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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:44 pm

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Democrats Plan to Name Lobbyists, Operatives as Superdelegates

The Democratic Party this week plans to name 75 people including lobbyists and political operatives to leadership posts that come with superdelegate votes at its next presidential convention, potentially aggravating old intraparty tensions as it struggles to confront President Donald Trump.

The new members-at-large of the Democratic National Committee will vote on party rules and in 2020 will be convention delegates free to vote for a primary candidate of their choice. They include lobbyists for Venezuela’s national petroleum company and for the parent company of Fox News, according to a list obtained by Bloomberg News. At least three of the people worked for either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in 2016 while also casting ballots as superdelegates.

The superdelegate system has been a focus of complaints from supporters of Sanders, the Vermont senator who challenged Clinton, and activists on the left, who have said the party’s nominating system is rigged in favor of corporate interests. While most superdelegates are elected to a public or party office, the at-large DNC members are chosen by party leaders.

The appointment of active corporate lobbyists as at-large members of the 447-member Democratic National Committee has aroused controversy in the past.

“I will register my customary objections" to the selection of at-large members, said Christine Pelosi, a California-based vice-chair of the DNC who in February authored a proposal to bar the appointment of corporate lobbyists as superdelegates. The national committee voted down her proposal.


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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:53 pm

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Shakeup at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted ...

Complaints began immediately after party officials saw a list of Perez' appointments to DNC committees and his roster of 75 "at-large" members, who are chosen by the chair.

The removal and demotion of a handful of veteran operatives stood out, as did what critics charge is the over-representation of Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, which helps set the terms for the party's presidential primary, though other Sanders and Ellison backers remain represented.

Those who have been pushed out include:
Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic chairman and longtime DNC official who ran against Perez for chair before backing Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., lost his spots on the Executive Committee and DNC Rules Committee;

James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders backer, is no longer co-chair of the Resolutions Committee and is off the Executive Committee, a sport he has held since 2001;

Alice Germond, the party’s longtime former secretary and a vocal Ellison backer, who was removed from her at-large appointment to the DNC; and

Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC who supported Ellison and Buckley, was tossed from the Executive Committee


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Post by Orlylicious » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:29 pm

It's all in how you report it.
DNC chairman aims for diversity with delegate nominations
By Jonathan Easley - 10/17/17 10:34 PM EDT

Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez has nominated 75 people to become new at-large DNC members, including a transgender woman and a woman protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to a list obtained by The Hill. In an email sent to DNC members on Tuesday ahead of this week’s DNC gathering in Las Vegas, Perez unveiled his slate of new nominees with the aim of building a party that the new chairman hopes will draw a distinction between his priorities and those of President Trump.

A Democratic source told The Hill that Perez’s nominees would double the number of millennials and Native Americans currently represented at the DNC. It will also increase the DNC’s LGBT presence and representation from Puerto Ricans, at a time when Trump has been criticized for his response to the hurricane that has devastated the island territory.

Perez’s delegate slate also includes Ellie Perez, a so-called Dreamer — an immigrant brought to the U.S. without legal permission as a child — from Arizona, and Marisa Richmond, a transgender African-American woman. If Perez’s slate of delegates is approved, it would bring the total number of unions represented by at-large DNC members to 21, which the source said was the highest mark in years.

“This year’s slate of at-large DNC member nominees reflects the unprecedented diversity of our party’s coalition,” DNC national press secretary Michael Tyler said in a statement to The Hill. “This slate doubles millennial and Native American at-large representation, provides unprecedented representation for our allies in the labor community, and increases the presence of Puerto Rican at-large members at a time when the Trump administration refuses to take responsibility for the millions of Americans who are still suffering through a major humanitarian crisis.”
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Post by TollandRCR » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:47 pm

Perez just does not get it. Lobbyists on the DNC!


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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:57 pm

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D.N.C. Chair Purges Dissenters in Surprise Shake-Up ...

