Howard Dean blasted the endorsement of Keith Ellison by Chuck Schumer within the last hour. This has prompted a twitterstorm of activity mentioning him and his disapproval of the party leadership. The left has been attacking them relentlessly for not going far enough in fighting President Trump’s agenda.
Many Democrats in Washington have been going anonymously to various media outlets and trying to sound the alarms that their base is going off the deep end by now demanding the impeachment of Donald Trump. Of course the base is using completely unsubstantiated claims of Russian involvement in the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency for months now to the point that they, and outlets like CNN and Buzzfeed pushed, an elaborate 4chan prank that included hookers urinating on Donald Trump in some weird Russian plot.
Who Do the Power Brokers Support for the DNC Head?
With the CNN debate having Chris Cuomo essentially calling Keith Ellison an anti-semite Jew hater, the factions in the Democrats are jockeying hard for the DNC top spot.
The following is the full Democrat debate from the other night which has the relevent soundbite queued up for your listening pleasure:
So who is backing who?
Howard Dean and His Allies – Outside Looking In For a “Compromise” Candidate
Howard Dean is supporting Pete Buttigieg to get the top spot:
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean early Wednesday endorsed Pete Buttigieg to lead the DNC, saying the party’s leadership is “old and creaky.”
Dean had intimated his support for the South Bend, Ind., mayor earlier this week, and made the endorsement official on Wednesday morning.
Framing Buttigieg as the best-positioned outsider candidate, Dean warned on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the party will be “in trouble” without capturing the power of young voters.
Buttigieg, a Harvard-educated, Rhodes scholar and gay veteran, is just 35 years old.
“Our strongest age group that votes for us is under 35 and they don’t consider themselves Democrats. They elected Barack Obama twice, they didn’t elect Hillary Clinton but voted 58 percent for her. They don’t come out during the midterms; they don’t come out for down ballot voters,” Dean said.
“Our leadership is old and creaky, including me. We’ve got to have this guy, 36 years old, running this party.”
Buttigieg said in a tweet he was “honored” by the endorsement.
Howard Dean was incensed by Chuck Schumer’s endorsement today of Ellison:
“I think Chuck Schumer’s endorsement is the kiss of death,” Dean said at an event supporting rival DNC candidate Pete Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Ind.
“Because I had to say no to Chuck Schumer when he demanded $5 million, because I said, ‘Chuck, you’re not getting it for the DSCC; I’m putting it into local races,” Dean added, referring to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Dean, a former Vermont governor who chaired the DNC from 2005 to 2009, endorsed Buttigieg on Wednesday in a race that has been led by Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Voting for DNC chairman is slated to take place Saturday.
As DNC chairman, Dean set forth a “50-state strategy” widely credited with sweeping Democratic victories in Congress in 2006 and 2008. Dean briefly threw his name into the DNC race last year, but dropped out in December.
The battle for DNC chair has become a fight over the direction of the Democratic Party, with Ellison representing its emerging progressive wing and Perez boasting the support of former Obama administration officials.
Alan Dershowitz is leaving the party and hopes to take other “centrist” Democrats with him if Keith Ellison is the DNC chief:
Tomorrow the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will have to choose the direction of the Democratic Party, as well as its likely composition. It will be among the most important choices the DNC has ever had to make.
There has been powerful push from the hard-left of the Democratic Party, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to elect Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) chairman. If he is elected, I will quit the party after 60 years of loyal association and voting. I will become an independent, continuing to vote for the best candidates, most of whom, I assume, will still be Democrats. But I will not contribute to the DNC or support it as an institution.
The Warren/Sanders/Establishment Wing Nutcases
The establishment hard left/communists are supporting Keith Ellison for DNC head. Bernie Sanders, along with Elizabeth Warren, have been the chief proponents of the promotion of the congressman to the top spot. With Chuck Schumer’s endorsement, he gains more credibility with the Democrat establishment (which has been much more powerful and effective at tilting the scales when they really want something than their Republican counterparts).
