Old Blue Dogs Don’t Learn New Tricks
Did you fall for the narrative that “hey one good silver lining to the 2016 elections is that the total ass-kicking the dismal neoliberal Democrats got will show them that they have no choice but to make themselves over as a progressive champion of working people against the wealthy Few”? What were you thinking? The new Democratic Party Senate Minority Leader isn’t a liberal or progressive Democrat like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, or Bernie Sanders. It’s the arch-neoliberal Wall Street Charles Schumer (D-NY).
The House Minority Leader continues to be the decrepit, Botox-faced and dollar-drenched San Francisco pro-war corporate Democrat Nancy Pelosi, endorsed by the pathetic AFL-CIO over the longtime pro-union and heartland progressive Democrat Tim Ryan (D-OH) – a stark statement on the persistence of the old neoliberal regime atop the not-leftmost of the two major parties.
Why Not Rahm?
I know that the Sanders-affiliated Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) is considered a top contender for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). But don’t be surprised if that falls through. He’s getting slammed for past association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and for making some “anti-Israel” and anti-Zionist comments as a law student in the 1980s. Ellison’s ascendancy to the job of party chairman could cost the Democrats big money. CNN recently quoted one of the party’s biggest…