Democratic Socialists had a good day yesterday
November 5th made it official. Bozeman is once again a mecca of socialism due to the City Commission election. ‘
It’s only a matter of time before straws will not be outlawed in Bozeman.
Not since the days of Steve Kirchhoff, Marsha Youngman and Joe Frost have we had such committed leftists running the politics of Bozeman.
I've been to Bozeman many decades ago. I just can't picture it having anything to do with socialism.
In mid-2016 the DSA has less than two dozen elected officials and barely 10,000 members.
As of May, they have about 95 elected officials, from local seats to Congress, and over 50,000 members.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, DSA candidates have had more success in purple states and cities than in blue ones.
Of the baker’s dozen candidates endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America’s national committee, at least three won their seats, in cities like Philadelphia and Charlottesville, with a fourth on the cusp of eking out a victory in San Francisco. The victories — several of which were in purple states with a record of supporting more-moderate candidates — are both symbolic and historic for a surging group that has sometimes struggled to fully execute its organizing power.
...Another DSA candidate also picked up a win on the city council in Charlottesville, Virginia — the site of the violent neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in 2017 that left a 32-year-old woman dead. The candidate, Michael Payne, is a longtime Charlottesville DSA member who has helped organize counterprotests against the white supremacist group led by Richard Spencer.
...DSA members not endorsed by the national committee also won city council seats in Medford and Lansing; in Virginia — where Democrats won a majority of seats in the state legislature and turned every branch of the state blue for the first time in 26 years — delegate Lee Carter, a DSA member, won reelection.
Carter defeated the most powerful Republican in the Virginia legislature in 2017.
The most interesting victory of all was in the Philadelphia City Council.
Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks on Tuesday scored an unprecedented victory for a Philadelphia City Council at-large seat effectively reserved for non-Democrats, becoming the first candidate from outside the two major parties to win a seat in the 100 years since Council adopted a modern legislative structure.
“For the first time in seven decades, we broke the GOP. … We beat the Democratic establishment,” Brooks told a raucous crowd of supporters. “They said a black single mom from North Philly wasn’t the right person, but we have shown them that we are bigger than them.”
When she says "We beat the Democratic establishment", she means it.
This was the headline at the Intercept one day earlier.
Over the last few months, the city’s bosses have threatened to remove party committee members who back the third-party candidates from their posts within the party. (It’s unclear what steps the party would take to confront rank-and-file or at-large officials who don’t hold leadership positions but decided to back non-Democrats. Ward leaders risk losing their titles.)
...The twist is that Brooks and O’Rourke are each running for two at-large seats reserved for minority parties — meaning that Democrats aren’t eligible for either one. What it comes down to, in the view of the Democratic establishment, is that voting for independents could siphon votes away from five Democratic candidates running for blue at-large seats...
Democrats also appear to be applying the policy against supporting non-Democratic candidates selectively. Outgoing Council Member Jannie Blackwell, a high-ranking Democrat who also serves as leader for the 46th Ward, encouraged committee members at an event last month to support At-Large Republican Council Member David Oh for reelection Tuesday.
Once again, the Democratic Party establishment would rather see a Republican win than a leftist.