Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

What Bernie Supporters? New DNC Chair Gets Rough Honeymoon

What Bernie Supporters? New DNC Chair Gets Rough Honeymoon

This was the first real chance to put a progressive into a position of power since November; instead, Democrats picked yet another favorite of the Democratic establishment.

Pressed twice on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday whether he'd share his distribution list to help unite the Democratic Party, Sanders declined to commit.

Perez and Ellison faced off this week in a race for chair of the DNC, one that highlighted the divide between the party's establishment and an emerging, more liberal wing - many of whose members were energized by Vermont Sen.

Tom Perez is the most progressive DNC chair ever - but you would not know that from the reaction of many Keith Ellison supporters.

Partly owning to the work Obama and his team put into the race, Perez won the DNC chairmanship by a vote of 235-200.

The reason, acting Chair Donna Brazile said, was that "We have to make sure that we cannot just count the ballots, but verify every name and signature". "He seemed like a consensus unity candidate. So I specifically asked Tom Perez that question". Indeed, former House speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have even taken to publicly ruminating about an impeachment of President Trump on grounds that are laughable in terms of the "high crimes and misdemeanors" standard set by the Constitution for the unseating of a president.

Chase said she was happy that Perez was elected, and thinks he is an wonderful activist.

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"I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam, due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues", Ellison wrote when he first ran for Congress in 2006.

As New Republic's Clio Chang pointed out last week, the case most Perez supporters made for backing him over Ellison never amounted to much, only reassurances that he'd be just as progressive as Ellison.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans now control 66 of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers in the nation, more than twice the number of Democratically controlled chambers. That's why I'm supporting him in the race to be the next chairman of the Democratic Party.

"It was a very well-thought-out move to bring Ellison in", Chase said. We appreciate his willingness to abandon political correctness and take a message directly to the people through social media (though we might wish he'd be a little more careful with his wording).

Murphy said he thinks both Ellison and Perez were gracious in how they handled their campaigns. As soon as he was declared the victor, he appointed Ellison as deputy chair of the DNC. Democrats are all feeling, and sharing, the grassroots pressure to abandon past "centrist" tactics like "reaching out" to Trump as many Democrats did to George W. Bush, or identifying some sort of agenda that appeals to Trump voters by repudiating progressive policies. To harness that energy into a potent political force, the Democratic Party must be as focused and determined today as the GOP was during the rise of the tea party in 2009. Party divisions over policy are a lot less numerous, and Democrats are united in wanting to use government for positive purposes in a way Republicans haven't exhibited in 40 years.

Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather in two cities this weekend to plot strategy and select a new national chairman....but senior Democratic officials concede that the blueprint has already been chosen for them -by an incensed army of liberals demanding no less than total war against President Trump.

Will the party's drift away from full-throated support for Israel also continue apace?

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