Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Democratic Unity?


The Democratic establishment will soon be appealing to progressives to come together and fight Trump with determined unity. I tend to agree. I hate lesser of two evils choices and tend not to take the bait... but Trump is so beyond the pale that I'm even prepared to recommend that people vote for the worst Democrats running, even right with Democrats who will shit on the Democratic Party's brand and, in the long run, do immense damage to the party and the country-- nightmare candidates like Jeff Van Drew (NJ) and Anthony Brindisi. Trump must be stopped and it it takes electing crap Blue Dogs... in districts where they are the only option, that's what we probably have to do. They were elected in their primaries and that's that.

On the other hand, it's... curious that Pelosi and her gang of political cutthroats see unity as a one-way street. The DCCC and other manifestations of a corrupt and putrid establishment still refuses to get behind the legitimate primary winners who they judge as too progressive. Pelosi and her sick and destructive crew have been belittling and attacking Alexandria Ocasio Cortez since she won her compelling victory against Wall Street puppet Joe Crowley 15,897 (57.48%) to 11,761 (42.52%). Rahm Emanuel protégée Tammy Duckworth belittled Ocasio's tremendous feat by saying her progressive platform couldn't win in the (white) Midwest, forgetting, apparently, that Ocasio's platform was essentially the Bernie Sanders platform which did win in the (white) Midwest, outright in Wisconsin (56.6% to 43.1), Minnesota (61.6% to 38.4%), Michigan (49.5 to 48.3%), Indiana (52.5% to 47.5%), West Virginia (51.4% to 35.8%) and North Dakota ( 64.2% to 25.6%).

As far as Pelosi, she called bitterly Ocasio's stupendous win an "outlier" and has refused to allow the DCCC she controls to endorse swing district primary winners running on progressive platforms-- particularly Kara Eastman (NE), Jess King (PA) and Dana Balter (NY). That's the heart of the one-way street mentality that loses the DCCC so many winnable races. She expects progressives to hold their noses and vote for crap candidates the establishment helped win primaries for, while she continues to sabotage candidates who won primaries against failed establishment candidates. Really sucks. Worse yet, the Berniecrat candidate for governor of Maryland, former NAACP president Ben Jealous , won his primary and continues to be undermined by establishment Democrats as former Democratic official keep endorsing Republican incumbent Larry Hogan, including former Maryland Democratic Party chairman Nate Landow, ex-Lt Gov Mickey Steinberg, ex-Speaker Clay Mitchell, ex-DNC Treasurer Scott Pastrick, retired federal judge Alex Williams and ex-House Majority Whip Bill Cox.

Goal ThermometerBlue America has revived the popular Act Blue page, Abandoned by the DCCC, that is devoted to congressional candidates who won their primaries and then shunned by the DCCC. Not included on the page are Democrats like Ocasio who are in solid blue districts, just Democrats who fit the Red-to-Blue standards but who have been left off the red-to-blue page which many contributors consider the green light to donate to candidates. Please consider contributing to these candidates, who probably need your help more than any other Democrats. They are running in tough districts and the DCCC is not helping them, while helping more conservative primary winners who won their primaries since these candidates won.

In the past couple of days, Becca Rast, campaign manager for Jess King, noted in her Twitter feed, that "Jess is demonstrating everyday that leading with values and honesty is what moves independents and Republicans, not running to the "center" with policy. Voters, regardless of party, are looking to vote for somebody who will fight for them." This flies right in the face of the DCCC, which has no interest whatsoever in values and honesty and insist candidates run to the center-- or right-of-center. One of the comments under the tweet validated Becca's perspective from an older man in the district who wrote that he hopes Jess know she stands a chance "I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Republican and I support Jess. Finding Lloyd Smucker is like Where's Waldo." In a second tweet, she noted that "every single @JessForCongress town hall this week so far has been DOUBLE or TRIPLE the size of our last event in that town. This is momentum. People are fired up and ready to thrown down for a candidate whois ready to stand up for the people! And in a third tweet, she addressed the argument over Alexandria Ocasio directly.
Don't think @Ocasio2018 is having an impact in red districts? A a Lancaster town hall, Jess just gave a shout out to her people-powered campaign and the audience exploded in clapping. People are FED UP by politicians in both parties who side with Wall Street.
Pelosi and the Old Guard should start paying attention, before it's too late.

