Sunday, June 10, 2018

No Need To Wonder How The DNC Will Help Their Status Quo Establishment Candidate In 2020


Who do you think the DNC had in mind when they passed this rule on Friday? The new rule requires all Democratic presidential candidates to be a member of the Democratic Party. Becoming a member of the corrupt and flaccid party is something Bernie has always avoided when he was running for the House and later the Senate. He's always caucused with the Democrats. At first they used to run their shitty conservative candidates against him but eventually Vermont Howard Dean got them to stop doing them and the party has backed him ever since. He also helped the party, even endorsing and campaigning for Hillary Clinton after her allies in the DNC-- Wasserman Schultz and the rest of the garbage there-- were shown to be breaking the party rules by working against him in the primaries.

“At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat,” the rule says. “Each candidate pursuing the Democratic nomination shall affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee that they: A. are a member of the Democratic Party; B. will accept the Democratic nomination; and C. will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.”

The rule seems like a clear response to Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate but has steadfastly maintained his status as an independent. Sanders ran to the left of Clinton and identifies himself as a “democratic socialist.”

During the 2016 primary, Clinton and her supporters regularly criticized Sanders for his lack of an official affiliation with the party. After an unexpectedly close race, Sanders ultimately lost to Clinton. His base of support included younger voters and independents, whom many Democrats see as vital to the party if it hopes to avoid a repeat of its defeat to Trump in 2016. Many Sanders supporters angrily felt the DNC stacked the deck in Clinton’s favor, a perception that was amplified by hacked emails from party leaders that were published by Wikileaks in the lead-up to the party’s 2016 convention.

In the wake of Clinton’s loss to Trump, the party assembled a unity commission with members appointed by both Clinton and Sanders. The Sanders wing focused on recommendations designed to open up the party’s nominating process and make it more inclusive to what Sanders termed “the working people and young people of our country.” One of the commission’s proposals that was particularly important to Sanders was the elimination of the unelected Democratic superdelegates who are able to vote for a nominee regardless of who won the race in their home state. Sanders and many of his supporters viewed these superdelegates as a way for the Democratic Party establishment to control the nominating process irrespective of the will of the party’s voters.

How about this for a 2020 ticket?

With Sanders’s independent status and push for inclusivity, the new rule change would seem to be a slap in the face and a potential roadblock should the Vermont senator decide to mount another presidential run in 2020. However, Sanders allies do not believe he would be affected by the measure thanks to a unique rule in his home state.

Sanders, who is currently running for reelection, typically runs in the state’s Democratic primary but declines the party’s nomination after winning. The move allows him to fend off Democratic challengers in the state while still running as an independent. Last month, the Vermont Democratic Party passed a resolution supporting this strategy and proclaiming that Sanders would still be considered a member of the party “for all purposes and entitled to all the rights and privileges that come with such membership at the state and federal level.” That membership could inoculate him against the DNC’s rules change.
Goal ThermometerEven today you see the worst on the brain-dead conservative Hillbots on Twitter attacking Bernie for not being a Democrat and going out of their ways toantagonize his supporters. Lately, corporate Democrats have been rallying around Joe Biden, whose Senate record is exactly what conservative Democrats love-- status quo, pro-Wall Street, pro-Big Business, pro-Military Industrial Complex... good, ole, lesser of two evils Republican-lite. And if Biden decides he doesn't want to run again, there's always Kirsten Gillibrand or Cory Booker, each of whom is trying desperately hard to remake themselves as "Berniecrats." If you actually do want the genuine thing, please consider contributing to Bernie's campaign by tapping on the Blue America "Bernie Sanders 2020" thermometer on the right.

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At 7:34 PM, Blogger edmondo said...

Sanders should announce tomorrow morning that - since the Democrats will not allow him to run for their nomination - he is running as an independent in 2020.

The DNC would shit a gold brick.

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still not sold on Sanders 2020. He's great on policy, but age is a legitimate issue. He's spent hundreds of millions to establish a national profile, there are national donor and organizational networks. Those count for something. However, he's going to still face a ton of intraparty resistance from party lobbyists and some hard-core Clintonites. There's going to be resistance from parts of the liberal media (e.g. NY Times and Washington Post, MSNBC), which have influence in Democratic primaries. Opponents in both the GOP and Dem parties have also had 4 years to develop their lines of attack. Sanders has built his base within the party's elected leadership since 2016, and there are probably more people who would back him now than in 2016. However, I don't think he's put together enough wins in Dem primaries in 2018 to overcome some of the intraparty obstacles.