Brent Budowsky, of Wikileaks fame (asking John Podesta if a column was going to give him a problem), had this to say:
What makes Ellison exceptional, though, is that among all the candidates for DNC chair, he most strongly believes in a bottom-up approach to political organizing, fundraising, recruitment and campaigning. It is vitally important and revealing that Ellison’s highest priorities for the DNC are voter registration, small-donor fundraising and grassroots political organizing.
Ellison, like the other major candidates, believes in uniting the Democratic Party. It is indeed noteworthy that great progressive heroes such as Sanders, Warren and Lewis stand side by side with Schumer, the current Senate Democratic leader, and former Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.), the previous Senate Democratic leader, and many others in supporting Ellison for the DNC post.
Let’s be clear what is at stake, and what is not at stake, in the DNC race.
What is not fundamentally at stake in the DNC race is the party’s commitment to progressive values. Ellison, Perez and Buttigieg are all progressives who differ, at times, on style and emphasis, but not on core principles of progressives.
The fact is that the Democratic platform of 2016 united all wings of the party behind a solid progressive agenda. Individual progressives may differ on individual planks in the platform, but are blood brothers and sisters on the big things that separate Democrats and liberals from President Trump and Republicans in Congress.
While it is often said — largely incorrectly in my view — that the DNC race is a battle between major issues that divide the Sanders and Clinton wings of the party, what is at stake is an important difference in political tactics and strategy that do represent differences between the campaign strategies of the Clinton and Sanders campaigns.
Ellison, who has reached out to all Democrats who supported both candidates for the Democratic nomination, is the pure-play practitioner of the Sanders organizational vision of campaigning — which I strongly agree with.
The political revolution that changes politics is the historic and unprecedented surge of small donors who fueled the Sanders campaign.
The other political revolution waiting to happen, which Ellison stands above all others in promoting, is an enormous voter registration drive that would expand the Democratic electorate at a time when Democratic turnout will surge in 2018 and 2020 in response to the extremism of Trump and congressional Republicans.
The so-called liberal Tea Party that is besieging congressional Republicans during the recess is healthy, profound and vital. If all of these citizens who understand the peril of Trump register to vote, volunteer to campaign and make small donations to the party, the sky is the limit for Democrats.
Ellison gets it; so do Sanders, Warren and Schumer.
The Obama-ites Backing Tom Perez
The Obama people all seem to want Perez in the top spot. They have quite a bit of clout still in the party and it is a race to see who will get the most votes between Perez and Ellison. The long identified third place contender Jaime Harrison, dropped out a few days ago and endorsed Perez (giving him approximately 20 or 30 more votes):
Tom Perez moved closer to clinching the race to chair the Democratic Party after one of his competitors dropped out and endorsed the former labor secretary — shaking up the contest two days before the election.
Harrison was a distant contender — far behind Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison. “In a former job, I whipped votes for House Democrats. I know what a path to victory looks like,” Harrison said in his email, acknowledging he couldn’t win.
But with both Perez and Ellison within striking distance of the majority of the DNC’s 447 voting members, Harrison’s support could push Perez over the edge — and make Harrison the kingmaker.
Vote-counting is nebulous, since some DNC members have not revealed their plans even privately, and there’s no reason those who have committed to support one candidate couldn’t change their minds at the last minute.
But a source close to Perez said Thursday that Harrison had about 30 supporters, and about 20 were expected to now back Perez. The source said Perez already had about 200 supporters — but cautioned that Saturday’s proceedings are hard to predict.
With several of the DNC’s 447 membership slots vacant, 442 DNC members are eligible to vote Saturday. If all do so, it will take 222 votes to win.
With all that said, it is a two man race between Tom Perez and Keith Ellison, with Howard Dean and the old guard Democrats sounding the alarms. Unfortunately for them, the social justice zealots in the Democrat party have combined with the Sanders… ehem… special people and may have enough grassroot (and establishment folks who want to curry favor with them) support to push Keith Ellison over the top. With the election tomorrow, we will know very soon.