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

Pelosi, scummer and the rest of the democrap oligarchy will miss the $100 mil or so that Crowley would have whored from corporations in their superpacs. Crowley will probably end up as DNC chair and is almost guaranteed a spot as a superdelegate, if he isn't one already.

Aside from that, when will you wake the fuck up about the P A R T Y? You will not ever achieve anything at all by keeping these corrupt shitheads in power. Just keep in mind that since 1981 the Rs have veered all the way into Nazi territory and the democraps have stayed just a skosh to their left all the way.

With all that 'lesser evilism' and 'hoping and praying', how's your strategy worked out over the last 37 years anyway?? One might expect that some day you'd figger this shit out.

I suppose not.

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before you get rid of Trump by electing less evil republ....uh I mean Dems; perhaps ask yourself whether Trump's evilness is good for us in the long run. Does Ocasio-Cortez get elected if "Hillary the Lessor" beat Trump? Is big Dick Cheney less evil than Trump and therefore should be voted for to stop Trump? As long as lesser evilism enables the DNC addiction problem...the corporate junkie'$$ behavior will keep the country from addressing it's problems. De Nile is long long river-==>

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous ap215 said...

Not interested dem establishment.

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Party is serious about wanting progressive support, then a change of leadership is MANDATORY. I see no reason to support Blue Dogs and New Dems who will only do what Republicans do with power, which is to screw anyone not a corporatist or wealthy.

I DO have someplace I can go!

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

11:44, the only way trump is 'good' in the long run is if the left yanks their heads out of their sphincters. But they STILL have to stop electing democraps, even ones like Stache and Ocasio.

Even if Pelosi and scummer and the rest could be REPLACED with clones of ocasio, you still have the DNC, superdelegates and a whole host of state parties that are not touched and need to go. You have entrenched rivers of bribery that simply find other places to flow. You have a legacy of cowardice with roots from city councils on up to the capital.

But we already know, by our recent history, that cowardice, betrayals, corruption, ineffectiveness and lies does not earn any kind of voter backlash. 2006-2009 and Bernie's ratfucking showed us that. The P A R T Y didn't learn from 2010 (2016 proved that) and voters NEVER learn anything (everything since 1981 proves that).

I have someplace else I've been going also. Unless 64million of the rest of us go there too, it's over. Doesn't matter which democraps win or lose. We all lose.

BTW: Calls for "unity" is the last gasp of a dead and ossified P A R T Y when they got nothing else they can use. When your tribe is shit, everyone knows it is shit, it'll always be shit, you still need to stick with your tribe? no fucking way.

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree this call to unity is a mark of desperation. They remain imperious, demanding that which they should be earning. We will know when they change, and whether the changes are sincere. Until then, the Party elites can wander about the wilderness, wailing, gnashing their teeth, and rending their fancy garments.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:13 The great Chairman Mao once said/plagarized " A thousand mile journey starts with a single step." Forget about the parties as they're all just a coalescence of people around ideas/ideals. The ideas are what counts.

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My turn to plagiarize Mao: Power emanates from the gun which extorts the barrel of oil.

The "democrats" refuse to see that if the Party had a platform people could support, the money will come. But then, Bernie WAS the enemy to keeping those fat corporate campaign contributions flowing like Alberta Tar Sands.

There can be no unity as long as "democrats" suck on the corporate teat.

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are just rewarding the Democratic establishment for treachery against the progressives if you vote for these amoral corporatists anyway. Progressives will always be ground under if they cave in the general election.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger samuel glover said...

Yeah, I'll be knocking on doors for Dems who I *know* are worthless empty suits, simply because the Republicans are in every sense a genuine menace to society. But after November, there'd better be a wholesale purge of Dem "leadership". If they don't get tossed in primaries, they're such dinosaurs that we can hope they'll literally die off. Can't be soon enough.


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