To add insult to injury, Perez also tapped several individuals who have lobbying or corporate-interest backgrounds—a move that has sparked criticism in the past. The pack of new delegates includes Joanne Dowdell, a registered lobbyist for Fox News parent company News Corp; Harold Ickes, a veteran of the Clinton White House; and Manuel Ortiz, a lobbyist for CITGO Petroleum Corp and Puerto Rican interests. At least 10 additional Perez-tapped superdelegates have previously been registered as lobbyists, Bloomberg reports.

D.N.C. spokesman Michael Tyler defended the chairman’s appointments. “This year's slate of at-large DNC member nominees reflects the unprecedented diversity of our party’s coalition,” he said in a statement to NBC News. “This slate doubles millennial and Native American at-large representation, provides unprecedented representation for our allies in the labor community, and increases the presence of Puerto Rican at-large members at a time when the Trump administration refuses to take responsibility for the millions of Americans who are still suffering through a major humanitarian crisis.”


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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:11 pm

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DNC Chair Tom Perez Gives Up on Unity, Rewards Loyalists ...

Supporters of Ellison and Sen. Bernie Sanders are drastically underrepresented in Perez’s selections, and the nominations are weighted toward loyalists to Perez and Hillary Clinton. Former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile was nominated for an at-large position and appointed to the Rules and Bylaws Committee—a divisive pick given Brazile’s record of violating the DNC Charter during the 2016 primaries at the benefit of Hillary Clinton. CNN severed ties with Brazile after leaked emails revealed she tipped off the Clinton campaign to difficult questions preceding a CNN debate and town hall. No Sanders supporters were appointed to the rules and bylaws committee.

Several former and current lobbyists received DNC appointments and nominations, outnumbering those given to Sanders supporters. Jeff Berman, a former lobbyist for the private prison company GEO Group and the Keystone XL pipeline, received an appointment as a DNC at-large member. Jaime Harrison, a former coal lobbyist who ran for DNC chair and endorsed Perez after dropping out, was nominated for an Executive Committee at-large member position. Joanne Dowdell, a senior executive in the lobbying division for Fox News’ parent corporation, News Corp, was nominated to be an at-large member and appointed to the Resolutions Committee. Registered lobbyists Calla and Roxanne Brown were nominated to be at-large members. Clinton fundraiser and registered lobbyist Tonio Burgos was appointed to the DNC Finance Committee. Minyon Moore and Maria Cardona, senior officials at the lobbying firm Dewey Square, received an Executive Committee at-large and DNC at-large member nomination. Daniel Halpern was chosen to serve as co-chair of the DNC Finance Committee. As chairman of the Georgia Restaurant Association, Halpern played an active role in shutting down a bill that would have increased Georgia’s state minimum wage.

Several Clinton insiders received DNC positions as well. Former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff Harold Ickes and Hillary Clinton Advisor Tony Coelho received committee appointments. Former Ready For Hillary National Finance Co-Chair Francisco Domenech was nominated to an at-large position, despite his formal support last year for Republican Jenniffer Gonzalez‘s bid for Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner. Hillary Clinton’s Nevada and Colorado state director, Emmy Ruiz, was nominated for an at-large position. Clinton campaign staffers Ellie Perez, Craig Smith, and Cristobal Alex were also nominated.

In his appointments, Perez clearly favored the party’s establishment. Rather than work with progressives to achieve unity, his tenure as DNC chair embodies the fall-in-line attitude that party leaders have exhibited toward the grassroots base of the party since Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.


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Post by Slartibartfast » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:20 am

If anyone needed any more evidence of the incompetence and lack of transparency of the Democratic party, here it is.

Edited to add tone deafness too. also.


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Post by Addie » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:02 pm

Union Leader
NH Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley wins back coveted seat on DNC Executive Committee

MANCHESTER -- New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley of Manchester politically came off the mat Friday afternoon, keeping a coveted seat on the Executive Committee of the national party during its fall meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

State party officials confirmed that Buckley won one of two elected seats on the prestigious panel two days after Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez had removed him from the slate of Executive Committee members who are appointed.

