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    The DNC Hands the Democratic Party Over to David Brock and Billionaire Donors

    The Democratic Party establishment has responded to Hillary Clinton’s election loss the same way they would have responded had Hillary Clinton won, by changing absolutely nothing. Clinton’s overt embrace of wealthy donors and establishment figures from both political parties repelled thousands of voters toward third parties, voting for Trump, or apathy.

    This trend embodied by Clinton’s candidacy has resulted in Democrats losing over 900 state legislature seats and failing to recoup majorities in both houses of Congress. Instead of figuring out how to reconnect with working and middle class voters across the country, Democrats are handing the keys of the party directly over to wealthy billionaire donors while attempting to maintain the facade they care about the common voter.

    Despite formal complaints, a lawsuit, and ethical concerns, billionaire donor and close ally to former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stephen Bittel was elected by the Florida Democratic Party establishment to serve as its new Chair on January 14. Next weekend in Florida, billionaire donors will gain even more ground in the Democratic Party at a private retreat hosted by Clinton propagandist David Brock, where each candidate for the new DNC Chair will participate in a forum to woo support from the Democratic Party’s donors.

    David Brock became notorious after his attacks on Anita Hill, who accused 1991 Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, and passed a polygraph test in addition to testifying in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Thomas was confirmed anyways, and David Brock became rich off a book he wrote smearing Anita Hill. In 2001, Brock admitted he based the book on lies, part of his transition from Republican hit man to Hillary Clinton’s propaganda henchman.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/17/89812/

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  • oldandhappy (3790 posts)
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    1. oh yea

    So much for the unity and rebuilding and coming together, giggle.  money money money  The Repubocrats/Demlicans are well on their way to the single party system.

    Invest in people.  Seek TRUTH.
    • ThouArtThat (5413 posts)
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      2. One Party For The 1% – Subjugation For The 99%

      eom

      "In America Today, Power Corrupts and Money Corrupts Absolutely" - Anonymous  
    • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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      13. This is OLD news

      They have been “owned” by Wall Street since the early 90s.

      "Out of many, one"
  • TRex (3044 posts)
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    3. Well then prepare to lose every single election from now on DNC!

    They let a GOP mole destroy the party with his idiotic ideas. Fine. Destroy the party you assholes, we will rebuild it without YOU! We will just sit back and watch the complete meltdown. Have fun, you rich spoiled morons!

    “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” - Obama
  • The Crone (3157 posts)
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    4. And Bernie and his followers are now

    being courted by Brock. (Sigh)

    "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!
    • bemildred (5083 posts)
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      5. Time for a sting, see what you can get Brock to say out loud.

      But honestly I think he’s just looking for people he can turn.

      It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
      • OCMI (1486 posts)
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        6. It sounds like Brock wants to create the perception that Bernie followers

        Are now on board with Brock.  Perception is the only thing these people care about, and seek to manipulate to their ($) benefit

        If you dislike Trump, you should vote for him so we can change his party from within. Yes, Hillary supporters, this is how ridiculous you sound.
        • bemildred (5083 posts)
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          7. I think Brock wants whatever he can get.

          And one way or another it’s bound to be a con.

          It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
    • djean111 (5244 posts)
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      15. That would be both funnier and more revolting than the current attempts to

      woo us back into the charnel house.  Not buying any of it.

      • *Obligatory disclaimer - when I say "Democratic Party" I mean the DNC - the Clintons and the un-elected people and the consultants and the lobbyists and the corporations who actually run things.  The people who work and vote and are registered as "D" are no more the actual party than Trekkies are Star Trek.   Extra credit - the Democratic Party gets to actually fuck up your life. When you vote for it.
      You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.
  • SageBlue (199 posts)
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    8. I went to a party where I talked with Brock, Carville, SV owner…

    it was a night

    It is very difficult to see a silver lining

     

    • The Crone (3157 posts)
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      10. Say more, please. We're curious.

      And how many weeks did it take for the slime to shower off?

      "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!
      • SageBlue (199 posts)
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        12. Bartcop's Juliefest in DC

        Carville was doing the Crossfire show then -I poked fun at him about it and he reacted like the crazed marine he is.  I was nothing to him and he made it very clear.

        SV owner was not liked by a good many of the Bartcop fans and he was not very engaging with me.

        Brock was funny.  After apologizing profusely for past sins he promised more in the future.

         

         

         

  • SPiZ (86 posts)
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    9. David Brock was Key to Hillary's losing

    And they don’t see it…  They live in a bubble.  Their lack of self awareness reminds me of the Republicans.

    • The Crone (3157 posts)
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      11. I kept thinking Brock might have been

      working for the Republicans. Still ponder that one.

      "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!
    • TRex (3044 posts)
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      14. They see it, but admitting defeat is against the rules.

      Brock is a mole, worked out great. Probably the one that fed all the emails to Wikileaks. Never trusted that alt-right asshole.

      “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” - Obama
      • Colors of the Rainbow (1494 posts)
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        16. I don’t think so

        For a good three decades, the Clintons, and to some extent Democrats, have had a “can’t beat them, join them” mentality in response to the Republicans’ dominance of winning the presidency with four of the five elections of the 1970s and 1980s. Democrats, following the lead of the Clintons, think triangulation of incorporating Republican policies and campaign approaches is brilliant—and that they work as much in the 2010s as they did during the 1990s. They are out of touch. And everyone who has followed the Clintons, no matter their role in support, are lacking in vision and imagination. They are craven. Hopefully, the tide of history is going to wipe them away—along with the Clintons—for what will become of the Democratic Party going forward.

        • TRex (3044 posts)
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          17. That is why Brock would be a natural fit, he went from Reaganomics to

          Neo-liberalism. Not that much difference. People are tired of Centrist politics.

          “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” - Obama
  • GloriaMundi (639 posts)
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    18. "In short, the rich can't save us"…

    …yep that’s it in a nutshell.  The very idea of redistributing wealth is anathema to them, naturally since so many of them benefit from the system as it is now.  But with the wealth disparities we have now, redistribution is the only possible answer.

    Our political system has become a joke, a very bad joke with an evil jester at the helm.  He’s as likely to do good for the Little People as Colonel Sanders is to do good for chickens.  Rather less likely, in fact, since Trump and the rest of the oligarchs fail to see how much their lives depend on the rest of us.  They see us as an inconvenience, only useful if we can be fleeced out of the last scraps we have.

    The other thing they fail to see is that all that anger they think they have harnessed for their cause, will turn against them when the reality sets in.

    This is unlikely to end well.

     

    • closeupready (1767 posts)
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      19. Rejection of neoliberalism is ascendant, here and abroad.

      Marine le Pen is going to win.  You wait and see.

      And as life for working people gets worse, incrementally, so political populism will continue to rise.

      I guess they figure, ride it out as long as we can, then off to South America.

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      • GloriaMundi (639 posts)
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        20. Well neoliberalism isn't really liberal…

        …and right-wing populism isn’t really populist.

        We need political populism, just the left-wing variety.

        Your analysis is correct, but I wish people would not just call it “political populism” when they mean “right-wing political populism”.  The pope just talked about populism meaning countries are heading for fascism, and the Davos people are also all atwitter about “populism” — but they are IMO purposely conflating the term so that they can also swat down left-wing populism.

        Sorry to go on, it’s just a thing I’m noticing the last few days.