Much has been made of the rigged 2016 Democratic primary, with a scale tipped to help Hillary and hurt Bernie. But new reporting is shining light on the extent to which national Democrats have sought to limit the success of progressive candidates all across the country.
This is a must-read on how an insular world of party operatives, consultants and deep-pocketed donors shapes the candidates the Democratic Party recruits and backs, only to limit their ability to both win and govern as progressively as they campaigned.— Daniel Marans (@danielmarans) January 23, 2018
Christina Hartman did worse than Clinton in her 2016 bid for PA-16, an R+5 district Dems can win this year. But party bigwigs have again rallied around her in lieu of Jess King, a progressive contender with impressive fundraising: https://t.co/ckj99LVpBU @lhfang @ryangrim— Daniel Marans (@danielmarans) January 23, 2018
On the heels of yesterday’s Schumer Surrender, an already-incensed liberal base is sure to love this deep dive into what the DCCC, DNC, and groups like EMILY’s List have been up to…
The Dead Enders
Ryan Grim and Lee Fang
January 23, 2018
Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First
“In his farewell address, President Barack Obama had some practical advice for those frustrated by his successor. “If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself,” Obama implored.
Yet across the country, the DCCC, its allied groups, or leaders within the Democratic Party are working hard against some of these new candidates for Congress, publicly backing their more established opponents, according to interviews with more than 50 candidates, party operatives, and members of Congress.
In district after district, the national party is throwing its weight behind candidates who are out of step with the national mood. The DCCC — known as “the D-trip” in Washington — has officially named 18 candidates as part of its “Red to Blue” program. … In many of those districts, there is at least one progressive challenger the party is working to elbow aside, some more viable than others. Outside of those 18, the party is coalescing in less formal ways around a chosen candidate — such as in the case of Pennsylvania’s Hartman — even if the DCCC itself is not publicly endorsing.
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