DNC Chair Campaigns Scramble Ahead of Tight Vote

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    Tomorrow is the day! Have you all e-mailed the DNC to express your support for Ellison?!

    ATLANTA — The race to be the next leader of the Democratic National Committee is headed for a photo finish as party officials gather in Georgia ahead of Saturday’s vote to elect a new chairman.

    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a progressive firebrand with the support of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a favorite of the Obama administration, are in a furious final push that has turned downtown Atlanta’s Westin Hotel into ground zero for the Democratic rebuilding project.

    Neither Ellison nor Perez has a lock on the majority of the 447 DNC members who will vote on Saturday. Many remain undecided, while many more aren’t revealing whom they plan to support.

    DNC members have no idea who will win the party’s first contested chairman’s race in more than a decade.

    Along with Ellison and Perez, five other candidates will also be on the ballot. There’s chatter among DNC members that a deadlock between supporters of Ellison and Perez could pave the way for a compromise candidate to win after the first vote.

    South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the gay 35-year-old Rhodes scholar and military veteran who is a rising party star, is the favorite in that long-shot scenario.

    “It is going down to the wire,” said Breanne Miller, a DNC vice chairwoman from Utah who is undecided. “I’ve heard crazy things like it will be 10 ballots. ... For a lot of people it will be their first contested DNC election, so I don’t think there’s any way to know how it will shake out. There’s a lot of talk that if the top two don’t get it, everyone will swing to another person. I don’t know. Everyone will be learning on the fly.”

    The 73-floor Westin Hotel has turned into base camp for the candidates in the final stretch. DNC members from Idaho to West Virginia and the territories are milling about, soaking in the frenetic scene and huddling over drinks to hash out their positions.

    Campaign staffers and volunteers have set up makeshift headquarters in the various lobbies and restaurants and lounges around the hotel.

    Activists and volunteers are running around passing out campaign literature. Ellison backers are wearing green “Keith for DNC chair” shirts, while Perez supporters wear blue “Team Tom” garb. Candidate signs are scattered about the hallways of every floor.

    Behind the scenes, labor leaders and special interest groups are pounding the inboxes of DNC members with opposition research and final pleas to back one candidate or another.

    The candidates and former candidates are striding about the hotel for cable news interviews and to make last-minute pitches to the DNC members who are running in and out of conference rooms for party business meetings.

    The fact that nobody knows who will win the close race has heightened the atmosphere.

    “It’s not going to be decided on the first ballot,” said Michael White, a DNC member from the Northern Mariana Islands who was wearing a traditional Mwarmwar head wreathe. “Despite what people say about the undesirability of backroom deals, I’m certain there will be some.”

    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. Of those, Ellison leads with 105 supporters to Perez’s 57. The remaining candidates have fewer than a dozen supporters each, while more than 50 DNC members were undecided.
    “I have so much faith in Keith because he’s an incredible organizer,” said Melissa Byrne, an Ellison supporter and candidate for vice chair who led Sanders’s national digital operations. “I’m hugely behind Keith and expect him to pull out a really strong victory on Saturday.”

    But an Associated Press count put Perez in the lead with 205 votes — only 19 shy of a majority. Ellison had 153 votes in that survey.

    The Perez campaign has said it has 180 firm supporters. His backers say that Perez has more than 205 votes, putting him within striking range of the 224 needed to win.

    Asked why his candidate would win, Perez supporter Gilberto Hinojosa had a one-word explanation: “Momentum.”

    In an interview with The Hill Thursday, Hinojosa hinted at a major development coming in the race. Moments later televisions across the hotel cut to South Carolina Democratic Chairman Jaime Harrison announcing he would drop out of the race for DNC chair and back Perez.

    Harrison later headed to the 73rd floor for a quiet lunch at the Sundial, a swanky revolving restaurant at the top of the hotel overlooking downtown Atlanta that makes a full revolution every hour.

    “Sunday can’t come soon enough,” he said.

    Most DNC members aren’t buying the vote counts of either candidate, believing the race to be fluid while support for the candidates is soft.

    The fierce race between the two has provoked speculation that neither will achieve a majority and that their supporters might rally around an alternative third candidate, rather than see their foe win.

    The tensions have even reached some of the party’s leading figures. When former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Perez, he provoked a public rebuke from Sanders, who has vocally backed Ellison.

