Democrat Monday

Tom Perez addresses the audience after being elected Democratic National Chair during the Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Atlanta

Tom Perez addresses the audience after being elected Democratic National Chair during the Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Berry

U.S. Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

Members of the Democratic National Committee, the administrative and fundraising arm of the party, picked Perez on the second round of voting over U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, a liberal from Minnesota.

Following one of the most crowded and competitive party leadership elections in decades, Perez faces a challenge in unifying and rejuvenating a party still reeling from the Nov. 8 loss of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He immediately made Ellison his deputy.

After losing the presidency and failing to recapture majorities in Congress, party leaders are anxious to channel the growing grassroots resistance to Trump into political support for Democrats at all levels of government across the country.

“We are suffering from a crisis of confidence, a crisis of relevance,” Perez, a favorite of former Obama administration officials, told DNC members. He promised to lead the fight against Trump and change the DNC’s culture to make it a more grassroots operation.

@ REUTERS

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23 Responses to Democrat Monday

  1. micki says:

    “It is imperative that Tom understands that the same-old, same-old is not working,” Sanders said. “We must open the doors of the party to working people and young people in a way that has never been done before.”

    Good luck, Bernie…the Dems don’t seem to get it. They gotta look out for the big-money faction: i.e. their corporate patrons.

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  2. Den says:

    Thanks to Citizens-United the Dems don’t have the luxury of getting away from their BIG MONEY benefactors, The focus then should be on challenging voter suppression tactics from the Right such as Crosscheck, then get busy courting the disenfranchised non-college voters while rich boy is busy stabbing them in the back.

    Fighting against the stacked deck in Congress should be emphasized more, fighting for laws that have been proven to save lives from being destroyed by the worst money grubbers since Nixon’s bunch invaded DC.

    Many choices on the menu.

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  3. micki says:

    Bernie did fine in the primaries without the BIG money guaranteed to Republicans and Democrats by Citizens United. Both parties are mainly comprised of pigs eating at the same trough — by design!

    The Dems are architects of neoliberalism, yet many in their base (who self-describe themselves as progressives), will continue to support them because, to them, Republicans are the enemy and the Dems are the white hats. Get over it…the Dems are the enemy, too. (But those pigs do wear lipstick, to keep their base in line!) Whether they are better than Trump is irrelevant, they are just another group of enemies. They genuinely believe in neoliberalism. They make a big deal out of supporting a $15/hr minimum wage, yet the devil is in the details. The Dems’ neoliberal policies they prefer make the middle class poor and the poor even poorer — it’s been going on for over 40 years.

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  4. Den says:

    If what you say is true, we are truly doomed without an Independent party to challenge the status quo, which I suspect will not happen. We will be dragged down the drain or will have to physically take our country back. Gee maybe that is why rich boy is stacking the cabinet with Generals, waiting for the rebellion to start.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    No comment.

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  6. Micki says:

    I will continue working with the Friends Committee on National Legislation and volunteering and staying active in my community, county, state. My view is, if everyone participated in even small ways, right where they live, we could lift many boats. I’m not referring to demonstrations (though they have there place), I’m talking about DOING SOMETHING. GETTING SOMETHING DONE!

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  7. Micki says:

    OOOPS…their place!

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  8. Micki says:

    Instead of repealing “Obamacare,” the Repugs should just stick a new name on it since it is, in reality, a national version of “Romneycare” — a conservative piece of legislation that requires citizens to PURCHASE a product from private insurance companies. When the Repugs saw that it was going to pass on Obama’s watch, they decided to oppose it to keep their base in a froth.

    I almost laugh when I think about the Dems defending it like it’s a crown jewel. It’s a POS (with a few line items that have merit).

    Lots of low information voters (and non-voters) don’t even know that the Affordable Care Act and “Obamacare” are the same thing.

    Sure, the ACA provided access to many people who lacked health insurance, but it is — and ALWAYS WAS — a bill that had its genesis in conservative think tanks.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      When you have an automobile the government requires you to purchase insurance, private to be sure. Never heard of a public option for that.

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      • Micki says:

        That’s a tired argument. We are talking about access to necessary HEALTHCARE — a basic human right.

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      • Micki says:

        Humanitarian thinking:

        The highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being.

        The right to health includes access to affordable healthcare of appropriate quality.

        Unacceptable: Even with the ACA people can be pushed below the poverty line as a result of healthcare expenditures every year

        Marginalized and vulnerable people/groups tend to hear an undue proportion of health problems

        Unacceptable: Healthcare consumers can still go bankrupt under the ACA

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      • Micki says:

        Owning/driving an automobile is not a human right.

        People have a choice — they can stick walk, bicycle, take the bus, hail a taxi, ride a horse, rollerblade, roller skate, jog…they don’t have to drive a car!

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        • David B. Benson says:

          In general the places that the poor can afford to live are far from their place of employment. This being the USA public transportation is often deficient.

          I fear that you come across as saying “Let them eat cake!”

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      • Tim Hodges says:

        Government only requires one to purchase liability insurance if the vehicle is to be legally operated on public roads. Many farmers purchase vehicles to maintain a farm and are not required to have insurance as long as it is only used on private property.

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  9. David B. Benson says:

    South along Grand Avenue, starting in a snow flurry, to Shopko for a prescription refill. That much took 53 minutes. Then on to the eye doctor’s office for a few moments and further on to the Birch & Barley. So far, 85 minutes of wintery walking.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      After supper headed home westwardly towards downtown, so directly into the snowstorm which just started when I did. It was a relief to turn north onto the Grand Avenue Greenway to avoid the snow full in the face. Made the College Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension seem quite easy.

      Yesterday, a car was out of control coming Monroe, steeeep at the top. The car, I infer now, hit a telephone pole to pull it out of the ground. The car then bounced up the curb and across the sidewalk to be completely emmired in a neighbor’s backyard, but fortunately not doing any further damage. When I arrived home yesterday a tow truck had pulled the car back on the road. To my surprise the car drove away. I had thought the front end was too damaged for that, but I was wrong. Today I noticed that the car had left a grill behind…

      Today’s total is 138 minutes.

      Day 2: 75+138=213 minutes.

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  10. Micki says:

    Dr B sez: Never heard of a public option for that.

    Last time I looked, there is no public option in the ACA. If you were implying there is a public option in ACA, show me. I will not argue in favor of a public option because it’s just a band-aid.

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  11. David B. Benson says:

    When I was younger I knew what all the answers were. Now that I am wiser I know that I don’t even know what all the questions are.

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