Reflections: Tom Perez Elected DNC Chair

Let’s start with Senator Sanders:

…then this …

…and this sweet thought for Representative Ellison…

…but let’s also keep in mind this thought…


Unity is critical in an ongoing battle against ungoverning FDR’s nascent modern state which balances the excesses of the free market with the needs of America’s people.  The Republican Party has become the party of misdirection, misinformation and ungoverning.  We the people (as opposed to we the people with money and influence) must remain unified under the umbrella of the Democratic Party until that time there is a more effective political tool in our political tool shed.

That means we the people will win some and we’ll lose some but we can never give up.

If we give up, who will fight for doing all we can to avoid environmental catastrophes?  Who will fight against toxic income inequality and fight for equal opportunity for all while taking into account systemic and historic cultural and legal imbalances?

In short, who will fight for sustainable governing for all of us, not just those who can pay enough to access the levers of power?

references: (last one was updated after initial publishing)

(Glenn Greenwald. The Intercept_. 24 February)
In other words, Perez, despite his progressive credentials, is viewed — with good reason — as a reliable functionary and trustworthy loyalist by those who have controlled the party and run it into the ground, whereas Ellison is viewed as an outsider who may not be as controllable and, worse, may lead the Sanders contingent to perceive that they have been integrated into and empowered within the party.
(Clio Change. The New Republic. 23 February)
But members of the Democratic establishment don’t quite see it that way. The Hill reports, “Perez supporters have expressed concern about handing the party over to the Sanders wing of the party, arguing that Ellison would move the party too far to the left.” And the New York Times suggests that Democratic leaders pushed Perez to run because they viewed Ellison as too close to the Sanders wing.
(Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman. The New York Times. 22 November 2016.
But after steadily adding endorsements from leading Democrats in his bid to take over the party, Mr. Ellison is encountering resistance from a formidable corner: the White House.
In a sign of the discord gripping the party, President Obama’s loyalists, uneasy with the progressive Mr. Ellison, have begun casting about for an alternative, according to multiple Democratic officials close to the president.
The battle pits the titans of the Democratic Party against one another, with Mr. Obama’s camp at odds with figures like Chuck Schumer, the new Senate Democratic leader, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
This call for an economic-centered brand of liberalism is what galvanized so many of his supporters

There was another serious pragmatic reason to believe the party needed Ellison. Like Sanders, he had the momentum and energy. Keith Ellison could get young people excited about Democratic politics. He had a way of connecting with people. Even Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post, who had supported Hillary Clinton, was incredibly impressed with Ellison when he spoke to him, because of Ellison’s unique gift for explaining progressive values in concrete and relatable terms. In an era where Democrats are losing incredibly badly at every level, they needed someone who could motivate people and get them to organize. They needed someone who would harness the force that led to Bernie Sanders’ massive rallies, an enthusiasm that Hillary Clinton could never generate. With a significant segment of those people seeing their candidate yet again blocked (this time by an even more absurdly undemocratic process, in which ordinary party members had absolutely no say), it’s hardly likely that Perez will be able to energize those same forces. Electing Ellison was essential because it could have kept more left-wingers from quitting the party in disgust, and helped bring back some (much needed) robust grassroots organizing.

Now, progressives in the party are further alienated. Good luck getting them to vote for Democrats. No matter how many people may have insisted that Ellison/Perez wasn’t a replay of Sanders/Clinton, it’s impossible to deny that in some ways it was. The progressives needed to receive some kind of gesture. And they have received one: an enormous middle finger.

once more for emphasis quote:

This call for an economic-centered brand of liberalism is what galvanized so many of (Bernie’s) supporters

  • Jonathan Martin & Maggie Haberman – NY Times.


5 thoughts on “Reflections: Tom Perez Elected DNC Chair

  1. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Screaming Howard Dean wears a Perez body suit, WHOOOOOOOOOOOH!

    Poor Sanders, gets backstabbed by women, now a backseat to radical immigrants……..what a rollercoaster ride…..

  2. Mary Ella Anderson says:

    I think Naomi Klein nailed it. The party establishment could not have done a worse job or suffered a greater defeat and yet they cling to power. They care more about themselves than the country. But we don’t have a choice but to try and steer them in a different direction.

    1. “They care more about themselves than the country. But we don’t have a choice but to try and steer them in a different direction.” I think you nailed it Mary Ella. I long for the day when those that need it vote their economic interests AND for the day when those who have made it don’t work, either knowingly or not, to pull the rug up from behind them.

      Here is another good article I’m going to add to the list above that you might like. By failing to appoint Keith Ellison to chair the DNC, Democrats have written their suicide note… (Nathan Robinson | Current Affairs | February 25th)

      1. Mary Ella Anderson says:

        Thanks, Jon. I am going to look for that article. Does it have a title? I am not familiar with Nathan Robinson but I did find that Current Affairs is a new online magazine. I will check it out. I don’t know that we can blame all Democrats for what the DNC has done. Some people are responding by dropping out of the party. Some people write that they have registered Green as that party does have a strong progressive platform although it hasn’t been able to attract a significant number of voters. Others are suggesting that registering Democratic Socialist like Bernie is a better way to go. The idea, I think, is to shift the part away from being “centrist” to being really progressive.

        1. I didn’t distinguish the title well…And I’m really impressed with Current Affairs.

          “By failing to appoint Keith Ellison to chair the DNC, Democrats have written their suicide note… ”

          I was confusing Current Affairs with another magazine, not sure which. Probably Foreign Affairs?

          Anyway, you are right, it is a brand-new magazine begun by Nathan Robinson.

          “Current Affairs is a magazine that publishes bi-monthly in print and online. It was started by Nathan J. Robinson, a PhD student at Harvard University[1] in 2015 via a kickstarter campaign.[2] Its stated aims are to be an informative and entertaining independent publication.”

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