Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Stronger And More progressive Democratic Party In Rahm's Chicago? Sure, Why Not?


One of the hardest and most thankless tasks in electoral politics is primarying an entrenched incumbent of one's own party. No matter how corrupt and awful the incumbent, the party establishment always rallies round the colleague and heaps abuse on the challenger. When they overcome the odds and win, these challengers are among the most courageous and heroic members of Congress, as Matt Cartwright (PA), Hilda Solis (CA) and Donna Edwards (MD) have been after they challenged and beat corrupt conservative Democrats who had gone bad.

Today there's a race like that shaping up in a blue Chicagoland district (IL-03)-- Hillary beat Trump there 55.2% to 39.9%-- between execrable far right Blue Dog Dan Lipinski and a constituent who has had enough of him, Marie Newman.

Lipinski, who inherited his seat from his father without most voters even knowing his father had retired, is an anti-Choice fanatic who voted against the Afforable Care Act and has been one of the only "Democrats" in Congress to consistently support Ryan's toxic agenda. Medicare-For-All? Dan Lipinski is one of the Blue Dogs standing in the way of it becoming Democratic Party policy. Marie is running on a platform that emphasizes it. "Health care is a right and shouldn't be dependent on how much money you make," she told us when we talked to her about her campaign."I support Medicare-for-All because every American deserves high-quality health care. As Republicans work to dismantle the little progress we've made towards health care for all, my opponent sits silent... in fact, voting against the ACA. We should be moving forward, not backwards when it comes to health care for all Americans."

In 12 years as a Chicagoland congressman, Lipinski is still a Tennessean at heart and has been completely detached from his constituency. Once every two years, he claims to be there for working class voters, but his voting record shows he's done nothing for them and has no understanding of who they are and what they need. He's the ultimate careerist and for him, politics is all about what he can get, not what he can do for his district's residents.

Marie told us that "Working families must be Congress's number one priority. It's time for a set of common-sense policy solutions to ease the burden on middle-class families. That means increasing the minimum wage to a livable wage, making child care more affordable, and improving the quality of education-- from Pre-K to community college... Small business, not big corporations, must once again become the focus of Congress. 80% of the economy in my district is small business, and those small business owners deserve an advocate in Congress. I'm ready to fight for policies like closing tax loopholes exploited by big business, improve access to capital for entrepreneurs-- especially women and minorities. By enabling local institutions like community banks and enhancing entrepreneurship programs in community colleges and training centers, we can empower the next generation of small business owners."

Lipinski is part of an antediluvian machine and seeks only to please his donors. Marie comes from a very different place. "We all know money in politics has gotten out of control, and I've had the opportunity to witness is firsthand: my opponent gets 70% of his donations from special interests. It's time to reverse the corrosive effects Citizens United has had on our political system and limit the power of corporations in influencing our elections. To practice what I preach, I'm refusing to take any money from corporations."

Goal ThermometerLast week, Lipinski sat down for an interview with Ted Slowik, a respected local journalist with the Daily Southtown. Although Slowik pointed out that the vast majority of Americans-- 89%, in a recent Gallup poll-- consider using birth control to be morally acceptable, Lipinski is so out of touch, that he believes birth control is "intrsincally evil." He's entitled to believe whatever he wants, of course, but the problems is that his ghastly voting record reflects those beliefs. Isn't it about time Democrats in the third district elect someone who represents them? This guy is a DINO in two ways: a Democrat in name only and a real dinosaur! Please join Blue America in supporting Marie Newman's campaign by tapping on the Blue America "Primary A Blue Dog" thermometer on the right.

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At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Marie wins, will Pelosi et al suddenly come to jesus and start ratfucking their big donors in favor of the working constituencies?

No. Of course they won't.

And Pelosi et al decide what bills to write, how to write them and what does and does not get voted on (if the democraps get a majority).

So if Marie wins... To What End?


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