    The battle lines between the Perez and Ellison factions could give Buttigieg an opening.

    “They need a majority, which from what I can tell they still haven’t been able to do,” Buttigieg told The Hill. “If they did, they would have called us with a list and they haven’t. That means they don’t. So as long as that remains the case, there is going to be a lane for an alternative candidate and what’s really encouraging for us is we’ve had people from every camp say they like us and they might come to us.”

    The good news for Democrats is that everyone interviewed by The Hill said they would fully support whoever wins DNC chair, even if the winner wasn’t their preferred candidate.

    The proxy war between Ellison’s supporters on the left and the centrist Democrats who back Perez isn’t roiling the DNC internally, members say.

    Still, the fight hovers over the DNC campaign.

    “I worry it will be a close election,” said David McDonald, an undecided DNC member from Seattle. “The question is which of the two can handle the aftermath of the close election better in terms of being able to consolidate the other person’s base. I don’t have a good handle in my mind as to which of the two can best deal with the disaffected part of base and bring them in.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/320912-dnc-chair-campaigns-scramble-ahead-of-tight-vote
     
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    Are Dems ready to commit suicide and choose Ellison as chair?

    By Thomas Lifson

    Dems are forming a circular firing squad.

    McClatchy:

    Frustrated by the party's performance on Capitol Hill and emboldened by the mass protests against President Donald Trump, a coalition of progressive groups say they are open to supporting primary challengers next year against Democratic members of the House and Senate – even if many inside the party believe that intra-party races might ultimately only help the Republican Party gain more power.​

    The organizations, many run by former members of Bernie Sanders' insurgent presidential campaign, say they haven't drafted a list of targets just yet. But they vow to recruit, fund and support intra-party challengers if Democratic lawmakers don't start doing more to oppose the new president and his congressional Republican allies.​

    But not to worry: the party can just abandon primaries wherever they matter.

    The Observer:

    South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison called for the Democratic Party to anoint incumbents in states that Trump won, thereby avoiding primaries under the false pretense of "purity tests." On top of being necessary to American democracy, primaries provide incumbents the opportunity to engage their base and bring new voters into the party. Under Harrison, South Carolina Democrats suffered their biggest losses in the State House since Reconstruction, and Democrats have failed to gain other elected offices across the state.​

    Harrison and other establishment Democrats calling for blind loyalty do so to exploit Trump and Republicans as political weaponry. The consensus among DNC chair candidates is that party unity—i.e., progressives falling in line—is a more effective opposition than making reforms to facilitate unity

    My take is that they are in a serious crisis. It looks as though the establishment wants to select Perez, and if he gets DNC chair, the Ellison faction may revolt.

    Rick Moran adds:

    Editor Lifson is correct – to a point. The Dems have to decide what form their total opposition to Trump will take. Choosing the radical-left Ellison would send a far more powerful anti-Trump message than selecting Perez, who is pretty much what passes for a mainstream Democrat these days even if he's Hispanic.​

    Since the DNC is largely made up of "mainstream" Hillary-supporting Democrats, I don't think the party is quite ready to commit suicide and choose Ellison. Whether they revolt, as Thomas suggests, depends on Ellison himself and how he would take his defeat.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog...mmit_suicide_and_choose_ellison_as_chair.html
     

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    How far left are the Democrats going?

    The Democratic National Committee is meeting this week to choose a new leader, and the likely election of either of the two leading candidates, Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison and former Obama labor secretary Tom Perez, would confirm "another hard-left turn" for the party, as Investors Business Daily writes...................

    Both far-left lawyers who have little respect for the Constitution and have advocated a range of extreme-left views completely out of touch with the mainstream of American thinking. In short, great candidates to head today's leftward-surging Democratic Party.

    ... The battle for the DNC is emblematic of what's going on across the Democratic Party, both in Congress and in the states. Moderates are purged, conservative Democrats are nonexistent, and the party's leaders seem intent on turning it into a party of hard socialism as quickly as possible.

    ... Heck, even Bill Clinton, a moderate-progressive president who actually reached out to the opposing party to get things done, looks plainly uncomfortable among this generation of hyper-ideological party leaders.​

    Investors notes Obama's "legacy" of "political defeat," in Congress and the states, and notes that the Democrats "seem eager to move even further" in the direction of "Obama-style progressivism."

