Monday, 19 February, 2018

Sanders headlining event aimed at boosting Democrats

Bernie Sanders gives his remarks to supporters during his national tour with Tom Perez at the James L. Knight Center Carl Juste | Miami Herald Bernie Sanders gives his remarks to supporters during his national tour with Tom Perez at the James L. Knight Center
Alfredo Watts | 21 April, 2017, 19:41

"We're seeing a lot more people in general getting involved in the political process and I think that is a good thing".

Whether it was a wayward comment or something more targeted at Ossoff's brand of progressivism, it's unlikely to help Democrats "come together" very soon.

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. That was on February 25 in Atlanta.

Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will headline a Louisville event aimed at helping re-energize Kentucky's downtrodden Democratic Party. Bernie didn't sign the letter.

Hayes noted that Sanders named a "villain" in his messaging and asked Perez whether he thought it was "important, as the senator sitting next to you just said, to say the ruling class, his words, of this country are basically screwing average folks". He was pretty strong about that in an interview after the DNC election when it was reported, "Sanders also implied in response to Tapper's questioning that he would not give the DNC his presidential campaign's massive email list, which shattered previous records by raising $218 million online from 2.8 million donors".

After the November election, voters wondered if the Democratic Party would embrace Sanders' and his fiery brand of progressive politics.

The goal, Sanders said, was to transform the Democratic party "into a 50 state party, and a party which does not continue to ignore half of the states in our country including some of the poorest states in America".

It takes more than being a younger Democrat for a candidate to gain Sanders' support.

"They're attempting to show that there's unity developing between Bernie Sanders and the party leadership".

"I don't know what to call it - Trumpcare?" "He never had any intention of standing up for working families". "And I think that's where Utahns - especially in Cache Valley, he had overwhelming support here, and I think it's because they trust him". Well, Bernie has every right to do that but what does that have to do with the DNC? If that's the case, there's little need for Democrats to move toward adopting a much more sweeping class-based attack on the rich. "It is time we flexed our muscles".

Others, such as Tom Pierrello of Virginia, reflect Sanders' challenge to the party establishment. Kentucky is a state where Democrats used to own the governorship.

Put simply, this is Sanders' party now. Again he is more than entitled to do that but dividing Democrats isn't helpful to the party in these times.

The swing comes on the heels of a better-than-expected showing by a Kansas Democrat to fill an open House seat. But we have a great set of candidates down there. A good candidate for Democrats in Kansas might be a bad candidate for Democrats in NY or California. "There's more that unifies us than divides us".

Two months seems to be long enough to wait to have staff in place and a focused plan for the work needed to rebuild the party. They won by single digits. "‶It is to elect Democrats from the school board to the Senate". "That means rebuilding the Democratic Party, making it a grassroots party, a party from the bottom on up!" We should build organizations that can speak to the voters they need to win over. Busch, former Broward Democratic vice chairwoman, was elected to lead the county party last year after 20 years under Chairman Mitch Ceasar, who didn't seek a sixth term.

Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist.