Don't give a dime to the DCCC, they'll just use to front DINOs and smear Justice Democrats


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/04/emilys-list-too.html


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The house is structured so a majority-- even an ideologically incoherent majority-- is worth a great deal.


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Maybe this time it will be different!


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This is about primary challenges, not for voting independent.


#5

Fuck these underhanded filthbags, right in the eye.


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the DCCC is backing corporate lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher whose most notable achievement is security [sic] a $5.3M judgment against the SEIU over their Justice for Janitors campaign.

Not that I think it comes from Moscow, but this is Russian-bot-worthy disinformation. Although I’m guessing you didn’t know when you passed it on. (I mean, that’s how disinformation works, right?) She didn’t have anything whatsoever to do with the case. That’s nothing as in nothing. No strategizing, no litigation, no participation, and no way to stop her firm from taking the case. If that’s “secur[ing] a judgment,” then I’m an astronaut, insofar as I’ve served on the same university faculty as someone who eventually became one.

In short, she’s anti-labor in the same sense that you’re “pro-censorship”–in that someone you work with took actions with respect to your business that got that accusation tossed around about them, whether or not you had anything to do with it, and whether or not that charge had merit.


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@jerwin’s point though is that the DCCC is making a calculation about which candidate has the best chance of winning with a D after their name once we’re through the primary.

Like @doctorow I get a lot of phone calls from the DCCC because I donate to many Democrats (I’m also a card-carrying member of the Party), and like Cory I trust my own judgment on candidates rather than that of the party operatives, as I’ve been well to their left for many many years. I like to chat with the people calling me and often they agree with me on some of the candidates. However, the DCCC is not my enemy, they are just a group that wants to consign the GOP to the dustbin of history for the same reasons I do, but just have a different idea of the best way to do that.

As for the Texas race he mentions, it seems to be complicated:


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If there is anythig that 2016 taught us, it is that angrily insisting on the candidate furthest to the left always results in the most optimal results. Which is why all three branches are firmly in the control of radical socialists.


#9

Two-party system FTW.


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What happened to Laura Moser was despicable and shameful, and the corporate influence on the Dems stinks. But also I wonder if it is really as malevolent as it seems if the DCCC backs the less progressive candidate in a primary. I suspect that they are also considering electability in their endorsements.

For example, I vote in Virginia’s second district, and I feel that that is absolutely flippable by the Dems, but it won’t be easy as it’s a quite a red district that has only elected one Democrat in the past 30-some years (ever since the seat was gerrymandered to favor the GOP).

So while I would prefer a more liberal candidate than DCCC-backed “former Republican” Elaine Luria, I have to grudgingly admit that with her background as a Naval Academy grad and 20-year service in the Navy, there’s no question that she is the most electable Democratic candidate in this VERY Navy-heavy region, and so has the best chance of beating awful GOP incumbent Scott Taylor (a former Navy SEAL). I presume this also is the case for the guy in Nebraska that the article also mentions.

People who live in urban areas like San Francisco can demand the most progressive candidate and still hope to win the general election, but this won’t work in many areas of the country, at least not yet. It’s an unpleasant truth, but Democrats will simply not win the House this year if they only run the most liberal candidates.


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Has it ever though? All politics is local.

Or at least maybe should be. Odd that a Californian wants have a say in who Texas, or Virginia, selects to represent them. I mean ok, I understand the desire, and money is speech so opine away, but at the end of the day it’s always struck me as rather presumptuous. It’s the basic problem with national parties and is severely exacerbated by the two-party duopoly. My representative’s first loyalty should be to represent our community, not to an org and agenda set by people elsewhere.

That said, I’m not sure why going to specific advocacy orgs to support your preferred candidates wasn’t the better idea to begin with. Not every Democrat is necessarily (potentially) representing a constituency that favors most or any of the things you mention, so it makes sense that the national org isn’t the place to look for those goals.


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Of the two large American parties one spent a few decades sliding further to their pole and the other chased the squishy center. One party holds all three branches of government and most of the states and it certainly isn’t the one that has spent half of their effort fighting their base.


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What’s a “Sanders Democrat?” Bernie’s not one… is this some other Sanders?


#16

Colonel Sanders?


#17

The voters know the Democratic establishment is corrupt, which is why their attempts to shut down the insurgents are backfiring.

It should be pretty obvious these days that neoliberal scum are neoliberal scum, and the only hope for decent governance is for the left to rise again.


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The link to Our Revolution is broken. The anchor tag has a typo in the href attribute.


#19

From the indomitable Tbogg, for Cori

Let me see if I can explain it this way:
Every year in Happy Gumdrop Fairy-Tale Land all of the sprites and elves and woodland creatures gather together to pick the Rainbow Sunshine Queen. Everyone is there: the Lollipop Guild, the Star-Twinkle Toddlers, the Sparkly Unicorns, the Cookie Baking Apple-cheeked Grandmothers, the Fluffy Bunny Bund, the Rumbly-Tumbly Pupperoos, the Snowflake Princesses, the Baby Duckies All-In-A-Row, the Laughing Babies, and the Dykes on Bikes. They have a big picnic with cupcakes and gumdrops and pudding pops, stopping only to cast their votes by throwing Magic Wishing Rocks into the Well of Laughter, Comity, and Good Intentions. Afterward they spend the rest of the night dancing and singing and waving glow sticks until dawn when they tumble sleepy-eyed into beds made of the purest and whitest goose down where they dream of angels and clouds of spun sugar.

You don’t live there.

Grow the fuck up.


#20

We live in a world fucked over by short-sighted, heinous, money-grubbing filth puppets, and it’s past time we started lining these cancer cells up against a wall, before we’re trapped in fascist lockdown on a dying planet.

Wake the fuck up.