Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wouldn't You Just LOVE A Democratic Party You Could Be Proud Of?


David Feldman interviewed me yesterday for his radio show and he threw me for a loop with one of the questions that suddenly popped up out of nowhere. He wanted to know, basically, if millionaires should be driven out of the Democratic Party. I can understand why he asked me, inasmuch as I sometimes go on and on about how the DCCC is always undermining working class candidates in favor of wealthy self-funders. But that's an entirely different proposition from kicking any class of people out of the party. The Democratic Party is out of balance at this point. The congressional delegation does't have nearly enough representatives from the working class or even middle class-- it's filled with self-propagating multi-millionaires who are overly sensitive to the issues of their own class rather than the issues of their own constituents. We need more union men and women in Congress and we should force those responsible-- primarily Pelosi, Hoyer, Crowley and that clown Lujan-- to fix that and stop drafting wealthy, unqualified lottery winners for nominations in key districts.

Writing about the failings of Democratic Party leadership for The Observer Monday, Michael Sainato, noted that the DNC is massively in debt and unable to raise money under the corporatist-friendly hacks placed in charge of it again. Not even the corporatist-Democrats are happy with the dumpster-fire Tom Perez is presiding over
Not approving of the strategies laid out at a retreat for donors in January 2017, billionaires Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman started their own political organization, Win the Future. As donors are increasingly tired of seeing their investments go to waste, many have started their own funds or used their access to take over leadership positions themselves-- such as Florida billionaire donor Stephen Bittel did to become the Florida Democratic Party chair earlier this year. Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker is running for governor of Illinois, and billionaire Tom Steyer is debating running for governor of California. Haim Saban and James Simons poured millions into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but they have yet to be listed by the FEC as DNC donors in 2017. Additionally, George Soros has only given $33,900 to the DNC in 2017, but he poured millions of dollars into the Democratic Party in 2016.

Democratic voters have so far refused to fill the fundraising void left by the party’s corporate and wealthy donors. Tom Perez is a painful reminder that the Democratic establishment has suppressed reforms that would prove to voters that the party is prioritizing their interests. Democratic leadership subverted pro-Sanders DNC chair candidate Congressman Keith Ellison’s candidacy, ignored demands to ban superdelegates, and failed to re-enact the ban on lobbyist and PAC donations that Debbie Wasserman Schultz lifted to enable Hillary Clinton to keep up with Sen. Bernie Sanders’ fundraising. Perez’s Unity Tour with Bernie Sanders backfired; he was met with boos at several of the tour’s stops and supporters showed up in favor of Sanders-- not the DNC.

Every opportunity for reform has been shut down by leadership, and Clinton campaign officials have been rewarded with leadership positions in the party or cushy mainstream media gigs. Facing calls for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step down, top Democrats have made excuses for her unpopularity and the fact that Democratic congressional candidates lose when opponents say the candidate is her ally. Perez gave Keith Ellison a fabricated position as deputy DNC chair, which Ellison has used to try to manufacture party unity while the party’s establishment remains in power. In May 2017, former Emily’s List Executive Director and Clinton supporter Jess O’Connell was appointed to DNC CEO. Even though former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile left resigned in embarrassment after leaked emails revealed she violated the DNC Charter to help the Clinton campaign, she has remained on the organization’s payroll and the DNC sent out two separate fundraising emails from her in July.

Instead of acknowledging that reform is needed to change the direction of the party, Democratic leadership is doubling down on failed strategies and rallying behind unpopular, failing leadership. The DNC has tried to enthuse its supporters with marketing campaigns and slogans, but its efforts have fallen short.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are prepping to unveil “a better deal” economic agenda to show voters that Democrats have a more robust plan than Republicans.

However, Politico reported that several Democratic congressmen are opting to focus on their own message because they no longer trust leadership’s ability to connect with voters. These congressmen were proven right last week when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled four new slogans, all of which were tone deaf and failed to inspire support among voters. Instead, they were more of the same anti-Trump rhetoric but with a hint of condescension.
As we mentioned yesterday, Ro Khanna, a freshman from Northern California, has shown himself immeasurably more serious about policy than House Democratic leaders. Come what he says about healthcare with the garbled and incoherent DCCC messaging that seeks to tread carefully enough to protect reactionary Blue Dogs and New Dems from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. Khanna:
"When Republicans mislead voters into thinking that a single payer health care system costs $32 trillion, Democrats must point out that our current system already costs $49 trillion.  A single payer system would actually save Americans $17 trillion. A single-payer system reduces administrative costs and will lower drug prices and hospital costs through bargaining. Ultimately, a single payer system would help reduce our deficit and ease the burden on both businesses and middle class families.

