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    Obama Makes It Pretty Clear He Doesn’t Want Keith Ellison To Run The DNC

    *It’s all about his legacy, fuck the future of the party.

    And Democratic leaders in Washington are not happy with the president.
    12/16/2016 05:59 pm ET | Updated 4 hours ago

    WASHINGTON ― If there had been any doubts, President Barack Obama expunged them on Friday afternoon: The outgoing president wants his labor secretary, Thomas Perez, to succeed him as the top figure in the Democratic Party.

    “Tom Perez has been, I believe, one of the best secretaries of labor in our history,” Obama said at his end-of-year press conference. This week, Perez challenged Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) in the race to chair the Democratic National Committee. Obama did not mention Ellison by name in his remarks.

    For weeks, the Obama administration has been the principal holdout in a D.C.-based effort to unite the warring wings of the Democratic Party behind Ellison. The Minnesota liberal was the most prominent Capitol Hill supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the presidential primary, and he has been embraced by establishment Clinton-backers including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), his successor Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and key labor leaders, including American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees President Lee Saunders.



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  • Snort McDork (2677 posts)
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    1. Hey! O'Bummer Dude!

    You’re going into retirement.

    • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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      3. This indicates what his message and efforts will be during the coming new year.

  • Rozinante (3694 posts)
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    2. Correction….

    Wall St told Obama to say he didn’t want Ellison to head DNC.

  • dreamnightwind (1356 posts)
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    4. His Sec. of Labor loves him some TPP

    I watched the Bernie/Ellison event whose purpose was to promote Keith to head the DNC. Hosted (I think, anyway she spoke a lot, I actually think it was an Our Revolution event) by Randi Weingarten, who rigged the AFT to an early endorsement of Hillary without a real poll of union members to see who they would like to endorse. I can’t stand Weingarten. Many local chapters of the AFT endorsed Bernie on their own despite the national AFT endorsement of Hillary.

    Anyway, the event was interesting (there’s an OP somewhere on JPR about it with the video link, lasted over an hour). I’m sure Ellison is better than Perez, but Ellison didn’t seem that great to me.

    For one thing, he doesn’t seem to me to be much of a leader. He’s trying to be that, but it’s pretty obvious when someone is trying to be that and when someone is that. His heart and eyes didn’t particularly connect with his message, leaving his words without the impact they could have had. YMMV, but I also saw this in audience member’s reactions to his words, a stark contrast to their reactions to Bernie’s words.

    The other thing is that he mostly spoke about identity politics, and about resisting Republicans and Trump. That isn’t the leadership we need, we need leadership to remake the Democratic Party and wean it from corporate money. He made no serious proposals for doing that, and I would be surprised if running candidates without corporate money is very high on, or even part of, his agenda. Candidates funded by corporate money are essentially worthless in my opinion.

    I think that, short of Bernie, Ellison is the best we can hope for in regards to Democratic leadership at the moment, Sadly, I don’t think it’s even close to good enough. It’s looking more and more like Demexit is the only hope for real reform, though I’ll keep a close watch on what Bernie is working on within the party.

    • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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      5. i haven't seen that much of ellison, but had the same reaction as yours.

      doubt obamas pick is better though

    • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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      8. People like Weingarten are going to be willing reformers or they'll be part of

      the reason we will need to go third party. Ellison is a person I have some disagreements with too, but he has an opportunity to tell a clear message..no austerity, no neo-liberal policies, and if the politicians, the people in those districts across the country who have a history of corporate malfeasance  and will not support said policies to counter them, Ellison is going to need a political strategy to deal with that. You can’t ask these voters to get on board with incremental corporate bullshit “success” stories. You can send a message to those holding those seats, change or you’ll be facing a challenge. I believe the idea is to indicate with a show of force, these voters are telling you, this is what we want, keep going with corporate alliances and you’ll be gone. This message resonates with conservative voters, not all of course, but they’re part of the voice that wanted Obama to change the system that voted for him in 2008 and were deeply disappointed too. If the Democratic Party does not become the fighter with the correct alliances and a tactical political plan in place that is tangible to voters, we’ll keep losing.

  • GZeusH (2198 posts)
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    6. Who?

    He’s not going to be able to set up a graft foundation like the Clintons, Republicans are going to erase his great legacy of Romney er Obamacare, and the DNC has less credibility than a supermarket tabloid.  Nostalgic TV retrospectives, the ones that start out “what ever happened to…..”,  are going to have to remind us who he was, not in 20 years, but in two.

    He had a meteoric rise in 2004-2008; the sun shone out his ass in 2009, when the Nobel Prize committee gave him, the least deserving nominee in history, their tribute, and with the Republican win in the 2010 elections, he’s been a lame duck ever since.  Maybe George Foreman can give him a gig endorsing grills:  “Remember me?  I’m Barack Obama, I used to grill whistle-blowers who spilled the beans on America’s secrets.  I really wish I had one of these George Foreman grills to put on Edward Snowden’s fingers, and I’m sure you’ll want one to put on your chicken fingers…”

    Policy:  The mistaken notion that bossy people have that they can influence other people's behavior through majority rule.
    • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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      7. My concern about Obama is what role he'll insert himself into for the

      coming year. I am not confident he will go off into the sunset and allow his legacy to be tainted with Ellison and Sanders policy initiatives. Despite his approval numbers, he knows this election cycle was a rebuke of neo-liberalism. Austerity measures which were the basis of Clinton’s platform must change..how will Obama be a party to that changed message? I understand where you’re coming from, a president can indeed write their memoirs but not their legacy…but that doesn’t mean Obama won’t become active to undermine the change voters wanted from him and did not receive…as we go forward.

  • jwirr (3849 posts)
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    9. It is none of his business. He has exactly 33 days left in office. IF we are

    lucky we are going to end the whole DLC and not just Obama.

    • Jefferson23 (6989 posts)
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      10. I agree if he is not going to help, then stay out of it. The impression I have

      thus far is that he means to stay involved and that may not be good for us.