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To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street con

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With Senator Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of foreign policy hacks and corporate lobbyists to sabotage his nomination. By Kevin Gosztola

Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has nominated dozens of lobbyists, corporate consultants, think tank board members, and former officials linked to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton to serve on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) nominating committee this July.

Many of Perez's nominees are vocal opponents of Senator Bernie Sanders and spoke out against his campaign when he challenged Hillary Clinton for the nomination in 2016.

Just as it did in 2016, the DNC appears determined to sabotage a Sanders nomination, foisting a collection of neoliberal and imperialist hacks onto the convention committee to hold back a popular rebellion against the policies of endless war and corporate free trade they have personally presided over.

Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez issued a list of individuals he nominated for the 2020 Democratic National Convention committees.

Let's examine some of the individuals. I'll initially focus on the nominees for the DNC Platform Committee.

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Only a small percentage of those on the roster, such as Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen, are even remotely aligned or sympathetic to Sanders' progressive agenda, and many of them are 2020 superdelegates.

Though the Democratic Party reduced the influence of superdelegates after a backlash from Sanders supporters, more than 700 superdelegates will be able to vote as part of a brokered convention if the Vermont senator is not the nominee after the first ballot. They would not have to vote for Sanders, even if he won a majority of pledged delegates in their state's caucus or primary.

Sanders could secure enough pledged delegates to win on the first ballot and still find his agenda thwarted by the standing committees. For example, members of the DNC's Platform Committee beholden to corporate interests could vote against measures including Medicare For All or a ban on natural fracking in the agenda of policies they plan to fight for in 2020.

A close look at the list Perez issued offers a gruesome vision of morally repugnant operatives rigging the game on behalf of a desperate and increasingly discredited party elite.

Torture cover-ups, Russia fear-mongering, and lobbyist glad-handling

Denis McDonough was nominated to chair the Platform Committee. He was Obama's chief of staff during his second term. McDonough is senior principal for the Markle Foundation and a chair of the Rework America Task Force.

In 2018, McDonough partnered with Heidi Capozzi, senior vice president of human resources at Boeing, to form the Rework America Business Network. It included 11 founding members: Aon, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Boeing, Duke Energy, Kaiser Permanente, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Stanley Black & Decker, Walmart, Zurich Insurance, and 21st Century Fox. The network received support from Google.

Acting on behalf of the CIA, McDonough pushed for more redactions in the torture report summary that was ultimately released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was a close ally of CIA Director John Brennan and fought for Brennan when the Senate delayed his nomination over his past support for torture. He also advised Obama on how to develop the drone program, which involved a kill list of alleged terrorism suspects to be assassinated extrajudicially.

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The DNC is proving to be nothing more than a crime family working only to maintain their control of the high dollar bribers. Their deliberate and outward attacks on Sanders, Gabbard, and Yang who threaten their criminal activity is blatant. It is becoming more apparent that beating Trump is secondary to maintaining their influx of dollars, plus it is easier to have a Republican as President so they can merely criticize while the people get the shaft and they have the fact they're in the minority as their excuse.

Sanders, Gabbard, and Yang would upset their game.

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Thank you Kevin Gosztola for this article, and OEN for posting it here.


I might cite the the old phrase from the French that translates to "the more things change, the more they stay the same". But, the change has not been much to begin with.


What does it take to rid the DNC of Tom Perez and his cronies? It is really tough when much of the time the Dems are the Repubs lite, and sometimes the Repubs heavy.

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Watching the neoliberals commit suicide has become my favorite pastime. The sooner they breath their last collective breath, the sooner we can build a truly progressive coalition to take down the neocons.

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Agree. There's not enough popcorn in the world.

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What is the difference between the DNC and the Repub party? Not much, they both are the scum of the earth.

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It is time for a THREE party system, Democrat, Republican and Independent/Progressive, because it is becoming very clear that the DNC WILL NOT change!!

The DNC constantly promotes 'Vote Blue, No Matter Who.'

The problem with this, is that the only candidate that wants and will accomplish true change and support 99% of the American People is Bernie Sanders.

Yes, some of the other democratic candidates have some good in their platform, but overriding that is the fact that they are extremely beholden to the big money donors and will do as they are told to do once elected.

Bernie Sanders is the only candidate that has a ZERO $$$ balance to big money and instead is beholden to the people that donated to him and fought for him. Those people make up the 99%, the same people that he has fought for during his ENTIRE career!!

My response to 'Vote Blue, No Matter Who' is

ONLY BERNIE

I believe that Bernie Sanders is the one candidate that has the numbers and can transform this country from a TWO PARTY to a THREE PARTY political system.

Vote Blue, No Matter Who will allow the DNC to continue as is and remain the corrupt party that it has become!!!

It is time for a revolution by the 99% and the 99% are the only group of people that is sick and tired of the corrupt political system that has existed for decades and is responsible for the destruction of the middle class.

Let that revolution begin, with the only candidate that has proven for his entire political career that he has and will continue to fight for 99% of the American People!!!

ONLY BERNIE in 2020!!!

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I agree a revolution is in order and underway and the DNC/Clinton crime family is going batsh*t crazy trying to stop it. They have done a good job on the demonizing and silencing of Tulsi Gabbard, who in my opinion has all of the qualities of Bernie Sanders plus would be stronger in acting on getting something accomplished. I look at how she has been gaining a following in spite of the total blackout and smearing of the mouthpieces of the DNC/Clinton crime family.

It is the people who have to defeat this sinister group who, in reality, are attempting to overthrow our system of government, and have been for the past several decades. We do not need a Third-party, we must eliminate the Democrat and Republican parties as both are one and the same in taking over our nation and are the reason we, the people, haven't received any decisions that have been beneficial to us in the past 30+ years.

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Since 1960 we have had only two presidents that I consider superb, John Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. All the others, dems and repubs, have been scumbags in one form or another!

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