Elizabeth Warren doesn't have the same national volunteer networks, but she's younger, has more goodwill within the party. Also, I think there's going to be a lot of commitment within a large part of the base to having a woman elected in 2020. I think she might have an easier path through the primary system.

A Bernie-Warren ticket has some virtues in terms of policy commitments and coherence, but I don't think it necessary would work in terms of coalition building. Bernie and Warren don't have identical appeal, but both pull from significantly overlapping bases. The VP pick wouldn't necessarily have to be a concession to the Wall Street wing, but it would still be necessary to bolster labor support and/or to expand the youth vote. Not sure who that alternate pick. Would be curious to hear your thoughts on someone like Ruben Gallego. At least from what I've read he sounds like a solid progressive, and the speeches that I've seen suggest that he would be a real asset on the campaign trail. Someone like Sherrod Brown is a mixed bag -- good on some policy areas, not so much in others. As a VP he would probably cost the Dems a Senate seat, but he would also bolster a Dem ticket in the upper midwest and help to solidify support from organized labor.

At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also have issues regarding Sanders running again. But if he does so as an independent, he will get my vote, and fuck the Democrats.

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you actually do want the genuine thing, please consider contributing to Bernie's campaign..."

Your whole piece tells how the democraps are going to disallow Bernie from even running in primaries again. Your call to contribute, then, must imply that you want him to run as an independent. interesting...
And this after you have steadfastly refused to support independent candidates and third parties.

Honestly, I don't know what to make of you. Thank gawd, from your perspective, that most americans, even on the left, are dumber than shit. Otherwise they'd see the naked hypocrisy here.

And you expected the DNC to sit still and simply lather/rinse/repeat the ratfucking they did in '16??? They're refining their methods of primary fraud. Next they'll increase the number of superdelegates so they can avoid another 1968 and 2016 and try to appear like the left party.

If Bernie runs as an I in 2020, he'll not get Elizabeth for his veep -- she's never going to leave the party that pays for her campaigns. And Bernie will WISH he had run as an I in '16 to have set up a lot of the networks he'd need to have matured in 2020.

No... Bernie isn't a revolutionary at all. He proved that. He'll stay on his knees for the 'craps and won't even run in 2020. The 'craps will try to pass off gillibrand or another corrupt black guy in 2020. And they'll lose. And they'll deserve to lose.

And... DWT and American voters will still not figure it out.

At 2:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Running Sanders might be the only way the Democrats could defeat Trump. But if Sanders got the nomination you can be sure the Democratic establishment will look for a way to kneecap him. They'd rather have a "traitor" as President than someone who will actually fight for the working class.

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They'd rather lose the presidency and at least one chamber so they don't have to actually govern as a fascist-right party, which would further (as in ONE MORE TIME) prove to the imbeciles on the left that they are NOT a party that will ever represent their interests.

each time they repeat that betrayal, 15 million voters will leave for good. Once they are deemed unelectable by the money that owns them, that money will disappear.

It's the money disappearing, not the destruction of the nation nor the ratfucking (genocide even) of the people, that they fear.

At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:14 / 9:34, The most absurd scenario is one where Sanders runs for the presidency as an independent. This is very unlikely given his past comments (and given the constraints of the U.S. political system). As far as Warren goes, the majority of the money over her career has come from small donors. She and Sanders have both given the party leadership headaches. The leadership is limited in what it can do, in part because she has her own donor networks. She isn't reliant on the party's corporate donor base.

At 7:38 AM, Blogger mainstreeter said...

Both parties need to crash and burn unfortunately before we have real change.

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

Real change will come before the parties crash and burn - Climate Change.

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

disagree 10:10. We're going to see a Nazi coup before the climate has enough time to wipe out humankind. If it looks like trump will lose in 2020, there will be some faked attack followed by martial law and suspension of all democracy.
Nobody will give a shit and trump will finally don his military attire and carry a riding crop. He'll set up ivanka or fredo as his successor. Fredo might be murdered by a sibling. Lots of journalists and anyone else who speaks up will die of polonium and nerve agent poisoning. Camps will be built.
We'll sign a common defense pact with putin. It'll be awesome.

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know that the rest of the world will allow your scenario to happen, 3:07.They remain able to do many things which trump won't like,

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:57 all I can say is the world also was able to do many things to thwart Hitler between '28 and '38... but they refused. Instead of thwarting, people like Chamberlain actually aided and abetted him.

trump has putin. does he really need anyone else? Just in case, he may have Kim... and Duterte for comic relief. Think NATO can do dick without American troops and arms? Even China will avoid war hoping that the west just collapses under its debt.

Name one world leader who will stand up.


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