Bummer, this could be a sign that the progressive left is waking up.
In choosing to elect Thomas Perez, as their DNC Chairman, the blew the chance to elect my favorite Muslim Keith Ellison would have clearly mucked things up much more significantly.
In the video below Perez fails to answer Chuck Todd’s question about the Democrat’s being the party of “NO.”
He also claims that they will be the party creating new jobs?
He blathers on about using lawsuits to stop President Trump’s agenda.
Typically all of this flew over Chuck Todd’s head or more likely he failed to challenge the new D.N.C. Chairman.
Keith Ellison and his defenders spent a lot of time lying about his past with the Nation of Islam, a racist hate group that believes Jews are evil, white people were created by a mad scientist and will be exterminated by UFOs. (You can’t make this stuff up)
The most popular of these lies was that he merely helped organize the Million Man March.
That lie has conclusively come apart with evidence from his past, including accounts from the Nation of Islam.
Ellison defended anti-Semitism and participated in ugly and hateful events.
He didn’t do this for five minutes on some Sunday morning, but for quite a few years.
Not only did Ellison know what Farrakhan stood for, but he defended him against charges of bigotry. (Source)
Ellison is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, has admitted ties to Hamas, what’s not to like? (Source)
ATLANTA — Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota to take the helm of a still-divided party stunned by President Trump’s victory but hopeful that it can ride the backlash against his presidency to revival.
Credit Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times.
The suspense-filled balloting revealed that Democrats have yet to heal the wounds from last year’s presidential primary.
Mr. Perez, buoyed by activists most loyal to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, won with 235 votes out of 435 cast on the second ballot.
Mr. Ellison, who was lifted primarily by the liberal enthusiasts of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, pushed the voting to a second round after Mr. Perez fell a single vote short of winning on the first ballot.
After Mr. Perez’s victory was announced, Mr. Ellison’s supporters exploded in anger and drowned out the interim chairwoman, Donna Brazile, with a chant of “Party for the people, not big money!” When Mr. Perez was able to speak, he immediately called for Mr. Ellison to be named deputy chairman, delighting Mr. Ellison’s supporters.
In his victory speech, Mr. Perez played down what he called “the robust discussions in the Democratic Party.” “We’re all going to continue to be united in our values,” he said, calling the party’s “big tent” an asset.
Mr. Perez, 55, the son of Dominican immigrants, is the first Latino chairman of the Democratic Party. He was reared in Buffalo and has held a series of state and federal government jobs, most recently as Mr. Obama’s labor secretary.
Despite his scant experience in electoral politics, his calls for rebuilding the grass roots and fostering a party that “makes house calls again” appealed to the party insiders who have watched as the House, the Senate and finally the presidency slipped away.
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Mr. Perez’s victory was the culmination of a more than three-month campaign that began when Democrats were still shellshocked over losing the presidential race. All of the major candidates argued against any turn toward moderation, and they shared the same strategic vision for reviving a national committee and state parties that had withered under Mr. Obama.
What was expected to be a robust debate over the way forward for a party shut out of power across much of the country was soon diminished by the larger, more immediate matter of Mr. Trump’s almost daily provocations and the raging backlash to his hard-line agenda.
Still, the race reflected the fault lines dividing the party before Mr. Trump’s shocking victory, and it carried a measure of suspense not seen in the party in decades.
Entering the race immediately after Mr. Trump’s win, Mr. Ellison, a prominent surrogate for Mr. Sanders in the presidential primary, quickly won support from him and other leading liberals. Allies of Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton and other establishment-aligned Democrats soon began casting about for an alternative. In December, Mr. Perez entered the fray, quickly winning praise from Mr. Obama and endorsements from a number of governors.
Other candidates also entered the race, but by the time the committee members descended on Atlanta, it was a two-person contest between Mr. Perez and Mr. Ellison.
While voting members of the party, many of them officials from the 57 states and territories, are more closely linked to the establishment wing, Mr. Ellison kept the race close by consolidating liberals and picking up support from mainstream Democrats such as the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California.
Party chairman races have in recent years been tidier affairs, with trailing candidates often withdrawing before the election takes place. Indeed, Saturday’s vote marked the first time in over three decades that the outcome of a vote for chairman was unknown when the balloting began. (The previous time was in 1985, the year after Walter Mondale lost 49 states in the presidential race. The party elected Paul G. Kirk Jr. of Massachusetts chairman in a contest that also featured former Gov. Terry Sanford of North Carolina and a future House speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California).
In this year’s contest, the candidates all sought to align themselves with the so-called resistance, some of them showing up at airport protests the weekend Mr. Trump issued his executive order banning migration from some Muslim-majority countries.
Though the protests overshadowed the contest for chairman, they also brightened the spirits of Democrats, who quickly began to view Mr. Trump as a powerful mobilizing tool and the best force for unity in their own ranks.
“People are very energized about Trump, and this is a golden moment to capture that energy,” said Representative Maxine Waters, the veteran California Democrat. “We’ve just got to make sure that we come out of here together no matter what.”
The attention of Democrats will now turn to a handful of special congressional elections and a pair of promising governor’s races this November in New Jersey and Virginia. But the most significant task ahead for Mr. Perez will come in 2018, when Democrats face a daunting Senate map, more favorable House landscape and 36 governor’s races, many of which will help determine which party is best positioned to redraw legislative lines after the next census.
Democrats start at a considerable financial disadvantage. As of the end of January, the Democratic National Committee had $10.8 million in cash on hand and $3.7 million in debt, while the Republican National Committee had $36.8 million in the bank and no debt, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
This year’s contest was shadowed not only by Mr. Trump’s win but also by the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer system last year by Russian intelligence services. That resulted in the disclosure that the party, under Mr. Obama’s handpicked chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, had sought to undermine Mr. Sanders’s candidacy.
Despite that prologue, the race was largely free of vitriol as Mr. Perez and Mr. Ellison recognized that committee members had little appetite to relive a Clinton-versus-Sanders race on a smaller scale.
To say nothing of the Trump-induced harmony. “President Trump is a pretty easy guy to work against for Democrats,” said William Shaheen, a veteran New Hampshire Democrat.