"I did not leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left us.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (D-Fla.) primary opponent, Tim Canova, dropped out of the Democratic primary in order to run as an independent. The reason why he says he did this is interesting.
“I am not screwing the Democratic Party. It has screwed over too many ordinary Americans and it has screwed over too many progressive candidates," he said in a speech outside the Broward County Governmental Center, the Orlando Sun Sentinel reported.
Canova, a professor of law and public finance at Nova Southeastern University, called Wasserman Schultz "the albatross around this party" and a "menace" to the world.
“I have watched as my party has come to resemble a battered spousal relationship. The party regularly ignores its grass-roots base and it abuses those who, like me, challenge party incumbents," he said.
I haven't followed Canova very closely, but I think he's spot on here. It'll be interesting to see how the GOS justifies endorsing the toxic DWS for no other reason than because she has a "d" before her name and Canova doesn't.
“Even as we run as independents, I will run as a better Democrat. I did not leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left us.”
Meanwhile, the Dems are working hard to make sure that you can't vote for anyone to the left of them.
In 2016 we got to see how how arrogant and corrupt the DNC was. In 2018 it's the DCCC's turn.
The DCCC has a "red-to-blue" list of endorsed candidates in conservative districts that simply couldn't be more disgusting.
Ann Kirkpatrick cast the vote that kept Guantanamo Bay open and voted against cap-and-trade, and has been a consistent opponent of EPA air-quality measures; Jason Crow says he won't take corporate PAC money, so instead he's funded by his law firm which lobbies for casinos, fossil fuel companies (he also opposed gun control after the Aurora shooting happened on his watch in his district, having received large sums from the gun lobby) and he's the beneficiary of Bain Capital's largesse; Paul Davis voted to bar cities from enacting gun control rules, and for a ban on the use of state funds to support gun control lobbying, he's supported drug tests for welfare recipients and a corporate tax cut during the recession.
Elissa Slotkin is a hereditary millionaire who is ex-CIA, ex-Bush National Security Council, ex-Obama Department of Defense, she participated in a coverup of Reagan-funded death squads in Central America; Brad Ashford introduced bills to lower corporate taxes and ban the hiring of undocumented workers, consistently voted with Republicans when he was in Congress (including voting for repeals of Wall Street regs and Obamacare, and for the Keystone XL pipeline), he supports DACA repeal, opposed the Iran deal, and doesn't want Gitmo to ever close, and supported a bill to allow racial discrimination in auto lending.
If they were looking for candidates to get inspired by, this list isn't it.
In fact, if I was a moderate voter in these districts, I would honestly think that the Republicans might actually be better than Democrats based on these candidates.
The good news is that Democratic voters aren't taking it lying down, like they usually do. The grassroots are in revolt.
Underfunded candidates are claiming upsets. Campaigns are grappling with thousands of new voters. And the group meant to be a guiding Democrats through it all is instead at the center of a storm of criticism.
I can see this progressive revolt going on for several election cycles to come.
If the establishment thinks that all they have to do is wait this one out, they are in for a nasty surprise.