Marcel Groen, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, won the other elected spot.

BuzzFeed reported Buckley had edged out James Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute and a Bernie Sanders supporter whom Perez had also snubbed.

The seat Buckley won has a four-year term for this panel that manages party functions.


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Politico
DNC imposes new restrictions on corporate donations

LAS VEGAS – The Democratic National Committee on Saturday unanimously approved a resolution banning donations from corporate contributors whose work conflicts with the party platform.

The proposal, introduced by California member Christine Pelosi, would likely target businesses such as payday lenders and potentially others like gun manufacturers.

An earlier version of the proposal failed at previous DNC meetings amid broader tensions between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, as well as questions about which industries would be covered by the ban.

The topic of contributions to the party has long been fraught: no donations from federal lobbyists had been allowed during most of President Barack Obama’s tenure, until that restriction was rolled back in 2016.

But the easy passage of Pelosi’s measure on Saturday provided a quiet conclusion to a previously controversial fight.


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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:30 am

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DNC reeling financially after brutal 2016

Party officials face a daunting rebuilding effort and worries about the committee's cash flow after years of atrophy.

LAS VEGAS — The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises.

Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year’s midterms and in the run-up to 2020.

Here in the halls of the Bally's hotel and casino for the DNC's fall meeting through the weekend, state committee chairs and operatives echoed a now-common concern among donors and strategists: the DNC's recovery is still a ways away, and that could have serious repercussions for the party in the coming years.

"Donors, small and large, are so over the party," said Nebraska party chair Jane Kleeb, summing up the problem facing DNC chairman Tom Perez and his counterparts in the states. Kleeb, who is working on grassroots fundraising efforts for the committee, said she believes the money will come eventually. ...

So with 2018's midterms presenting a clear opportunity for Democrats to leap forward, the worry is that they simply may not be prepared in time. While the House and Senate Democratic campaign arms — and individual candidates — are having no problem raising funds, the comparatively anemic cash flow at the central committee and state branches could affect organizing efforts on the ground across the country.


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Post by Slartibartfast » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:50 am

We can only hope that the money drying up will induce the party to dislodge its cranium from its rectum and join the 21st century by actually coming up with a plan that people are willing to support. Failing that, at least people are not wasting their hard-earned money by giving it to the current leadership of the Democratic Party.


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Post by Suranis » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:55 am

The barrel load of attacks, and general bad news leveled at the DNC last year and this year obviously had an effect.


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Suranis wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:55 am
The barrel load of attacks, and general bad news leveled at the DNC last year and this year obviously had an effect.
Technically known as the “null effect.”

“Loyalists to Perez and Hillary Clinton” scares the dickens out of me.


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Post by Mikedunford » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:19 pm

Suranis wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:55 am
The barrel load of attacks, and general bad news leveled at the DNC last year and this year obviously had an effect.
Some of those attacks were justified, others much less so. Justified or not, fair or not, those attacks are part of the reality the DNC currently faces, and they need to be dealt with in some fashion. If they’re having so difficult a time coping with the internal attacks that they’re having difficulty getting their own donor base to open their wallets, that doesn’t speak well to their ability to handle external attacks.


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Post by Suranis » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:01 pm

Honestly, I think the best thing the DNC could do at this point is change its name.


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Post by Slartibartfast » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:34 pm

Suranis wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:01 pm
Honestly, I think the best thing the DNC could do at this point is change its name.
This isn't a problem that can be solved by putting a different label on the same product. The Democrats don't need to change their brand, they need to articulate their principles and show that they will uphold them through their acts. Then comes goals, followed by strategy. Until all that is taken care of, any tactics at all are simply the noise before defeat.


