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War for Control of the Democratic Party Continues

War for Control of the Democratic Party Continues

New rule requires candidates running for party’s nomination to “run and serve” as Democrats.

Democrats have a real problem on their hands. Almost all of the energy is in the Bernie wing of the party, but rank and file Democrats are bothered by the fact that Bernie isn’t even a party member.

They certainly don’t want another primary battle like the one they had in 2016, so they’re taking precautionary measures.

Stephen Sorace reports at FOX News:

Bid to block Bernie Sanders? DNC adopts rule change, wants only avowed Democrats to run

The Democratic National Committee adopted a new rule Friday aimed at preventing non-Democrats, such as independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, from seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, reports said.

The rule change, adopted at a DNC meeting in Providence, R.I., requires all candidates for the party’s nomination to “run and serve” as Democrats, Yahoo News reported.

Some supporters of Sanders — who caucuses with the Democrats despite declining to declare a party affiliation — say the move was motivated by “spite” after Sanders gave Hillary Clinton a run for her money during the Democratic primaries in 2016.

But a source told Yahoo News it was actually part of a push to limit the power of so-called superdelegates — which, ironically, has long been a goal of Sanders.’

The Bernie people are understandably, not happy about this development.

David Siders writes at Politico:

DNC rule change angers Sanders supporters

Democratic National Committee officials on Friday moved forward with a proposal to force the party’s presidential candidates to identify as Democrats, a move that drew immediate criticism from a top official in Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign…

Sources familiar with the discussion said officials believed the rule change could help garner support for a separate bid to reduce the influence of superdelegates in the party’s presidential nomination process — a priority of Sanders’ supporters after the 2016 election. Both proposals are scheduled to be considered by the full DNC in August.

Still, Mark Longabaugh, a senior adviser to Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, bristled at the DNC committee’s action.

“I really don’t get the motivation for the resolution at all,” he said. “You know, Bernie Sanders got 13 million votes in 2016. Thousands, if not millions, of those votes were young people and independents he brought into the Democratic Party. And I’m just stunned that the Democratic Party’s rules committee would want to try to make the Democratic Party an exclusive club, for which we want to exclude voters and large segments of the American electorate.”

He said, “I just find it a stunning resolution.”

It’s amazing that this fight for the party is still going on two years after the election. Things aren’t going to get any easier, either. Wait until there are over twenty candidates battling for attention and money in the race for the 2020 nomination.


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Bucky Barkingham | June 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm

If there are 20 candidates battling for the party nomination will the Leftist media describe it as a “clown car” like they did the GOP primary race in 2016?

Singulars and plurals are tough.

First problem is that party is no longer ‘democratic”.

This probably has something to do with Keith Ellison resigning his seat as co-chair.

I don’t understand why Bernie refuses to accept the Democratic Party’s 2018 nomination for Senate but pursues the party’s nomination for President.

    survivor in reply to billdyszel. | June 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    As the Democrat Party has always been the party of white supremacy (slavery, Jim Crow, resegregation of the federal workforce, segregation, the bigotry of low expectations), the Democrats have never been democratic.

Aside from the current tribalism run rampant, this doesn’t seem an unreasonable rule for a political party to adopt.

healthguyfsu | June 10, 2018 at 1:28 pm

To be fair to that power mongering group, another power-mongering group, the GOPe, essentially forced the same thing on Trump before the nomination and ticket decision.

(Remember the pledge to not run off ticket if he didn’t win the nomination?)

Thousands of pages of Obama documents have been destroyed or vanished says the administrators of The National Archives. It is unprecedented.

And yet the accumulation of recent congressional testimony has made it clear that the Obama administration itself engaged in the wholesale destruction and “loss” of tens of thousands of government records covered under the act as well as the intentional evasion of the government records recording system by engaging in private email exchanges. So far, former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Lynch and several EPA officials have been named as offenders. The IRS suffered record “losses” as well.”

