The DCCC Sure as Hell Isn't Going to Let Another AOC Win
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new set of rules on Friday that aims to protect incumbent candidates across the country at the cost of also cracking down on any ideological progress or debate about the party’s direction.
The DCCC’s new “hiring standards,” which, per the National Journal, went out to more than 100 political firms that consult or work on campaigns around the country, say the organization will not contract with or recommend the services of any firm that chooses to work for an incumbent Democrat’s opponent. In other words, if a political firm challenges the status quo at all—like working with Ayanna Pressley or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the 2018 midterms, when they both defeated longtime incumbents—they face a DCCC blacklist.
The DCCC’s weak justification for these rules is to protect the Democrats’ hard-won majority in the House. But this doesn’t do that. Blocking the best political firms from working with progressive primary opponents doesn’t make fragile centrists in swing districts any safer from Republicans in the general election, but it certainly hinders those districts from putting up a stronger candidate if one comes along. It could also have the effect of helping protect all incumbents, not just the obstinate centrist ones who pander to the Republicans or the status quo.
Fortunately, this power grab isn’t going unnoticed. It’s a good sign when your middling Democrat protection plan doesn’t even pass a smell test by the Pod Save America doofuses:
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Already snatching defeat from victory …typical establishment centrist DINO behavior.
March 23, 2019 at 7:23 PM #43267Snort McDorkParticipant
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There needs to be massive protests in front of the DNC offices constantly to show them we won’t put up with their bullshit.
F-U DNC. Your days are numbered.
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March 23, 2019 at 7:59 PM #43287algernonParticipant
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Contradicts the reason behind primaries.
October 31, 2020 at 9:37 PM #373417Jim LaneParticipant
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In this cycle, at least three entrenched Democratic incumbents — Lipinski, Clay, and Engel — have been ousted in the primary by challengers from the left.
I think the DCCC followed its normal practice of supporting incumbents. It turns out, however, that the DCCC doesn’t “let” (or not let) candidates win. Progressives who are willing to roll up their sleeves and do the necessary work can win in the primaries even over the DCCC’s opposition.
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