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Post by Orlylicious » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:29 pm

Democrats have articulated principles, most recently with the Better Deal plan. It's also pretty much opposite of what Republicans have proposed. Are any voters unclear about that?
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Can the DNC do better? Sure but it takes time. Our candidates are amazing and money is coming in to support them.
Democrats’ early money haul stuns GOP
A historic number of well-funded candidates have flooded Republican House districts ahead of 2018.
By ELENA SCHNEIDER 10/23/2017 05:07 AM EDT
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At least 162 Democratic candidates in 82 GOP-held districts have raised over $100,000 so far this year, according to a POLITICO analysis of the latest FEC data.
By Erick Trickey

Democratic candidates are reporting historic early fundraising totals, alarming GOP strategists and raising the prospect that 2018 could feature the most expansive House battlefield in years. Animated by opposition to President Donald Trump and the Republican congressional majorities, at least 162 Democratic candidates in 82 GOP-held districts have raised over $100,000 so far this year, according to a POLITICO analysis of the latest FEC data. That’s about four times as many candidates as House Democrats had at this point before the 2016 or 2014 elections, and it’s more than twice as many as Republicans had running at this point eight years ago, on the eve of capturing the House in the 2010 wave election.

Nearly three dozen Republican incumbents were outraised by Democratic challengers in the third quarter of this year – a stunning figure. Nine GOP incumbents already trail a Democratic opponent in cash on hand, increasing the likelihood that many veteran incumbents will face tough opposition for the first time in years. The Democrats’ fundraising success, especially from a glut of candidates who have never run for office before, is unsettling to those charged with protecting the GOP majority.

“That’s something that should get every Republican’s attention in Washington,” said Jason Roe, a Republican strategist who works on House races. “These first-timers are printing money." Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), who has never gotten less than 58 percent of the vote in 12 terms in Congress, is among those suddenly facing cash-flush opposition. Three Democratic opponents outraised Frelinghuysen in the third quarter, and each has already brought in more money than any challenger Frelinghuysen has faced in a quarter-century.
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Post by Slartibartfast » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:19 pm

Orlylicious wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:29 pm
Democrats have articulated principles, most recently with the Better Deal plan.

What is the principle being articulated here? I'm not being technical, I'm making an important point. Principles are things like "all men are created equal" and everyone having the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". The Better Deal is, in my opinion, a plan that would be good if it was a part of a greater context, but, as is, I think it is merely a talking point with no serious political or policy effort behind it. It is form without substance -- the very definition of cargo cult thinking.

It's also pretty much opposite of what Republicans have proposed. Are any voters unclear about that?

Um... the vast majority of them? How many people who weren't already going to vote and vote Democratic do you think even heard of the Better Deal? How many minds did it change? What are the Democrats doing to move it forward and make it a reality?It might be the opposite of what the Republicans proposed, but every indication is that it is being executed with the same level of competence with which Obamacare repeal has been managed ever since Obamacare was enacted.

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Can the DNC do better?

They will have to do far better for me to ever consider giving them money again. Too, also, it will take deeds not words to convince me.

Sure but it takes time.

No, it takes change. Substantive and transparent change. It's like a course correction for a rocket in space. It requires thrusting perpendicular to the direction of motion (which isn't exactly subtle) and the sooner you do it, the bigger the effect. I would bet that any amount of time you name -- if significant change in the direction of the party doesn't happen -- will merely result in returning to this same place. With a bunch of jobs still needing to be done because the Democrats failed to do them.

Our candidates are amazing and money is coming in to support them.

:snippity:

I'm glad the Democrats are getting good candidates down ticket and they are able to raise money, but this only makes my original point stronger: the national party can't raise money and it is clear that it isn't because money is out there. In other words, people do not think that donating to the DNC is an effective use of their funds. I agree. If the DNC wants to change my mind, it should start thinking about how best to support all the Democratic candidates up and down the ticket (hint: with principles, not principals) and not ensuring that the people from the right factions are in control of the party machinery.

