Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Battle For DNC Chair: The Obama/Clinton Wing And The Bernie Faction

Dave Weigel noted at The Washington Post, “…outside of the DNC, progressive writers and organizers have begun to ring alarms about an Ellison defeat. On Friday morning, a number of groups that had endorsed Ellison, including, 350 Action and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, asked DNC members “to be heroes” and back the Congressman’s campaign. If Keith Ellison is DNC Chair, we can hit the ground running—and because of the pre-existing trust that exists between Keith and the grassroots, every state party would have a head start harnessing the power of the resistance.”

Officially endorsed by Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Ellison defended Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam when he was a student at the University of Minnesota Law School.

When a tape surfaced of Ellison speaking to supporters in 2010 in which he said, “The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of seven million people.  A region of 350 million all turns on a country of seven million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?” the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement in response saying Ellison’s comments were disqualifying and he was promoting anti-Semetic stereotypes which stood in contrast with the DNC position that a strong and secure Israel is vital to the interests of the United States.

The Muslim fabulist came under fire in 2007 when he declared the Bush Administration’s actions to the actions of the Nazis in 1933.  He believed President Bush had violated Americans’ civil liberties after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

During the 2006 election, Ellison was widely criticized for receiving donations from The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) which has ties to the terrorist group Hamas.

Ellison is pushing for impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Longtime Democrat loyalist, Alan Dershowitz is vehemently opposed to Ellison becoming the DNC Chair.  Dershowitz wrote:
“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-MN.) chairman.  If he is elected, I will quit the party after 60 years of loyal association and voting.” 
“My loyalty to my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to my party.  I will urge other like-minded people—centrist liberals—to follow my lead and quit the Democratic Party if Ellison is elected chairman.  We will not be leaving the Democratic Party we have long supported.  The Democratic Party will be leaving us!”
When you’ve lost Dershowitz it’s pretty much over.  Democrats are watching a slow motion disaster unfold before their very eyes.
By the time The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer left office, not only did he have to surrender the White House to Donald Trump, he had presided over the national collapse of his party. During his two terms as president his Party lost a net 13 Senate seats, 63 House seats, 9 governorships and more than 1,000 state and local elected positions leaving Democrats in the worst shape in 100 years.  Hillary won only 486 of the country’s 3113 counties.
Who will win?  Stay tuned…

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