"For decades, the GOP has made economic arguments regarding health care and Democrats have made moral arguments.  But we shouldn't be afraid to make the economic case. Expanding health care through single payer isn't just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do. Let's not let the GOP get away with fake math, Democrats must point out that a single payer system is fiscally responsible."
As Sainato pointed out, "The DNC has failed to salvage its reputation after former Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned in disgrace for rigging the Democratic presidential primaries. The DNC needs a drastic overhaul to recoup its losses. The party needs to stop relying on Trump’s ineptitude and develop clear messaging of its own. Unfortunately, the current Democratic leadership isn’t capable of mitigating failure in this respect." Couldn't have said it better myself.

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At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is GREAT FUCKING news. It would appear that natural selection is further along in the extinction of the democrap party than I thought.

I was wondering how long the corporations and billionaires would support a party that relentlessly ratfucks their voters and pukes up pigshit candidates that lose.

Well, if voters are too stupid to stop voting for fascism, warmongering, corruption and indifference/hostility to their issues, perhaps denial of funding must be the method of extinction. Good for them.

NOW, DWT et al, isn't it time we start thinking about what comes next, who needs to be involved and what form it needs to take?? DWT?? Can we finally start this process??

What say you?

At 6:20 AM, Anonymous ap215 said...

Check this out we won two seats in Oklahoma.

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly, after over 40 years of hearing "Maybe next election", I remain seriously skeptical that the Democrats can do anything but lick Republican boots.

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"NOW, DWT et al, isn't it time we start thinking about what comes next, who needs to be involved and what form it needs to take?? DWT?? Can we finally start this process??"

How presumptuous! What comes next is the oligarchy that America has been heading toward since 1972. Process? Does this imply that you think there is still meaningful democracy?

We're screwed, and things will get a lot worse before there is any possibility of getting better.

At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am wondering with the lack of any reform, the same old guard in charge, with no new ideas to excite or inspire the Democratic base, just what is Bernie Sanders waiting for before he issues demands for real change or else he bolts for a new party. He has kept his Independent status as he travels the country keeping his progressive base and his message intact. He remains the most popular national politician in the country and his ally Nina Turner has just assumed the leadership of Our Revolution that was formed out of his primary campaign. Turner recently made some positive sounds about Bernie heading up a new Peoples Party. So will the establishment Dems take the hint and start making some real progressive changes to how the party is organized and run? I doubt it. So progressives need to prepare for Bernie to bolt and take most of the the millennial generation with him. It may be painful (at least at first), but it may also be the only way to advance a progressive agenda in this country.

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ap215, IT'S FUCKING OKLAHOMA, after all. Contain your enthusiasm.

9:15, I cannot say you are wrong. But we must at least try. If it's too late, we're no worse off for trying.

10:46, you pose the $64K question. I have an answer.
Bernie turtled after the convention when he had millions behind him and hundreds of pundits and the like exhorting him to take the whole thing independent and run as a 3rd. There was even reporting that Jill Stein made an offer to be the head of the Green ticket, though it was somewhat ambiguously refuted later.
But he didn't. He endorsed and campaigned (most would say half-heartedly) for the anti-Bernie who had defrauded him of his nomination.

And now he's doing a national anti-drumpfdeath tour. Why? To what end? And, who's paying for it?

I can only presume that he's still indebted to the DNC, scummer, Pelosi et al and is repaying that debt with his pretense of being a democrap.
The democraps get to capitalize on his being one of maybe 5 who are actually liked everywhere and who voters genuinely respond to.
Bernie gets to keep his seniority position in the caucus and whatever committee assignments he likes. The media Bernie moratorium hasn't started yet. And maybe he gets DNC money for his next campaign for Senate along with no D opponent.

And I'd wager the DNC or DSCC is paying for his tour hoping he can catalyze some more D votes in '18 and '20.

Why doesn't he tell the democraps to go fuck themselves, as he should, and take his "movement" independent? Well, same reason he didn't tell them and do that last September... whatever that reason is.

At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Addendum to 6:15: It now appears as if Bernie is planning a 2020 run. Evidently, he may be keeping his options open with the democraps and their blood money to help him. It's disgusting, but it makes sense.

If true, it means Bernie really *IS* part of the problem and not part of the solution.


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