Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:51 PM
UCmeNdc (4,427 posts)
Pelosi’s hand-picked DCCC chief seems to have a problem opposing Republicans
All the votes are counted and all the races decided– although there’s a Republican vs Republican runoff in Louisiana and a recount pending in North Carolina that could put Blue Dog Mike McIntyre’s razor thin win in jeopardy– and the make up of the new Congress goes from 240 Republicans and 190 Democrats to 234 Republicans and 201 Democrats . Nationally Democrats won slightly over half a million more votes in congressional races but because of grotesquely partisan gerrymandering by Republican-controlled state legislatures in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina winning a majority of seats is virtually impossible.
Nevertheless, earlier in September Nancy Pelosi predicted that Democrats would win back the 25 House seats they needed to make her Speaker again. In fact, she told the media, the Democrats were on track to win a net of at least 27 seats. The man she had picked to chair the DCCC, Steve Israel, had given her the dope. “Steve,” she gushed to the press, “has sufficient reptilian tendencies to do the job.”
My question for Nancy Pelosi
So here’s the Pelosi part of the. the post. Israel (ostensibly) works for Pelosi. So I have one question for her (or her team), just one. Klein writes:
“Israel and the DCCC routinely claim that progressive candidates they don’t want to support can’t raise any money and are therefore not serious contenders. They especially tell this to the lazy Beltway media and punditocracy, as well as to big donors and institutional donors.”
Dear Ms. Pelosi — Are you taken in by this story as well? This is a serious question. Your fans would like to know if you’re also a victim of Israel’s obviously false explanation, or if there’s some deeper (and deeply self-serving, deeply self-defeating) dynamic going on as well?
Madam Leader? Team? Please, I’m right here, where I always am.
Look, there are two ways at this point to look at Ms. Pelosi:
1. She’s either a true liberal (whatever that means) who gets regularly rolled by the Blue Dogs in her coalition, starting with Steny Hoyer and Steve Israel, plus all their ilk (remember the Public Option?).
2. Or she’s a complicit Democratic leader, playing the needed left-of-center role that — knowingly or not — enables all those NeoLiberal atrocities (like extending the Bush Tax Cuts).
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Pelosi’s hand-picked DCCC chief seems to have a problem opposing Republicans (Original post)
|Ian David||Nov 2012||#1|
Response to UCmeNdc (Original post)
Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:45 PM
brooklynite (36,312 posts)
4. Not clear what the issue is...
...is it that DCCC didn't provide funding to the candidate of your choice? Or is it that Israel didn't raise enough money to support as many candidates as you'd like? If it's the former, are you aware that "Red to Blue" designations are largely formulaic, and based on the Candidates' ability to organize, raise their own starting funds and show that they're competetive? This is why progressive Jim Graves (MN-6) got help, while progressive Wayne Powell (VA-7) didn't.
Response to brooklynite (Reply #4)
Mon Nov 26, 2012, 02:16 PM
UCmeNdc (4,427 posts)
5. I just posted the article because I thought the writer raised an interesting question
Read the link and you decide if you agree with the writer or disagree with his views. I just think he raises an interesting view over support of progressive candidates. Is his reasoning correct or not? What do you think?
Response to UCmeNdc (Reply #5)
Mon Nov 26, 2012, 03:38 PM
elleng (73,495 posts)
6. Thanks. Haven't read the whole story,
read some 'Zerban' stuff, and haven't seen anything about Wayne Powell, who challenged eric cantor and was completely ignored by DCCC, in spite of a pretty good ground game.
I've had similar complaints about DCCC, and some 'debates' on the subject with a DUer. Don't know that I'd accuse Israel of being like de lay or cunningham, but do have problems.