Why is the DSCC spending hundreds of thousands of dollars funding democratic picks in primaries? This is beyond stupid. These arrogant, antidemocratic leaders-- Chuck Schumer, Rahm Emanuel, Hillary (you better believe Hillary has her hands in the decision making) are pissing away money dem supporters have contributed to beat right wingers-- on internecine fights between Democrats.
For example, as this article, by Oregon US senate dem primary canidate Steve Novick, *DSCC Needs to Play Fair in Oregon's Primary, reports:
Yesterday the Bend Bulletin reported that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is trying to fix Oregon's Senate primary. The Bulletin reported that:The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent about $73,000 for an advance team from Arkansas, The Markham Group, to promote Merkley's campaign kickoff tour. It paid about $20,000 to a Washington, D.C., firm for 'research.'
The smartest way to decide the best candidates for office is to let them run on their own, develop their own resources and campaigns and let the best candidates win, proving they have what it takes to face their Republican opposition in the actual election campaigns. But then, we're talking about big D Democracy.
Steve Novick is being royally screwed by the Dem leadership. He's far from alone.
Of course the reason is that these DLC right wing barely Democrat Democrats are wasting all this money on primaries is they are supporting machine politicians-- the guys who are going to play along with politics as usual. One good example of this was Iraq veteran Tammy Duckworth. Rahm Emanuel had the DCCC spend a ton of money and good will supporting Duckwort, so she could beat Christine Cegelis, who had, without DCCC or Dem leadership support, come very close to beating Henry Hyde in the previous election. Duckworth failed to win, running against the candidate the RNC chose to replace Hyde, who'd retired. This was a big failure for the DLC Dem leadership and a good lesson, that, apparently, the Dem leaders have not learned.
This happened in many other locales throughout the US.
The fact is, Schumer, Emanuel and the rest of their ilk don't give a damn about democracy. In fact, it's an inconvenience for them. It's said they would prefer to "select" the candidates who will run in the elections, rather than allow THE PEOPLE to vote on and choose them.
The Democrats have a solid financial lead on the Republicans now. How stupid can they be? Stupid enough to throw the lead away trying to get their loser right winger DLC Dem picks elected.
The public is thoroughly disgusted with this congress, as they should be. Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Hoyer-- these leaders have not failed. Suggesting that they'd failed would indicate belief that they'd tried. No. These Dem leaders have betrayed the voters who gave them the leadership of the congress. They deserve zero support, in terms of providing them with funding or contributions. If you are a progressive, if you are disgusted with the 110 congress's choice to refuse to impeach, refusal to end the war, refusal to revoke the offensive bankruptcy laws... then don't even think about giving money to the DNC, DSCC or DCCC. Give the money to ACT Blue, EMily's list or better, to the progressive candidates who will be facing right wing democrats that the likes of Schumer and Emanuel are funding.
And while you're at it, let the DSCC, DNC and DCCC know that they are way out of line getting involved in democratic primaries. It's bad for the Democratic party, bad for America, bad for Democracy.
Democracy is a process. It requires the respect of those who are its elected representatives. Shame on those who fail to accord it that.
comment added Sunday, 3:30 PM EST
I've already heard from one more campaign that is facing a candidate in the Dem primary, funded heavily by either the DSCC or DCCC. This is totally unacceptable. We need to straighten these Democrats who think like dictators out. We need to stand together and support the progressive candidates who are being massively outfunded.