Almost all the votes I’ve cast in my lifetime have been for Democrats, and I’d light my hair on fire before I gave money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. This is why.
Dan Lipiniski is the worst Democrat in Congress, a man who literally inherited his seat from his father and has spent his career in Congress opposing minimum wage laws, access to abortion, and rights for LGBTQ people, taking massive contributions from literal railbarons in exchange for fighting railroad safety rules.
Lipinski sits in one of the Democrats’ safest seats, meaning whomever wins the Democratic primary in his Illinois district automatically gets sent to Congress, so the only way to oust him is to defeat him in a primary race.
Enter the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who have banned any primary challenges to any sitting Democrat in 2020, with a policy that says that no DCCC-backed candidate may procure services from consultants or suppliers who work on a primary challenge.
And yes, this has real consequences.
Newman told Politico and confirmed to The Intercept that the two mail firms that dropped her campaign did so specifically because of the DCCC policy implemented by Rep. Cheri Bustos, who chairs the committee. Newman said that a number of consultants unaligned with the DCCC reached out to her on Friday and that she is putting her campaign back together. “It’s tricky,” she told The Intercept. “This has been very expensive for my campaign — it’s cost time and money and effort and frustration, but we’re working through it.
This is not a one-off; they’re trying to prevent another Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and they’ve been picking favorites in primaries for years. Which, I guess, they are entitled to do. It’s not entirely stupid when they favor a more conservative Democrat in a primary for a tough-to-win race; I’m not agreeing with the strategy, but I think there’s a reasonable discussion to be had about what to do then.
But this is just nuts; if Lipinski were a Republican in a tight race, the DCCC would go full-bore against him. Whereas if you’re picking favorites, it seems like the fresh new face whose views are more in line with her district and the party platform would the right choice, wouldn’t it?
But no – it’s loyalty and the machine above all else. The DCCC seems to be betting that this outburst of progressivism and voters and candidates who think that the government should serve the interests of citizens, not the biggest corporate donors, is just a passing fad. And hey, maybe they’ll turn out to be right. But if not, they’ll turn out to irrelevant.
Meanwhile, their money begs go straight into my shredder.