    Contrasted with the Democrats' move to "double-down on Obama's policy mistakes," the Trump "economic agenda" is getting a "thumbs up" from business, investors, and consumers. Another recent Investors editorial observes that "[o]utside the beltway, it's morning in America again":
    • "Nearly double the share" of business executives are optimistic about the economy than "just one year ago. And it's the highest level since this survey began seven years ago."
    • Another survey found that "optimism among small businesses ... is the highest it's been in more than 12 years."
    • "The Dow immediately spiked after the November election and has climbed more than 13% since."
    • An index of individual optimism is "the highest it's been since October 2004."
    As Investors writes, all that optimism is bound to provide "an immediate jolt" to investment, job creation, and consumer spending, adding that:

    These results also highlight the glaring disconnect between elite opinion and the views of Main Street. While media pundits, fat-cat corporate CEOs and urban liberals are wailing and gnashing their teeth over Trump's election, the general public understands that his victory provides genuine hope that the economic malaise Obama inflicted on the country will soon be over.

    The Never-Trumpers can't bring themselves to admit any of this, for obvious reasons. But if there's bigger news since Trump's surprise November victory than the dramatic increase in hope across the land, we'd like to see it.​

    Continuing with commentary at Investors.com, Douglas MacKinnon adds another reason why Democrats are "petrified of Donald Trump":

    Not because they buy into the hate-filled rhetoric of the far left, but rather because they realize he is baiting the Democratic Party and its allies into showing they are the party of intolerance and that his populist message is reaching a larger and larger audience. A message that will continue to peel away blue-collar Democrats and union voters to the point where the midterm election is going to be a nightmare for the Democrats.​

    While the liberal left has warned of primary threats to more moderate Democrats, its reliance on identity politics is failing:

    Identity politics has become the coin of the realm within the Democratic base and particularly with the activists, and it is out of step with the mainstream of America, and that is why Donald Trump was able to blow a hole in it and reject that way of thinking.​

    The Washington Post, in a moment of self-reflection, writes that demographics and identity politics are not likely to succeed for the Democrats in the near future, either. The Post notes that reliance on targeted demographics and "unwavering ideologies" is not going to help Democrats "dig themselves out of a big hole."

    In the face of failing post-Obama identity politics, the Democrats are going with hard-left national leadership to match the hard-left intolerance of their radical rank and file, even as everyday Americans see a chance to better their lives with the boom in Trump-era economic optimism.

    If the Trump agenda can turn that economic optimism into economic growth, the Democrats could be lost in the hard-left wilderness, as Victor Davis Hanson, writing at National Review, observes:

    If Trump's agenda hits 3 percent GDP growth or above by 2018, then his critics – progressive shock troops, Democratic grandees, mainstream media, Never Trump Republicans – will either shift strategies or face prolonged irrelevance.​

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/02/how_far_left_are_the_democrats_going_.html
     
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    Given his extensive track record of extremism, is it any wonder that this man would again position himself on the cutting edge of left-wing nuttery -- especially given the prevailing mood of his party's irate base? The 'resist!' crowd is dominant and ascendant within Democratic politics these days, and Keith Ellison is happily serving up piping hot takes to the hungry grassroots. From last night's wild DNC chairmanship debate:

    CNN: Congressman Ellison, three of your colleagues in the House, Maxine Waters, Jamie Raskin, and Joaquin Castro, have people publicly raised the specter of impeaching President Trump. Do you stand with them or with House Leader Nancy Pelosi who believes impeachment talk is premature?​

    ELLISON: I think that Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment. I mean on day one — (APPLAUSE) — on day one, he was in violation of the emollients clause. This is a part of the Constitution that says as President, you can’t get payments from a foreign power. The day people checked into his hotel and started paying him, who were foreign dignitaries, he was in violation of that law. There’s already a lawsuit filed against him. And right now, it’s about only Donald Trump. It is about the integrity of the presidency.​

    Bear in mind that Ellison isn't some fringe wacko within the context of this contest. He's got the backing of major party figures from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, to Harry Reid, to Elizabeth Warren, to Bernie Sanders -- whose Twitter feed remains a raging cartoon of Socialist ranting. His primary opponent is former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez, another dyed-in-the-wool lefty, and the race is reportedly very close:

