Will Democrats Unite?
Voting members of the Democratic National Committee have just elected Tom Perez as the new chairman of the Democratic Party. Perez, a civil rights attorney who served as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor is seen by some to represent the so-called Obama wing of the party. His chief challenger, Rep. Keith Ellison, is seen to represent the so-called Bernie Sanders wing. Those characterizations are misleading, limiting, and unfair to both who have served the party and the voters well.
The final vote was 235-200.
Perez called for Ellison to become Deputy Chair:
Perez’s first act as DNC chair is to move for Ellison to be deputy chair. Voters unanimously approve it.
â€” Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 25, 2017
“I am asking you to give everything you can to support Chairman Perez,” Ellison urged Democrats. “If we waste even a moment going after who supported who,” Ellison said. “We don’t have that luxury.”
Keith Ellison to supporters: “I am asking you to give everything you’ve got to support Chairman Perez” https://t.co/D2dDgnsfZ2
â€” MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 25, 2017
â€” Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) February 25, 2017
Perez after the first round of voting was within one vote of winning the election.
Wow. 427 votes cast for DNC. Threshold for a win is 214.5. @TomPerez gets 213.5–a single vote short. Ellison at 200 votes. Onto 2nd ballot.
â€” Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) February 25, 2017
NCRM was the first news outlet to call for the chair of the DNC to be a full-time job, and for no one to be elected who has any other function. (The DNC charter also calls for the chair to be a full-time job, and the RNC’s chair always has been.)
In November, less than two days afterÂ Donald Trump officially won the presidency, we wrote an editorialÂ opposing anyone, (Ellison’s name was being floated,) if they did not make being chair their full-time job, resigning all others. One month later Ellison announced he would resign from Congress if elected chair.
In the form of an open letter to the DNC, we wrote: “It’s time for a dedicated full-time Chairman or Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.”
An excerpt from our editorial:
The DNC has presided over one of the worst decades of Democratic losses, and at the local, state, and national levels we continue to lose tremendous ground.Â
This is historic.
Republicans next year will control the White House.
Republicans next year will control the U.S. Senate.Â
Republicans next year will control the U.S. House.Â
Republicans next year will control the Supreme Court.
Republicans next year will control 34Â governors’ officesÂ â€“ matching the all-time high set in 1922.Â Literally two out of every three governorships.
Republicans next year will control 68 out of 98 state legislative chambers.Â Literally more than two out of every three.
In 23 statesÂ â€“ nearly half the nationÂ â€“ Republicans will control both houses of the state legislatures and the governor’s office.
“For onlyÂ the second time since 1929, the Republican Party will control the House, Senate, the White House, most governorships and state houses, and will decide a Supreme Court pick,”Â The WeekÂ observed Wednesday, in the wake of stunning and extensive losses at every level of elected government.
Americans know all too well the accusations against former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile, and this is not the forum to address those.Â
But for a moment, let’s address the fact that Democrats have just lost the expected control of the White House and expected control of the Senate, and, for a brief shining moment, the glimmer of hope of controlling the House.
The Republican Party is kicking our collective asses.
As a result, childrenÂ right this minuteÂ are being bullied by their fellow classmates who support Donald Trump. Women, Hispanics, Muslims, LGBT people, and other minorities are all reporting acts of physical and emotional violence and hate, all in the name of President-elect Donald Trump.
There now is no real leader of the Democratic Party.
In towns, cities, states, and nationally, Democrats have not only lost a lot of ground, we have no bench.Â
Who is in line and prepared to challenge Donald Trump in 2020Â â€“ a race we should all be thinking about this very minute?
Who is in line and prepared to challenge Republican Congressmen and Senators in 2018?
People are hurting today, people are in real pain today, and the DNC is supposed to be the uniting, organizing force to set the groundwork to help move America forward on a progressive path.
This is about doing your job. One job.
Being Chairman of any large organization is a full time job. At least, it should be.
It is not being a figurehead, not if you want real change to occur.
Why is the Chairman of the Republican National Committee always a full-time position, yet the Chair of the DNC is always given to an existingÂ elected Democrat with full-time duties?
How has that worked out for us?Â
Can you honestly say that a Congressman, Senator, or Governor has enough free time to lead an organization, especially one as beleaguered as the DNC?
It’s time to wake up.
It’s time to stop everything you’re doing and clean house. It’s time to stop everything you’re doing, realizeÂ you have gotten it all wrong, and reorganize.
This, along with re-uniting a party is what faces Perez from this moment forward.
We can unite to support and guide him, or we can continue infighting. The former will deliver AmericansÂ fromÂ Donald Trump. The latter will deliver America to the ashbin of what was democracy.
The choice is yours.
Congrats Tom Perez and Family! Dems Unite. pic.twitter.com/Z66LdindZI
â€” Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) February 25, 2017
Barack Obama statement on election of Tom Perez as DNC Chair pic.twitter.com/9UgnDdTjBi
â€” Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 25, 2017
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John Eastman Will Face Charges if Continues ‘Frivolous Argument’ Against Capitol Riot Probe: Adam Schiff
John Eastman, the far-right lawyer who authored Trump’s “coup memo,” announced on Friday that he would be defying a subpoena from the House January 6 Committee.
