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DNC: Everything's Perfectly All Right Now. We're Fine. We're All Fine Here.

- March 29, 2017

In A Tremendous Display Of Hubris, Perez And Ellison Believe That Simply Appearing Together Will Resolve All The Differences Between Liberal And Establishment Factions Of Their Party


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • The verisimilitude portrayed by Keith Ellison and Tom Perez that everything is hunky-dory at the DNC is belied by the contentious relationship between the establishment and liberal factions of the Democrat party.
  • The ideological factions that turned the DNC Chair race into a proxy war for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party have not disappeared and a few joint appearances by Ellison and Perez aren't going to fix that.
  • Ellison and Perez's dog and pony show ignores the fact that the majority of Democrats weren't even paying attention to the DNC Chair race and Perez and Ellison alone can do little to address the underlying divisions within their party.

Tonight, Tom Perez And Keith Ellison Will Be Speaking Together As Part Of Their Efforts To Try And Convince People Everything Is Hunky-Dory At The DNC

Tom Perez And Keith Ellison Will Be Appear Together Tonight For A Discussion At Georgetown University. "The Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy will host Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison for a discussion on millennials and the Democratic party. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30PM in the Healey Family Student Center Social Room." (Press Release, "Tom Perez & Keith Ellison: The Democrats' Case To Millennials," Georgetown University , Accessed 3/28/17)

Perez And Ellison Are Also Currently Engaged In A "Turnaround Tour." "New Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and Deputy Chair Keith Ellison are taking their buddy show on the road. Starting later this month, the pair will embark on what they are calling a 'Democratic Turnaround Tour' that hits a collection of states that the party lost in 2016 and where there are ongoing races." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Perez, Ellison Embark On Unity Tour," Politico , 3/8/17)

  • The Tour Is Designed, In Part, To Mend "Intraparty Wounds After The Two Men's Contentious Chairmanship Race." "Embarking on the joint trip is as much about expanding the party's appeal in the Trump era as it is about rebuilding party infrastructure and mending intraparty wounds after the two men's contentious chairmanship race." (Ben Kamisar, "Perez, Ellison Start Multistate 'Turnaround Tour' For Dems," The Hill , 3/23/17)

The DNC Chair Became A Proxy War Between The Establishment And Liberal Factions Of The Democrat Party

"The Democrats' Calamitous Defeat In Last Year's Elections… Deepened A Well Of Intra-Party Bitterness That Had Been Evident Long Before Election Day." "The Democrats' calamitous defeat in last year's elections-not only losing the Presidency but remaining in a rut in both chambers of Congress and ceding further ground to Republicans in state houses, governors' mansions, and mayors' offices around the country-deepened a well of intra-Party bitterness that had become evident long before Election Day." (Vinson Cunningham, "Will Keith Ellison Move The Democrats Left?," The New Yorker , 2/27/17)

The DNC Chair Race Turned Into A Proxy War For What The Party Is Supposed To Stand For. "Democratic leaders are pushing hard to get the chair race settled on the first ballot, bringing an end to the four-month long proxy war for what the party's supposed to stand for." (Edward-Issac Dovere, Gabriel Debenedetti, and Daniel Strauss, "Democrats Hope For Quick End To DNC Chair Fight, Politico , 2/25/17)

  • The Proxy War Has, In Part, Been Fought Between Sanders Allies And Allies Of Obama And Clinton. "The election in part has been a proxy war between Sen. Bernie Sanders' allies and those more closely aligned with Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama." (Eric Bradner, "Democratic Party Set To Choose Its New Chair," CNN , 2/25/17)

CNN Headline: "Democratic Divisions On Display At DNC Debate." (Eric Bradner, "Democratic Divisions On Display At DNC Debate," CNN , 2/23/17)

  • The Debate Over Who Will Be The Next DNC Chair "Is Underscoring The Divisions Still Lingering Within" The Democrat Party. "For all the marches and protests the left has generated since Election Day, the debate over who will lead the Democratic Party in the early stages of Donald Trump's presidency is underscoring the divisions still lingering within its ranks." (Eric Bradner, "Democratic Divisions On Display At DNC Debate," CNN , 2/23/17)

The "Wounds" Of The 2016 Presidential Primary "Were Ripped Open At The Debate Over A Question About Whether The Race Between Sanders And Hillary Clinton Was 'Rigged.'" "Another central challenge for Democrats is to recover from the bitter split of the 2016 presidential primary. The wounds of that race were ripped open at the debate over a question about whether the race between Sanders and Hillary Clinton was 'rigged.'" (Eric Bradner, "Democratic Divisions On Display At DNC Debate," CNN , 2/23/17)

