The Anti-Democratic Democratic Party
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The Anti-Democratic Democratic Party
“….The DCCC’s new rules aren’t about keeping a majority, they’re about keeping a majority where Democratic conservatives and moderates wield all of the political power
“….It is not playing games for the Democratic party to be inclusive of all its members perspectives. I have refrained from commenting publicly on this issue until now, but I am extremely disappointed that there is no movement on this issue……..By the way, what is “the far left”? Progressives, who make up 40% of the Democratic caucus and the vast majority of the primary electorate? We will continue to push for our voice to be recognized…..”
When you look at who progressive Democrats usually talk about challenging in primaries, however, it becomes obvious that the move isn’t meant to protect a Democratic majority. It’s designed to keep power in the caucus firmly in the hands of moderates, rather than progressives. It’s an active ideological choice on the part of Bustos. Take Bustos’ fellow Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski, for example. Since 1959, there have been a grand total of 2 years where the district was represented by a Republican. Despite the makeup of his district, Lipinski—who got his seat in the first place by pure nepotism—voted against the Affordable Care Act and is staunchly anti-abortion. Progressives aren’t pushing to get this guy out because he’s not a socialist; it’s because he’s an actual right-winger protected in a liberal district by his family name and the the D next to it.
Last year, a markedly more progressive candidate, Marie Newman, ran against him with the support of other House Democrats from Illinois, and nearly knocked him off. She’s reportedly considering another run, but while Newman’s politics are much more in line with both the party and the district, the DCCC’s new rules are designed to keep people like Newman out. More than that, they’re designed to stymie internal party democracy. While the goals of progressives both inside and outside of the party might very well eventually be to run progressive primary challenges against conservative Democrats in seats winnable for Republicans, it appears that right now, they’re focused more on the Lipinski types. In December, Justice Democrats executive director Alexandra Rojas told Splinter that while the organization believes progressive ideas “resonate everywhere,” the organization—which helped drive Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of Joe Crowley last year—would be “heavily focused on blue districts” in 2020.
The overarching argument that Bustos and her allies have been making through the press over the past few weeks, however, is that this is a move to prevent primary challenges against vulnerable moderates in swing districts. That’s almost right: while it is to prevent primary challenges against vulnerable moderates, those vulnerable moderates aren’t in swing districts. They’re in diehard liberal districts, such as Lipinski’s, or the ones now represented by candidates like Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley.
The DCCC's new rules aren't about keeping a majority, they're about keeping a majority where Democratic conservatives and moderates wield all of the political power https://t.co/VBklh2dMov
— Paul Blest (@pblest) April 4, 2019
By the way, what is "the far left"? Progressives, who make up 40% of the Democratic caucus and the vast majority of the primary electorate? We will continue to push for our voice to be recognized.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) April 4, 2019
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April 4, 2019 at 8:08 PM #49708daleanimeParticipant
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Pretty much have to agree with everything written here, with one exception. The people who have control of the ‘democratic’ party right now are not “moderate”. They desperately want you to believe that they are, and they’ll call themselves that endless. But if you look at their policy stance compared to the American public they are very much right wing on economy issues, that does not make them “moderate”.
When the going gets tough, the tough help each other.
April 4, 2019 at 8:12 PM #49714JustSayinParticipant
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Oh now…now oh now the fall in liner boomers will wake up LOL….keep trying to reform the most corrupt party in the universe and might succeed after next 30000 years
Never expect different result by following the previous steps
April 5, 2019 at 2:56 AM #49871PasticheParticipant
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You seem to have a problen with Baby Boomers. Why is that?
“We’re about to have an election in which Incompetent A is going to be contesting with Incompetent B when both of them have demonstrated nothing remotely like any shred of adequacy to the scope of the problems we face.”
April 4, 2019 at 8:16 PM #49717game meatParticipant
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“…now represented by candidates like Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley.”
Somewhat off topic, but it bugs me how everyone always acts like aoc and ayanna pressley are cut from the same cloth.
Pressley was a Clinton shill in 2016 who pushed variations of the Bernie bro meme. Accusing Sanders supporters of “mansplaining” progressivism or some nonsense like that. Jimmy Dore did a show exposing her a while back.
The only thing they have seem to have in common is primarying old white guys. They did the same thing, but for completely different reasons.
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