    Perez, who was encouraged by Obama administration officials to run for the post, has emerged as the apparent front-runner, with independent Democratic strategists tracking him at about 205 votes. But it's not yet clear whether Perez or Ellison — or one of six other long-shot candidates — is positioned to capture the required majority of the 447-member national party committee. The strategists spoke on condition of anonymity because many DNC members they track do not want the vote count discussed publicly. Ellison, backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters, has the support of about 153 members, the strategists said. Ellison spokesman Brett Morrow blasted the count as "totally inaccurate" and said his camp remains "incredibly confident."​

    As for the "I-word," Ed Morrissey writes at HotAir that (absent some major revelation of solidly impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors), this is a dead-end fever dream:

    "Democrats lost their fourth straight House election, so they control no committees, have no influence on floor votes, and have no hope of getting the process started at all, let alone winning an impeachment vote. All this does is escalate expectations on the Left while leaving voters in the middle with the distinct — and accurate — perception that Democrats have lost their minds." ABC News' Rick Klein suggests that the return of impeachment talk -- which was rarely uttered by Republicans during President Obama's term, yet was cited by lefties as evidence of the GOP's radicalism and racism -- could end up being a political boon to Trump and his party:​

    Ellison is not the first to go there; the first such calls started even before the inauguration. Cue the outrage on the right, along with the pressure from the left to go at least as far as the next possible party chair is going. But as an organizing principle, demanding impeachment hardly counts as real direction for the Democratic Party. It’s a sideshow for the opposition party – and a gift for Republicans who can still use fresh reasons to get behind a polarizing president.

    I'll leave you with this incredible flashback to House Democrats' fake impeachment hearings in the basement of the Capitol during the second Bush administration. It took them years to reach that level of derangement back then. Now a top contender for their party's chairmanship is endorsing a serious impeachment pursuit one month into Trump's presidency. Of course, Ellison is a wild-eyed impeachment enthusiast, and not a credible person. Perfect for the current flavor of the Democratic Party, in other words. Between his serious, extensive baggage and radical impulses, the RNC should be running a shadow campaign to boost Ellison.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybe...ir-candidates-hey-lets-impeach-trump-n2289671
     
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    I think they just want high ratings on their version of, and portrayal on Reality TV.
     
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    Lets not forget there are plenty of Establishment Republicans that share the Left's desire to impeach President Trump. If it ever came down to a vote there might just be enough Republicans like Ryan to get on board the impeachment train.
     
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    I don't get why this is even a fight. Ellison seems far more representative of the Democrat party today than anyone else out there... :dunno:

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    so lemme guess, they are trying to out communist each other
     
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    They probably think they're choosing the next leader that will be able to convince the average American citizen that they have relevance. Don't interrupt. Let them follow their instincts.

    Of course, I felt the same way about the RNC and its activities during the primaries.
     
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    So it's a contest over who's the biggest anti American and whether the left is ready to commit to that truth or not.
     
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    They have no bench! No up-and-comers! The face of the party is old bag Pelosi and Chuckles the Clown! Other members of the party who are getting most of the media attention are spewing hate and division any time they get in front of a camera! I would "never" take the enemy too lightly, however, this party's time has just about come and gone. Once Trump gets 2-3 accomplishments, he'll be unstoppable. The few who could actually speak up and try to help them are too scared to because of 2018 just around the corner! No, this party is in its death-throws. Save My Life I'm Going Down For the Third Time!
     
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    Is it bad that I'm hoping for a huge sink hole under that hotel tonight or tomorrow morning.
     
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    And......................... it's the Hispanic guy by a nose!! He immediately appointed Ellison as Deputy Chair. Because........................ no one loses in liberal-land lol!!
     
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    I would have preferred Ellison for obvious reasons.

    Did/does Ellison have ties to the Moslem Brotherhood?

    Maybe Perez should think about sleeping with one eye open and get a food taster.
     
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    I guess my sinkhole didn't happen.
    To bad.
     
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    Gee, let me think... Tom Perez is a hand-picked Hillary flack, and Donna Brazile was involved in the proceedings... What are the odds... :whistling:

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    I'm shocked that the black man didn't get the job.

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