Thursday, May 19, 2016

Koch Brothers Prepare To Go To War Against Democrats, While Schumer, Reid And Wasserman Schultz Go To War Against Progressives


So what are the Democrats doing while the Koch brothers ready a $30 million Senate war-chest for August and September targeting races in Florida, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania? If you're on the DSCC mailing list you know they are asking for contributions on a daily basis. But if you get your Senate campaign news from that list what you don't know is that they've been deploying whatever money they can get their hands on to smear and destroy progressive Democrats. If you contributed to the DSCC, regardless of what the e-mail you were responding to said, your money went to knock Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Senate race because he refused to kiss Chuck Schumer's ass. (The Democrats don't put it that graphically and just claim he is too independent-minded for what they have in mind.)

And what they had in mind included spending $1,797,025 to push their weak and pathetic candidate who probably can't beat Toomey, Katie McGinty, into the nomination. The conservaDem women's group, EMILY's List, put in another $1,750,447, primarily an especially ugly and untruthful smear campaign against Joe Sestak, a former Admiral who served the country in war-time and didn't deserve the treatment from the vicious, bloodthirsty beasts at EMILY's List, who have long taken special pleasure destroying progressive men. Schumer and Reid also recruited the lobbyist-run but nice-sounding Environmental Defense Fund to spend another $395,320 against Sestak. So that was about $4,000,000 in outside cash poured into Pennsylvania to help a weak Democrat get the nomination to oppose the GOP incumbent. Now the Democrats have one prayer to win the seat: a Trump meltdown dragging down the whole ticket. Short of that, the DSCC just reelected Pat Toomey for another six year term. Did you help them?

Next on the crooked establishment's hit list is Florida, where Schumer has been helping Wall Street stooge Patrick Murphy, an "ex"-Republican and member of the conservative New Dems, rake in immense amounts of special interest money, especially from Wall Street. In fact, getting privileged Patrick into the Senate is the #1 priority of the banksters this cycle. He's gotten money campaign loot from the Finance Sector than any non-incumbent running this year-- $1,105,850, so far. He's also the second biggest recipient on Pay Day Lender money of anyone running for the Senate this year, beaten out only by Richard Shelby, the current chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. And privileged Patrick is involved in all kinds of campaign finance scams that have already sent Rep. Ami Bera's father to prison and one that is so outrageous that even a crook like Harry Reid, sent $100,000 back to one of privileged Patrick's closest friends, Saudi national Ibrahim Al-Rashid, that he gave Reid to spend on the Murphy election bid. Another $100,000 grand to the Murphy family's own Patrick PAC hasn't been returned, even though Al-Rashid was convicted of brutally beating his wife, who was also Patrick's campaign finance director.

Reid and Schumer are so desperate to follow Wall Street's orders-- to "balance out" Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders with corrupt shills like Patrick Murphy, that it was pretty shocking to see Reid give back the $100,000. After all, Reid has been sending out letters to right-wing, pro-Wall Street donors telling that that he is openly trying to destroy Grayson's career. "I will be blunt. I want Alan Grayson to lose," he wrote Monday, in an e-mail with the subject line, "I want Grayson it lose." He then sites a bunch of charges Schumer made up about Cayman Islands hedge funds as "proof" that Grayson is should't be in the Senate. As Noam Chomsky has explained, today's Democratic Party is now the party of moderate Republicans. Writing for Salon, Alexandra Rosenmann explained Chomsky's point, basically that "the majority of Democrats have shifted to the right so far that the two-party system is almost unrecognizable." Instead of a party of the right representing business interests and a party of the left representing the interests of working families, we now have a neo-fascist Republican Party representing the End Times-- "a radical insurgency that doesn’t care about fact, doesn’t care about argument, doesn’t want to participate in politics, and is simply off the spectrum"-- and a right-of-center Democratic Party representing business and professionals, also the subject of Thomas Frank's new book, Listen Liberal-- What Ever Happened To The Party of the People?

Chomsky: "There used to be a quip that the United States was a one-party state with a business party that had two factions: the Democrats and Republicans-- and that used to be pretty accurate, but it’s not anymore. The U.S. is still a two-party state, but there’s only one faction, and it’s not Democrats, it’s moderate Republicans. Today’s Democrats have shifted to the right." The Wall Street-owned New Dems are a dominant force in the House and the Progressive Caucus has dissipated whatever power it once had and has make itself next to meaningless, its members sincerely devoted to public policy but unable to exercise any effective or meaningful power whatsoever-- basically uninterested in that kind of grubbiness and leaving it to the corrupt conservatives instead, who have been only to happy to fill the void.

That's why electing smart and tough young progressives like Tim Canova (FL-23), Zephyr Teachout (NY-19), Alex Law (NJ-01), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) is so very important, something that could make all the difference in the world-- in a way that electing a bunch of hacks from the DCCC's Red to Blue list will do nothing put seal the fate of the Democratic Party as the moderate Republican party. Can you step up?
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At 10:40 AM, Blogger Bob In Portland said...

This morning Rasmussen has Trump over Clinton nationally by five points, FOX has Trump over Clinton by 3 points.

The lifeless DNC shuffles on like a zombie.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I disagree with your characterization of both Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty. I don't think Sestak is the progressive champion you make him out to be, nor do I think McGinty is the moderate Republican posing as a Democrat that you make her out to be, even though I am no fan of many of her supporters. I voted for McGinty because I didn't think there was any way that Sestak was going to beat Pat Toomey. She may not either, but I still think it was worth a shot.


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