DNC Election This Weekend

Nice horse race  you got there, hate to see anything happen to it.

Nice horse race you got there, hate to see anything happen to it.

The Hill has the latest scoop:

As Democrats head to Atlanta this weekend to vote on their party’s next chair, the race to lead the Democratic National Committee chair is coming down to its two leading candidates.

Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) has the edge over former Labor secretary Tom Perez in The Hill’s new survey of DNC members. But while both men claim they are close to securing commitments from the majority of the 447 voting members, neither candidate is assured victory.

The Hill has identified the stances of 240 DNC members, either through their private responses to a survey circulated over the past week or from public endorsements.

Out of those who responded, Ellison leads with 105 supporters to Perez’s 57. The remaining major candidates have less than a dozen supporters each, while more than 50 DNC members remain undecided.

…and in related news, Payola Paul in his Axios email thingie tells us:

“Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time” — Wall Street Journal front-pager by Reid Epstein and Janet Hook:

 

  • “The strategy of Mr. Sanders’s followers is to infiltrate and transform the Democratic Party’s power structure, starting with the lowest-level state and county committee posts that typically draw scant attention.”
  • “[T]he broader goal is not only to pull the party to the left on policy, but also to fundamentally alter how it operates by eschewing corporate donors, shifting resources from television advertising to neighborhood organizing and stripping power from longtime party elders — including … ‘superdelegates.'”
  • “Sanders said the mobilization efforts are a legacy of his presidential campaign. ‘You have meetings where, in the old days, 20 people would show up. Now hundreds of people are showing up, in terms of competing for seats on Democratic state committees.'”

 

 

(Personally, I think this is good news. It’s the 50-state strategy brought hyper-local.)

All of which is a reminder to our readers that if you have a preference for who leads the DNC, you can use the DNC roster in the Activism Tab above and make your opinion known.

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4 Responses to DNC Election This Weekend

  1. 9thousandfeet says:

    “Personally, I think this is good news. It’s the 50-state strategy brought hyper-local.”

    Yes, and it’s exactly the process the GOP used, beginning with a few disgruntled operatives emerging from the rubble of Barry Goldwater’s campaign.

    Crazy Unkka Pat was talking exactly about that strategy more than 30 years ago now, pointing out how a few fully committed “godly people” could completely colonize the GOP from precinct level on up. That other smarmy asshole from the Moral Majority was saying the same thing, as was Ralph Reed when he made Time Magazine’s cover as “The Right Hand of God”.

    So yeah, as a strategy it sure as hell works. But it took the GOP almost two generations to get from a humiliating defeat to where they are now.
    So I’m still arguing that we don’t have that much time on this occasion, and that we’re gonna need other, more direct, strategies in addition to re-tooling the Dem party for the long haul. It’s not too soon to be talking about those options.

    Remember when Obama said if unions were threatened he was “gonna put on his marching shoes”?
    Well, he was full of shit, as it turned out.
    We can’t afford that luxury.

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    • osirisopto says:

      “Remember when Obama said if unions were threatened he was “gonna put on his marching shoes”?
      Well, he was full of shit, as it turned out.”

      I remember that. I also remember how laughable it was coming from the candidate from Wall Street.

      I’ll give him this, though. He wasn’t George Bush.

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  2. Ali Redford says:

    >“Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time” — Wall Street Journal front-pager by Reid Epstein and Janet Hook:
    OMG, people are really doing it-they’re resuscitating their county parties! Hallelujah!
    Though, I guess, if WSJ is reporting it, that headline could be hyperbole. It’s still very difficult getting done here in my state, but we’re working on it. I’m encouraged by that headline, though. I worried all the work was falling on deaf ears.

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  3. laura says:

    If either of the 3 most qualified candidates organizes in 50 States to assist the Democratic Party in establishing a platform based upon a new New Deal, I will do my part, working as hard as a rented mule to elect candidates that run on that platform.

    There is no end to the actual physical work that must be done to rebuilt and replace our fallen down, ramshackle, ignored, unglamorous infrastructure, and others need to sell stuff to those workers and provide the care they’ll need. There’s enough shovel ready stuff to keep busy till I die of old age.

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