The behavior of the party leadership through the last election cycle and continuing to this latest news is clear. The party wants to be able to throw their weight behind whomever is chosen as the de facto presumptive nominee. It is a blatant slap in the face to anyone who thinks Bernie Sanders was treated badly by the DNC or that we deserve a fair process where the voters decide who they want. It is a continuation of the politics of cult of personality and the establishment's control over who the acceptable personalities are.

At this point, I would desperately like to see the Democrats not say another word about who is going to run for president or be their next candidate until right before the 2020 primaries start. I'd like to see a race with at least a half dozen viable candidates and no front runner for at least a couple of months. And in the interim, I'd like to see the Democrats talking about principles, not principals, policies, not politics, and people, not partisans.

I want to know what a Democratic president will do to repair the damage of the Trump administration and prevent future occupants of the White House from overstepping their bounds. And then what they are going to do to implement their Better Deal. And single payer health care. And universal guaranteed income. And where they intend to get the money to pay for all of that. After they've made all of that clear, then people can start explaining why they should be the one to execute that agenda and how they will go about getting it passed by Congress.

The Republicans, led by President Trump, have been putting on a show of incompetence and corruption for the ages. I can't think of a better time for the Democrats to demonstrate their integrity, their ability, their transparency, and their commitment to the working class and I'm very disappointed that I haven't seen signs of any of these.

Am I wrong to ask the Democrats to show these things with their deeds before I trust that they have really changed?


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Politico
DNC fires its top fundraiser

The Democratic National Committee dismissed its top fundraiser Thursday after just five months on the job, two Democrats familiar with the move told POLITICO.

Emily Mellencamp Smith, the party’s finance director, was let go in a shake-up of the party’s senior leadership designed to energize the party's fundraising.

“We are grateful for Emily Mellencamp Smith’s work to help build a fundraising team that will raise the funds to win in 2017, 2018 and beyond. Emily is going back to consulting and helping elect Democrats in upcoming races, including staying on in a consulting role for the DNC at this time,” said DNC press secretary Michael Tyler. ...

The committee’s slow fundraising has been a serious problem for the party since the 2016 election. Skeptical donors have stayed away from the DNC, while giving more to individual candidates and other committees. The party had just $7 million on hand heading into October, according to Federal Election Commission filings.


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The Hill interview — DNC chief: I came here to win elections

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tom Perez was only eight months into the job, but the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman’s thoughts had already turned to his legacy as he ate cornbread and barbecue chicken between campaign stops in Virginia.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and a leading progressive group declared in recent days that Perez would be judged by his ability to unite the Democratic Party, which is still dealing with deep divisions from the 2016 primary between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton.

Perez spent Sunday talking about party unity on the campaign trail, but knows he’ll be judged in the short term on the party’s electoral success. Winning, he hopes, will be a salve for party wounds until Democrats can bury 2016 once and for all.

“This is an outcomes business and legacies will be determined in no small measure by our success in winning elections,” Perez said in an interview with The Hill.

“That’s why I’m in this,” he said. “We’ve lost too many elections. I came here so we can start winning elections.”


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Post by DejaMoo » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:57 pm

“That’s why I’m in this,” he said. “We’ve lost too many elections. I came here so we can start winning elections.”
Which explains his inclusion of corporate lobbyists to the DNC. You need money to win; even more, you need to persuade powerful people and institutions that Democrats are not reflexively inimical to them. Because like it or not, you need their support to win.

I don't like it at all, but I can understand it. And accept it. I guess. If I have to.

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Post by Slartibartfast » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:35 pm

DejaMoo wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:57 pm
“That’s why I’m in this,” he said. “We’ve lost too many elections. I came here so we can start winning elections.”
Which explains his inclusion of corporate lobbyists to the DNC. You need money to win; even more, you need to persuade powerful people and institutions that Democrats are not reflexively inimical to them. Because like it or not, you need their support to win.

I don't like it at all, but I can understand it. And accept it. I guess. If I have to.

I think we need a holding-my-nose smiley.
One of the implications of Perez's comments, at least in my view, is to downplay the importance of uniting the Democratic Party in winning elections. Personally, I don't think compromising to the old guard without making any substantive changes is going to get that done. The means shape the ends you can reach.

