Progressive insurgency in the Democratic Party keeps growing
Sure, I know most of you have completely given up on the Dems.
Nevertheless, it's still a good thing by anyone's measure to see the Democratic establishment forced to have to publicly fight it's own base's demands for reform.
The coalition of college Democrats chapters pledging to #BoycottDCCC has grown to 75 chapters nationwide. And now, we're asking for a meeting with @RepCheri after she backed out of a meeting with progressive groups last week. Read more here --> https://t.co/bGfW9veuqD @dccc pic.twitter.com/kuGubjzB32
— Harvard Democrats (@HarvardDems) May 20, 2019
Led by the Harvard College Dems, more than 70 chapters of the College Democrats of America, the youth outreach arm of the Democratic National Committee with over 100,000 college and university members, are boycotting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after the group decided to implement a new policy that would protect incumbents from primary challenges. And the DCCC won’t even meet with the College Democrats over the change.
College Democrats can make or break an election. They're one of the largest groups of people who canvass and phone-bank for candidates, they do massive voter-registration drives on college campuses, and they're a pipeline for future campaign managers, staffers, and politicians.
...Unsurprisingly, the DCCC isn’t budging to progressives asking for their policy to not be implemented; according to New York Magazine, “protecting incumbents is a core part of [DCCC’s] mission,” given that incumbents tend to win elections at higher rates than political newcomers. What is surprising, is that the leaders of the DCCC don’t seem to be taking College Democrats seriously, Hank Sparks, the president of the Harvard College Democrats, told MTV News, as the DCCC is still refusing to meet with the group. DCCC also did not respond to a request for comment from MTV News.
The arrogance and sense of entitlement by the Democratic Party establishment astounds even me.
Progressive groups are drawing up a list of 20 corporate Dems in blue districts to knock off next year. If they come anywhere close to success, it would put the Fear Of Gawd into the arrogant f*cks in the Democratic leadership.
But in an early tabulation by The Associated Press, there were 260 declared House Democratic challengers through May this year. Of those, 103, or 40%, were in districts with sitting Democrats, not GOP-held or open seats.
...Those most mentioned include Lipinski and Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, among Congress’ few anti-abortion Democrats. Activists’ hit list also includes Reps. Stephen Lynch and Richard Neal of Massachusetts, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.
The New York City area seems ground zero for possible targets. They include Democratic Reps. Yvette Clarke, Kathleen Rice, Tom Suozzi and Carolyn Maloney, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, who’s playing a central role in Democrats’ investigations into Trump.
“We need to focus on defeating President Trump, keeping the House and gaining the Senate. This is just taking away from that,” said Lipinski.
OK, admit it. If a bunch of corporate Dems are complaining that the progressive insurgency is drawing attention away from Russiagate and toward actual representation, can anyone here say that this is a bad thing?
Another measuring stick for the progressive insurgency is the Democratic Socialists of America, which has gone from 6,000 members in 2015 to 60,000 in 2019, and the number of local chapters had increased from 40 to 181.
Just a few weeks ago five members of the (DSA) won seats on Chicago’s City Council.