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'Gatekeeper Mentality' of DCCC Blacklist Adding to Divisions Within Democratic Party

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/02/gatekeeper-mentality-dccc-blacklist-adding-divisions-within-democratic-party


Leadership of the DCCC need to be primaried. Every damned one of them

This is from 2017. Don’t know if it’s still accurate:

DCCC 2018 Leadership Team

  • Recruitment Chair: Denny Heck
  • Recruitment Vice-Chair : Rep. Katherine Clark
  • Finance Co-Chairs : Reps. Don Beyer & Suzan DelBene
  • Frontline Chair : Rep. Annie Kuster
  • WomenLEAD Co-Chairs : Reps. Val Demings, Debbie Dingell, Lois Frankel
  • Nat’l Chair for Candidate Services : Rep. Jan Schakowsky
  • TEAM Co-Chairs : Reps. Dan Kildee, Raul Ruiz, Norma Torres
  • Partners & Allies Council Co-Chairs : Reps. Jim Himes, Richie Neal, Terri Sewell, Joaquin Castro
  • Labor Council Co-Chairs : Reps. Mark Pocan & Bobby Scott
  • LGBT Council Co-Chairs : Reps. Jared Polis & Mark Takano



The old guard living on the last of its 1950s intellectual fat needs to move on. They can not solve the problems they created with the same sthinking.


We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

,Albert Einstein


Rep. Cheri Bustos’ ‘new’ (2019) corporate leadership team looks a lot like the old corporate leadership team…


This is nothing less than the useless swamp dwelling Dem loser/centrist consultant class protecting their turf and blocking out progressives. It is gross.


“But we can make lots of money by doing it.”


‘The DCCC “will not conduct business with, nor recommend to any of its targeted campaigns, any consultant that works with an opponent of a sitting member of the House Democratic Caucus.”’

How very conservative of the DCCC! Oh, the irony!


Sounds like a rich people’s boycott of the merely somewhat wealthy if they should become a “traitor to their class”, as the Republicans called Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Maybe all those rich people could sing old union songs together. “Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever,Solidarity forever, for the moolah makes us strong!” They are deathly afraid of younger pro consultants who become scab breakaway entrepreneurs, who then support the democratic wing of the Democratic Party.


This is why we need a 3rd, 4th, and 5th party. The stranglehold of the 2 parties is totally undemocratic.


meet the new boss, same as the old boss


same crap, different bottle


I many here won’t agree with me, but I think there are enough democratic socialist types, liberals, and progressives in the party to have a party split, as long as there is an Independent and Green Party cohort that merge.
Call it the Liberal Democrats or whatever is suitable.
If voting is the process instead of revolution, there is a lot to do to get the voting right.


Actually, we don’t need to wait until male incumbents die, we just need to elect a GOP candidate for one cycle. :slight_smile:


That won’t solve the problem. Just like with Trump, they’d prefer one of ‘their’ kind to a progressive. They are virtual Republicans. And in the next election they’d rig the vote for ‘their’ Democrat anyway, like they did twice with Tim Canova’s runs against Wasserman-Schultz. We need to open up our election system to many parties so that more people are represented and the parties have to form coalitions. Of course we need to make major changes to the voting system as well. But for now we need to mobilize to defeat the incumbents they are protecting.


Hey, they want to be gatekeepers… look at the hinges, the ties, the latches, the gate itself and what it hangs on. Gate keepers are ‘hangers on’. Make them strategically irrelevant - AOC’s idea of the lobbying ban looks like it could use a grass roots push across the country.

Here is the text of S.601 introduced by Scott of Florida:

Shown Here:

Introduced in Senate (02/28/2019)

1st Session

S. 601

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit former Members and elected officers of Congress from lobbying Congress at any time after leaving office.


February 28, 2019

Mr. Braun (for himself and Mr. Scott of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit former Members and elected officers of Congress from lobbying Congress at any time after leaving office.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Banning Lobbying And Safeguarding Trust Act” or the “BLAST Act”.

SEC. 2. Prohibiting former Members and officers of Congress from lobbying Congress.

(a) Prohibition.—Section 207(e) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

“(1) MEMBERS AND ELECTED OFFICERS OF CONGRESS.—Any person who is a Senator, a Member of the House of Representatives, or an elected officer of the Senate or the House of Representatives and who, after that person leaves office, knowingly makes, with the intent to influence, any communication to or appearance before any Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress or any employee of any other legislative office of Congress, on behalf of any other person (except the United States) in connection with any matter on which the former Senator, Member, or elected official seeks action by a Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress, in his or her official capacity, shall be punished as provided in section 216.”.

(b) Technical and conforming amendments.—Section 207(e)(2) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in the heading, by striking “Officers and staff” and inserting “Staff”;

(2) by striking “an elected officer of the Senate, or”;

(3) by striking “office or”; and

(4) by striking “former elected officer or”.

© Applicability.—The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to an individual who leaves office on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.


This is the Democratic Party thinking that progressives, people of color, and a majority of women will vote blue because they have no other choice. They seem to forget that the other option is to stay home which is what they will do en masse if the leadership keeps up with this enthusiasm crushing male ruminant scatology.


The power structure of the Democratic party doesn’t realize there has been a paradigm shift among voters that cost the 2016 election. The radical policy of neo-liberalism, which the press calls “moderate” or “centrist” has not worked for a huge portion of the population, especially younger people. Coupled with the urgency of climate change, voters don’t want status quo candidates. Republicans understand this and are cynically using it to promote their radical destructive agenda. If Democrats continue to ignore this shift, they will continue to be marginalized politically and our steep descent into decline and chaos will accelerate.


I said this about Hillary Clinton’s sense of entitlement to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016: In a democracy there is no such thing as my “turn” for an office. This is not pre-school. It ain’t bean bag. It’s about who the people WANT to be their leaders, the established order be damned!


Hopefully complaints about right wing democrats from the most popular members of that party, will discourage liberals for voting for right wing democrats. When they are replaced by republicans, then actual progressives can be elected in their stead in following elections, and changes can finally begin…not before then. Don’t worry about the interim - republican victories will remain a reality regardless, until this happens.

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