Tag Archives: Democratic Party

Why the Democratic Party is doomed

Julian Assange

Source: TwitLonger
by Julian Assange

“The Trump-Russia collusion narrative is a political dead end. Despite vast resources, enormous incentives and a year of investigation, Democratic senators who have seen the classified intelligence at CIA HQ such as Senator Feinstein (as recently as March) are forced to admit that there is no evidence of collusion. Without collusion, we are left with the Democratic establishment blaming the public for not liking the truth about what Hillary Clinton said to Goldman Sachs and blaming their own base for not liking what they said in their own emails about about fixing the DNC primaries.” (06/24/17)

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1spvqcj

Democrats to Clinton: Don’t go away mad, just go away

Source: The Hill

“Democrats say they’d like Hillary Clinton to take a cue from former President Obama and step out of the spotlight. They say her string of remarks explaining her stunning loss in November coupled with the public remarks blaming the Democratic National Committee for the defeat — which many took as also critical of Obama — are hurting the party and making the 2016 candidate look bitter. The Hill interviewed more a dozen Democrats about Clinton’s remarks, including many staunch Clinton supporters and former aides. They said they understood the need for Clinton to explain what happened in the election, and many also empathized with Clinton’s anger over former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of a probe into her private email server. But they also unanimously said Clinton needs to rethink her public blaming tour.” (06/05/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/336172-dems-want-hillary-clinton-to-leave-spotlight

Democrats weigh using debt ceiling debate to thwart GOP tax cuts

Source: Bloomberg

“Congressional Democrats might abandon their calls for raising the nation’s debt limit without any conditions, with House and Senate party leaders now discussing whether to use their leverage to try to prevent Republicans from enacting tax cuts for wealthy Americans. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled the shift Friday, telling reporters that ‘we’re not there to raise the debt ceiling to throw a few crumbs to the middle class’ and provide big cuts for the wealthy. It’s unclear how this would work in practice, but Democratic aides in both chambers said they are discussing possible strategies to tie the debt ceiling to blocking tax cuts. Such an approach would be a significant change for Democrats, who have spent the past eight years arguing that debt ceiling increases should be free from conditions, and could further complicate efforts to raise the government’s borrowing authority when the current limit is reached later this year.” [editor’s note: Whatever the motive, anything that gets in the way of a debt ceiling increase is good news – TLK] (06/03/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-03/democrats-weigh-using-debt-ceiling-debate-to-thwart-gop-tax-cuts

Biden fuels 2020 speculation with remarks, schedule

Source: The Hill

“[Former US vice president Joe] Biden, who passed on running for president last year after a lengthy period of indecision, has promised to remain involved in rebuilding the party. When it comes to a White House bid in 2020, though, he has sent mixed signals, noting that he currently has no plans to mount a campaign. And Biden’s age — he’ll be 78 by Inauguration Day in 2021 — would make him by far the oldest president ever. Still, Biden’s busy recent schedule of events and appearances suggests he hasn’t entirely ruled out another bid.” (05/22/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/334324-biden-fuels-2020-speculation-with-remarks-schedule

NH: Legislator switches from Democratic to Libertarian Party affiliation

Source: Ballot Access News

“On May 10, New Hampshire Representative Joseph Stallcop held a press conference to say he is switching party registration from Democratic to Libertarian. He represents the Cheshire County 4th district, and had been elected without opposition as a Democrat in 2016. He is 21 years old. Because the Libertarian Party now has two state representatives, it is entitled to be recognized as a caucus, with its own room in the capitol. Stallcop has become a dues-paying member of both the national and state Libertarian Parties.” (05/10/17)

http://ballot-access.org/2017/05/10/new-hampshire-legislator-switches-from-democratic-party-to-libertarian-party/

Perez draws rebuke from Pelosi after declaring Dems can’t be pro-life

Source: Fox News

“Democrats no longer have a choice about being pro-choice. So says Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who drew a swift rebuke from Republicans and a public swipe from a top leader of his own party after declaring Friday that ‘every Democrat’ should be pro-choice — no exceptions. Asked Sunday if a Democratic politician could be pro-life, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was unequivocal. ‘Of course,’ Pelosi told NBC’s ‘Meet The Press.’ ‘I have served many years in Congress with members who have not shared my very positive — my family would say aggressive — position on promoting a woman’s right to choose.'” (04/24/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/24/tom-perez-draws-rebuke-from-pelosi-after-declaring-dems-cant-be-pro-life.html

Should democratic socialists be Democrats?

Source: In These Times
by Chris Maisano and Jessie Manisto

“Bernie Sanders'[s] historic campaign for the Democratic nomination, accompanied by his unabashed embrace of the S-word, has propelled the concept of democratic socialism into the mainstream. As a result, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the only thriving descendant of the Socialist Party of Eugene V. Debs, is being rejuvenated. Since 2015, DSA membership has increased by more than 200 percent and now stands at more than 19,500. … DSA will hold its biennial convention in Chicago on August 3-6. At the top of the agenda: What is a democratic socialist strategy in the Trump era? And what does that look like in the electoral arena?” (04/20/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20034/should-democratic-socialists-be-democrats-sanders-perez-ellison-pelosi/

KS: Republican Estes wins special election for US House seat

Source: ABC News

“Republican Ron Estes has won the special election for the U.S. House seat in the 4th congressional district of Kansas, according to The Associated Press. In this conservative, rural district, which President Donald Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in November, anxious Republicans needed to make a frantic push in the campaign’s final days …. Despite the very conservative district — where a Democrat has not held a House seat since 1994 — and the last-minute GOP star power, Estes won by only a 53-45 percent margin, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.” [editor’s note: I wouldn’t categorize a 53-45 result as “tight” (the original headline characterization) or “only,” but it is an interesting shift. Oddly the story doesn’t even identify Estes’s opponent, James Thompson – TLK] (04/12/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/republican-ron-estes-wins-tight-special-election-us/story?id=46741418

New DNC chief asks for staff-wide resignations

Source: United Press International

“The new head of the Democratic National Committee began the long-promised overhaul of the organization on Tuesday, asking for the resignations of all staff members in the first step to rebuild the party after November’s demoralizing defeats. … ‘This is longstanding precedent at the DNC and has happened during multiple chair transitions,’ DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said Tuesday.” (03/28/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/03/28/New-DNC-chief-begins-asks-for-staff-wide-resignations/5621490743837/

California Democrats’ never-ending war on the poor

Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

“California Democrats frequently bloviate about helping the poor and downtrodden, yet two recent examples — a campaign by the nation’s second-largest public-school district to crush charter alternatives and new state legislation that will boost the cost of housing development — demonstrate how liberal policies can be a direct assault on the financial prospects of the state’s lowest-income residents. California’s largest school systems are bureaucratic disasters that send the most incompetent teachers to those schools in need of the best teaching help. There’s a reason parents camp out overnight to get their kids accepted into various magnet and charter schools in Los Angeles, Oakland, and elsewhere. And California has the highest poverty rate in the nation (24 percent), according to a newer Census Bureau standard that accounts for our inordinately high cost of living.” (03/09/17)

https://spectator.org/california-democrats-never-ending-war-on-the-poor/