Jeff Weaver Called Tom Perez The "Candidate Of The Insider," And That His Victory Would "Send A Horrible Message To Millions Of People." "Jeff Weaver says if @TomPerez ('candidate of the insider') wins DNC race, it'll 'send a horrible message to millions & millions of people.'" (Ruby Cramer, Twitter Feed , 1/24/17)

  • Jeff Weaver Is A Longtime Bernie Sanders Aide And Was His 2016 Campaign Manager. "Jeff Weaver is Sanders' campaign manager. He served as the senator's campaign manager during his successful Senate run in 2006 and served as chief of staff in Sanders' House and Senate offices. He first began working for Sanders as a 20-year-old on his 1986 gubernatorial campaign." (Jonathan Topaz and Katie Glueck, "The Power Player Behind Bernie Sander's Campaign," Politico , 5/26/15)

Jane Flemming Keeb, The Chair Of The Nebraska Democrats, Said That If Tom Perez Wins "I Think It's Going To Be A Major Problem." ".@janekleeb chair of the Nebraska dems tells @TheYoungTurks if Tom Perez wins "I think it's gonna be a major problem." #DNCChair #DemExit" (Beatrice-Elizabeth, Twitter Feed , 2/25/17)

Observer Columnist Michael Sainato: "Perez Backs The Same Failed Strategies That Have Run The Democratic Party Into The Ground Over The Last Decade." "The DNC chair race is the Democratic Party's last opportunity to make a unifying concession to progressives, who were cheated and disenfranchised during the Democratic primaries by former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Wasserman Schultz resigned in embarrassment after Wikileaks released emails confirming she violated Section 5 Article 4 of the DNC Charter to help Clinton. However, the Democratic Party has yet to acknowledge the damage they caused by anointing Clinton as their presidential nominee... Perez backs the same failed strategies that have run the Democratic Party into the ground over the last decade." (Michael Sainato, "There's No Saving The Democratic Party If Tom Perez Wins DNC Chair," Observer , 2/16/17)

The Reality Is That Most Democrats Did Not Pay Attention To The DNC Chair Race And The Turnaround Tour Will Do Little To Address What Caused The Democrats To Lose 900 Over 1,000 Elected Positions

Politico Headline: "DNC Race: Low On Energy, Ideas, Imagination" (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Daniel Strauss, "DNC Race: Low On Energy, Ideas, Imagination," Politico , 1/28/17)

The DNC Chair Race Has Been Described As "Bland" And The Candidates Are Only "Offering Conventional Ideas They All Agree On." "The race for Democratic National Committee chair is bland and bloodless. The seven candidates are downplaying differences and offering conventional ideas they all agree on." (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Daniel Strauss, "DNC Race: Low On Energy, Ideas, Imagination," Politico , 1/28/17)

The Ideas Being Offered By The DNC Candidates Are "Not Very Complicated, Imaginative Or A Break From The Past." "Go local. Pursue a new 50-state strategy. Something about cybersecurity. Organize. The list goes on, but the pitches share one thing in common: they're not very complicated, imaginative or a break from the past." (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Daniel Strauss, "DNC Race: Low On Energy, Ideas, Imagination," Politico , 1/28/17)

According To A Morning Consult/Politico Poll, Most Democrats Aren't Even Paying Attention To The DNC Chair Race. "But ahead of Saturday, when DNC members will vote, a new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey finds that attention has not seeped down to rank-and-file voters. Just 17 percent of self-identified Democrats said they have heard a lot about the vote. Roughly a third (31 percent) have heard some about the race to determine the next DNC leader, but most Democrats (53 percent) have either heard not much or nothing at all." (Eli Yokley, "Most Democrats Not Paying Attention To DNC Chair Race," Morning Consult , 2/22/17)

During President Obama's Tenure, Democrats Lost 1,042 State And Federal Democratic Posts. "The Democratic Party suffered huge losses at every level during Obama's West Wing tenure. The grand total: a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democratic posts, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency." ("Democrats Lost Over 1,000 Seats Under Obama," Fox News , 12/27/16)

  • Democratic Seats In The Senate Fell From 55 To 46. "Democratic U.S. Senate seats fell from 55 to 46." ("Democrats Lost Over 1,000 Seats Under Obama," Fox News , 12/27/16)
  • Democrats Seats In The House Fell From 256 To 194. "Their share of the House plummeted from 256 seats to 194." ("Democrats Lost Over 1,000 Seats Under Obama," Fox News , 12/27/16)
  • Democratic Governorships Fell From 28 To 16. "Democratic governerships also became a rarity during this eight-year period, slipping from 28 to 16." ("Democrats Lost Over 1,000 Seats Under Obama," Fox News , 12/27/16)

 

 


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