Appearing on CNN later in the day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made clear that Eastman is free to plead the Fifth if he has a good-faith reason to fear he could incriminate himself — but that doesn’t entitle him to a free pass to ignore investigators.
“Eastman says the partisan makeup of the committee, he says makes it invalid and doesn’t need to cooperate,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you say to that?”
“Well, that was a frivolous argument,” said Schiff. “If he uses that as a basis to refuse to answer questions, he will be in contempt of the committee, simple and straightforward. So we’ll be seeing with each witness… whether they’re properly invoking a privilege or to stall and delay for the former president, and will make the judgment as to what the repercussions should be once we see and hear the testimony.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene Cries She’s the ‘Most Attacked’ – Less Than 24 Hours After Labeling All Democrats ‘Communists’
If it seems like it was just yesterday that U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene labeled the President of the United States and in fact every Democrat in the country “communists,” it was, which is why it might seem strangely hypocritical that the Republican from Georgia minutes ago was labeling herself the “most attacked” freshman member of Congress in all of U.S. history.
“Joe Biden is a communist,” Greene declared strongly Thursday evening. “And that’s who the Democrats are – they’re communists.”
“You know, a lot of people are swallowing down the word ‘socialist,’ but that’s not a good enough word for Democrats – they are communists,” Greene told her supporters, clearly ignorant of the words’ meanings.
“That’s the word we need to keep using with them,” she continued. “Because they’re using these unprecedented, authoritarian, tyrannical controls on the American people to force people to comply.”
Marge Greene today: “Joe Biden is a communist. And that’s what the Democrats are – they’re communists. A lot of people are swallowing down the word ‘socialist,’ but .. they are communists.” pic.twitter.com/agaGlwoi4N
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 3, 2021
But Greene was singing a very different tune Friday afternoon.
“I have been the most attacked freshman Member of Congress probably in United States history,” Greene cried in a video she posted to social media. “The media has defamed me. They have completely smeared my character. Called me names and labeled me horrible things, none of which I am. None of the things they have said are true about me.”
Greene today: “I have been the most attacked freshman Member of Congress probably in US history. The media has defamed me. They smeared my character. Call me names and labeled me horrible things, none of which I am.” pic.twitter.com/a61WJaIsdP
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 3, 2021
What has been said about Congresswoman Greene in the legitimate media? Unlike her videos, there’s a high degree of likelihood it’s mostly true.
Here’s a portion of what The New York Times wrote in January:
Marjorie Taylor Greene had just finished questioning whether a plane really flew into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and flatly stating that President Barack Obama was secretly Muslim when she paused to offer an aside implicating another former president in a crime.
“That’s another one of those Clinton murders,” Ms. Greene said, referring to John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death in a 1999 plane crash, suggesting that he had been assassinated because he was a potential rival to Hillary Clinton for a New York Senate seat.
Ms. Greene casually unfurled the cascade of dangerous and patently untrue conspiracy theories in a 40-minute video that was originally posted to YouTube in 2018.
Ms. Greene suggested in a 2018 Facebook post, unearthed this week by Media Matters, that a devastating wildfire that ravaged California was started by “a laser” beamed from space and controlled by a prominent Jewish banking family with connections to powerful Democrats. She endorsed executing Democratic lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She served as a prolific writer for a now-defunct conspiracy blog called “American Truth Seekers,” writing posts with headlines including “MUST READ — Democratic Party Involved With Child Sex, Satanism, and The Occult.” And she argued that the 2018 midterm elections — in which the first two Muslim women were elected to the House — were part of “an Islamic invasion of our government.”
Ms. Greene has repeatedly claimed in multiple videos and social media posts that several school shooting massacres were “false flag” events perpetrated by government officials in an attempt to drum up support for gun control laws. In an October 2020 video surfaced on Friday by Mother Jones, she said that the “only way you get your freedoms back is it’s earned with the price of blood.”
Ms. Greene is perhaps best known for having endorsed QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy movement that claims that Mr. Trump was facing down a shadowy cabal of Democratic pedophiles.
That was almost an entire year ago. You’re probably more familiar with all the baseless and unfounded attacks she has made since.
Greene has made lying about and attacking Democrats part of her weekly, if not daily routine. Sometimes those attacks have been very personal – and very close. Like when she followed Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg around the streets of D.C. He said he felt she was threatening him. Or more recently, when she verbally assaulted U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the steps of Congress. That was one of her countless attacks against the New York Democrat who Greene seems disturbingly obsessed with.
But if indeed Greene is the “most attacked” freshman member of Congress in all of U.S. history, she has only herself to blame.
On the Lam?: FBI Now Searching for Parents of Michigan Accused High School Shooter – Sheriff Says They’re ‘Missing’
James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of accused high school mass shooter Ethan Crumbley, appear to be “missing,” according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
Sheriff Bouchard says his office is now searching for the Crumbleys, but they cannot be found and are not returning calls from their attorney.
MSNBC reports the FBI and U.S. Marshals are currently searching for them.
The Crumbleys will face four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter. Their son, Ethan, is facing murder and terrorism charges, in addition to other charges.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald Friday afternoon detailed the alarming note and drawings that led to school administrators summoning the Crumbleys to the school. Among the words on the note, “the thoughts won’t stop help me,” “blood everywhere,” and “The world is dead.”
“So the Crumbleys are missing now?”
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 3, 2021
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