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 10, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Gohmert SLAMS Mueller: ‘He’s Covering Up His Involvement in Uranium One While Trying to Have a Coup Against the President

‘New rule requires candidates running for party’s nomination to “run and serve” as Democrats.’

A rule officially designated the ‘fuck Bernie’ rule.

“And I’m just stunned that the Democratic Party’s rules committee would want to try to make the Democratic Party an exclusive club”

You’re stunned? Super Delegates are basically just VIP boxes reserved for the Inner Party, and you’re “stunned” the Democrat Party is turning into an exclusive club?

No worries, Ali Watkins is making the rounds this morning. She’ll put smile on your face again. Room 324 right?

Whatever this is, I love it. A wise man once said: “Never Interfere With an Enemy While He’s in the Process of Destroying Himself”

If Bernie has to run as a third-party candidate under the Socialist banner, that would help to split up the Democrats, just like Ralph Nader did. That split would pretty much assure Trump of another electoral victory.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Dr. Jill Stein????
Dr. Jill Stein????
Bill Clinton called me the “preferred Russian alternative”. He knows Russian preferences, having made $500K for a single speech from the Russian bank promoting the Uranium One deal that awaited HRC’s approval.
Unlike Bill, I paid my own way & my speech was about making peace.

(sarcasm mode on)
I don’t understand why the Democrats need to enforce this now. John McCain is proof that the Republicans have never gone this far with demanding party loyalty.

What, is the DNC going to assign a Political Commissar to each elected official next…. um… No, I better not give them ideas.

    tom_swift in reply to georgfelis. | June 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    What, is the DNC going to assign a Political Commissar to each elected official next

    They already do.

    Huma was assigned to Hillary. Then when it looked like Hillary was going dormant, she was reassigned to Weiner, being groomed as the up-and-coming Schumer, until he crashed & burned. Then she was posted back to Hillary.

    Barry O was big enough to get two Commissars; first Michelle, and then when he turned into a bigger fish than a junior Commissar could handle reliably, Jarrett. The fact that Jarrett is still Obama’s Commissar means that the D’rats have future plans for Barry.

    When puzzling out who the D’rats are grooming for bigger & better things, I look to see who’s been given an “alter ego”-style handler, one who’s taken seriously by the Press.

DeplorableLanie | June 10, 2018 at 7:14 pm

I see what they are doing. They didn’t like the fact that Bernie basically used the DNC so he could run for President on a National level. Everybody knows that an independent candidate can’t win a campaign by themselves they need to backing of a National Party. And right after Bernie lost the nomination (or better said, it was stolen from him) he went right back to being an Independent! It is no wonder they changed the rules, I would have been more surprised if they didn’t change the rules.

Biden is going to be the candidate in 2020.

They might as well name this “the Bernie Sanders Rule.” Its purpose is obviously to prevent Bernie or another non-Democrat from running as a Democrat.

They might as well name this “the Bernie Sanders Rule.” Its purpose is obviously to prevent Bernie or another non-Democrat from running as a Democrat.

I am sure some Republicans would like to apply a similar rule to DJT.

The electorate had a problem with both parties in the 2016 election.

Hey, I just noticed something….
Check out the pic of Hillary and Brenie at the top this post…

Hillary and Brenie were having their own, “Battle of the Handshakes”!!!
(just like Trump and Macron)

It looks like Brenie is wincing in pain so this could be his moment of surrender…she probably gave him the iron grip of death…or as it’s know in DC, “The Clinton Clutch”!!!

Wow, that looks painful!

Interesting how the MSM will never give the GOP credit for NEVER having a “superdelegate” structure. Every delegate to a GOP convention must go through the selection process of a primary or caucus. That includes both long-time party volunteers as well as elected officials who might think they should be there automatically.

Not that big of a deal. Barney the Red could join the Progressive Fascists party before the election and leave after, even if he wins.