I can understand why Perez has done what he has done too also, but I don't think this comes anywhere near "close your eyes and think about England" and I don't think anyone has to (or should) accept it any more than one should accept people like Harvey Weinstein and the institutions that protect them. If Perez can make a case as to why this is a necessary step to winning elections, and, more important, HOW the money being raised will be spent and WHY doing so will result in electoral wins, then that's great -- if his case is good enough, I would donate myself.

Thing about money is that someone's always going to have more -- in this case Putin and his oligarchs, who haven't exactly been shy about trying to use it in US elections. Money is certainly important, but until there is a plan that requires money to implement, throwing money at the problem is more or less equivalent to lighting it on fire, except it won't keep you warm.

If the Democrats truly want to win elections (and I think that's a pretty pathetic goal, as well as one of the mistakes of the Clinton campaign, by the way) I think they would do much better to focus on principles, policies, and people and to trust that once they have solid goals and a plan to achieve them that they will be able to raise the money to implement them. If they can't raise the money then either their goals or their plans weren't acceptable.

Which speaks volumes about the current state of the party, given their fundraising woes.


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I guess I interpreted Perez' words a little differently. Yes, he did say he wanted Democrats to win elections, but I heard him talk about it in terms of a desire for government policies to work for everyone and not just the rich. So, I didn't take it as the goal of winning elections being the end goal, more as something that has to be done in order to be able to work toward a more just and equitable society, which I took as being the end goal.


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RVInit wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:58 pm
I guess I interpreted Perez' words a little differently. Yes, he did say he wanted Democrats to win elections, but I heard him talk about it in terms of a desire for government policies to work for everyone and not just the rich. So, I didn't take it as the goal of winning elections being the end goal, more as something that has to be done in order to be able to work toward a more just and equitable society, which I took as being the end goal.
If that's what he meant, he needs to learn to articulate it better. The head of the DNC shouldn't need someone to tell people what he really meant. In any case, nothing I'm hearing makes me believe that he has any idea of how to win elections or achieve whatever other goals he might have. Hope I'm wrong, but I see the Democrats doing the same sort of things and I believe it will produce the same sort of results it has in the past.


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Re: Democratic National Committee (2020)

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Post by Suranis » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:07 pm

Don't assume that what is reported is everything he said. He might very well be talking about that when meeting people. You have to remember the Hill is just giving a very very small snapshot of what he is saying across the state, and probably a very biased snapshot at that.
Perez isn’t taking anything for granted, either. He has crossed the state ahead of Tuesday’s election, racking up hundreds of miles and more than a dozen stops in the race’s final days.

On Sunday, Perez started the day at La Jarochita in Manassas, a Spanish-language, buffet-style Mexican restaurant in a nondescript shopping center where working class families in the burgeoning immigrant community gather to eat after church.

“Hola, me llamo Thomas,” Perez says as he goes table to table, launching into his pitch about why Hispanics must get out to vote for Northam to send “una mensaje fuerte” — a strong message — to President Trump.

There, Perez makes the rounds with councilman Hector Cendejas. The DNC chairman is simultaneously seeking to fulfill his promise of fostering relationships with local party leaders who felt ignored under his predecessor, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

Perez has pledged that the DNC will act as more than just a vessel for the Democratic presidential nominee every four years.

“A lot of folks I meet here are surprised to hear I’m with the national party, because we haven’t shown up in the past,” Perez said. “It’s about building relationships. Success can’t be transactional.”

From there, Perez worked a grass-roots organizing event for state delegate candidate Hala Ayala in Lake Ridge, where he gave a pep talk to the three-dozen canvassers and activists who endured the rainy weather to knock on doors.

“The new Democratic National Committee is all about electing people up and down the ballot, from the school board to the White House,” Perez told the young volunteers.
Sounds like he is talking to a lot of people to me.


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