the ones at the 2018 ActBlue congressional thermometer on the right. You're not going to find anyone like Heath Mello, Dan Lipinski, Ami Bera, Kyrsten Sinema or Brad Ashford on any Blue America pages, just actual progressives. In fact, we back primary candidates against Democrats like that-- and we already have two for the 2108 cycle-- and expect more.

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4 Comments:

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The poor showing of the Demcorrupts in recent elections has damaged the brand with Big Money. They are trying to re-establish their corporatist bona fides to demonstrate that Bernie was a fluke and the Party remains committed to imposing wage slavery and house arrest on all of the people who have no money.

 
At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe scummer (mis)calculated (again) that instead of winning college-educated white republicans, they can win some of their stupid hateful voters instead.

An aside: How can anyone watch Pelosi self-contradict in a single sentence again and again and still be emotionally attached to the party she pretty much runs? Factor in her total success in corrupting the party of FDR for the past 40 years, their consistent electoral and legislative failures and their continual lurches rightward.

After a few femtoseconds of thought, how can ANYONE not realize that the entire so-called party needs to die? BA, how?

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Mary Carson said...

I would feel better about Mello criticism if you acknowledged the local Dem & pro choice support for him. They worked with him to get the ultrasound abortion bill passed in opposition to a much worse bill. They are pleased with him, national commenters won't address this. To me that's a mistake.
BTW, how important is a mayor in abortion access compared to a VP.
For most of these Hillary dead enders this is another shot at Sanders.

 
At 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should not be surprised at this.

The democraps have been doing their goose-stepping rightward since 1980.
They are now totally corrupt and owned by corporate and billionaire interests, which they now serve with near total fidelity.
They haven't been loyal to labor for 2 decades. Openly hostile to it since 2010.
They are now trying to own the misogyny demographic.
How long before they embrace racism and nativism? If the money thinks it'll get them elected to serve their interests... any day now.

Also, we should not be surprised at Sanders. He's been the democraps chief apologist in the press for decades as the party has veered right. He's been part of the problem for a very long time.

 

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