Hungry? Tom Perez's all-you-can-eat word-salad bar is open.
Great little video from The Humanist Report about Tom Perez having no clue what he's doing.
Mike Figueredo starts out by saying if there was ever a time to take the Democratic party in a radical new direction, now is the time. But what does the DNC do? They elect Tom Perez - the pro-TPP, soft-on-Wall-Street corporatist who is the poster child for the establishment. AND they vote to not overturn the ban that allows corporate lobbyists to donate to the DNC. Meanwhile, Keith Ellison sends out an email to the voters begging them for money of behalf of the Democratic Party. To top it all off, many people from the progressive wing of the party (Bernie's side) run for positions all throughout the DNC. How many are elected? Zero.
But now Tom says it is time for the Democratic party to reach out to all voters in every state so we can have this pretend unity. And this is after the Democrats shut out half the base during the election.
Next Mike shows a clip of Perez on CNN with Jake Tapper. Tapper says that Trump is now saying that the GOP is the true party of the middle-class working people and points out that Trump won the white working-class voter by a 37% margin. Tapper asks Perez "What is your plan for winning back these voters and bringing them back into the Democratic fold?"
"We lead with our values and we lead with our actions. We need to talk to them about how literally hours into the Trump administration, he was a fraud. He made it harder for first time home-buyers to buy a home hours into his administration. Days later he made it harder to save for retirement. He nominates a judge for the Supreme Court who wants to eviscerate collective bargaining.
When we lead with our value as Democrats, and talk about what we've done to make sure we're protecting social security, protecting Medicare, growing good jobs in this economy. If you want good jobs elect a Democrat. That is the message we have to communicate. A message that is true that resonates in every zip code and that's what we're going to be doing all across this nation, leading with our values, leading with the facts and that facts are that Democrats grow the middle-class, Democrats protect economic security, and we need to be communicating that message everywhere.
Talk about a word salad!
So he basically offers up two pithy slogans - Leading with our values and Leading with our actions. and then - right on cue points out how bad Trump is, what a fraud he is, what he did "hours into his administration," etc.
Where do I even begin?
Other than Big Oil, Big Pharma, Wall Street and Wars for profit, the Democratic Party doesn't have any values. Who came up with this crap? Was this slogan poll-tested?
Leading with our values, my ass!
Same thing goes for leading with our actions. Uh - your actions were to vote against reinstating the ban on corporate lobbyist donations to the DNC at a time when the electorate is sick and tired of the establishment. And this "action" is something you're proud of? For real?
And you say Democrats are growing good jobs in this economy. How? Obama supported the TPP.
And when you say " If you want good jobs elect a Democrat," I think what you really mean is "If you want a good job, move overseas, because that's where all the "good jobs' went, only to replaced by shitty jobs in the service industry - many of which aren't even full time and offer little or no benefits. And you call this "protecting economic security?" Whose economic security? Wall Street's?
And you say that the DNC needs to be more transparent? How? By having an election for DNC chair that had ballots cast in secret? And even now, if someone wants to know how the DNC members voted, they have to make an appointment to go to the DNC in Washington, only get an hour to look through everything, and can't take any cameras.
Gee that sounds like what members of Congress had to go through just to read what was in the TPP. None of what was in it was made public for the longest time. Why is everything so "secret?"
Transparent my ass!
Next, Mike Figueedo plays a little more of of the Tapper/Perez CNN interview.
Jake Tapper asks Tom Perez "I know you're probably reluctant to criticize Hillary Clinton, but are you of the opinion her campaign did not talk about those economic values sufficiently, instead - focusing on the perceived character flaws of the current president?"
"Well certainly we have to do a better job as the Democratic party of messaging what we stand for. We have to make sure that we're out there everywhere talking about how we're the party of good job creation, the party of middle class security. We're the party of inclusion. We believe diversity is our party's greatest strength. And when we lead with these values I believe we succeed.
Oh there you go with the leading with the values crap again. I'm gonna have to make that a drinking game.
Please. The Democrats have lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats, 12 governorships and 1,000 state legislative seats over the past eight years. This is your idea of success? Or have you just not been leading with your "values" over the past eight years?
And this? We're the party of inclusion. We believe diversity is our party's greatest strength.
What choo talkin' 'bout Willis? You just shut out half the base and no one from the Bernie wing holds any significant positions within the DC. "Diversity" my ass!
And now you and Keith Ellison are going on a "Democratic Turnaround tour?" Did Nancy Pelosi approve this? Because she says Democrats don't want to go in a new direction. You only turn around if you're planning on changing directions.
Quite frankly, we do need to change directions.
Starting with Nancy Pelosi:
And Chuck Schumer:
How'd that work out for ya, Chuckles?
And you, too, Corporate Cory (Booker)
And dear sweet Claire McCaskill:
Your time is coming, dear.
And Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. What can I say? You really embody everything that the Democrats value.
And it's not just Congress that needs to change. Some of these alleged "progressive" websites could use a makeover - and a thorough house-cleaning. And yes, I'm talking about you, Markos "look what I got" Moulitsas.
You don't tell the Progressives to GTFO and then later try to pretend like Democrats are just one big happy unified family. When you squashed any dissension and brought down your little ban hammer, we all got the message loud and clear.
So please forgive us if we start the revolution without you.
I think this graphic pretty much sums up how things are in the party. We are divided.
Sadly, I don't think this Democratic Turnaround tour is going to work. Actions speak louder than words, and the Democratic party isn't offering any actions - or even goals. Just a bunch of flowery empty words.
It was just like Hillary's campaign. A whole lot of nothing.
- Stronger together.
- Shared values.
- A robust plan to (fill in the blank)
- I look forward to working with Congress to (fill in the blank)
- Offering solutions.
- Raising awareness
- Empowering people
- Building a coalition
- Fighting for the middle class, Fighting for Us!
- Standing up for women
But nothing of substance, really. No actions or even a specific policy goal that people could get behind. The Democrats are all about symbolism.
It's no different than that statue of the girl staring down the Wall Street Bull at the Women's March. It was about as meaningful as when Hillary went to Wall Street and told them to "cut it out."
A symbol - that without actions means absolutely nothing.
Here's a final thought. Maybe the Democrats should stop trying to tell us what Donald Trump and the Republicans might do to us and focus instead by telling the American people what the Democrats can do for us.