Just read this story and it has me turning my head inside out as I consider what should be "right" as opposed to what might "work" for the Democratic National Committee in 2017 and the Midterm Elections in 2018: Ellison holds edge in DNC race survey.  In my heart I hold nothing but respect for Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) who in a new survey of DNC members holds an edge over former Labor secretary Tom Perez to be chosen to replace Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Chairperson.

I have all kinds of reasons for favoring Keith Ellison:  He's the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress, and took his oath of office on a Quran that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.  Along with André Carson of Indiana, he is one of two Muslims now serving in Congress and he is also the first African American to have been elected to the U.S. House from Minnesota.  In November 2016, progressive groups and United States senators, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, supported Ellison for chair of the Democratic National Committee.  His record after five terms in office is excellent and if he's selected as chairman to the DNC he says he'll resign his seat in congress...All great recommendations... but... and this is what turns my head inside out... he's a Muslim and after 2016 that's like pouring gasoline on a fire.

Tom Perez served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and Secretary of Labor under President Obama.  He's the very successful son of Dominican immigrants, a Roman Catholic and helped the Justice Department take down Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona and took on Texas and South Carolina voter ID laws.  Though he's only held elected office in county council of Montgomery County, Maryland, his civil rights record as a state and federal Labor Secretary and progressive attorney is exemplary.

So the DNC has a choice between an African American Muslim who would almost certainly play into the hands of paranoid Tea Party loony tunes or a Roman Catholic Hispanic.  HRC was the wrong candidate at the wrong time in 2016, there's a good chance that the Bestial Nightmare "45" will completely screw up over the next two years, so who should lead the Democratic Party in the mid-term elections of 2018 and the presidential elections in 2020?

My pragmatic brain says Perez, but my idealistic heart wants Ellison.   This shit makes me crazy.

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 23, 2017 at 12:52pm

Thanks Brass.

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on February 23, 2017 at 12:55pm

I sometimes chant, too.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 23, 2017 at 12:59pm

The way the world's be going lately it' either chant or scream.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 23, 2017 at 1:27pm

FM, Hope you're right about the 21st Century Awakening of America and hope it doesn't run out of gas like the Occupy Movement.  Thanks for commenting.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 24, 2017 at 11:17am

The Occupy Movement wasn't faced with as galvanizing a stimulus as a Trump administration. 

Ron,

Right now, I don't think we win by going centrist. We need to galvanize our core, and that means tacking Left.  Normally I might worry about alienating the center but Left is closer to center than Trump is. 

That's Left in policy. Not necessarily in rhetoric. Bernie has a good balance. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 25, 2017 at 1:50pm

Kosh, this just in: Tom Perez elected as first Latino leader of Democratic Party.  Won on the second ballot.

Comment by Ron Powell on February 25, 2017 at 1:59pm

@Kos; I  said nothing about going centrist. I said that the first order of business is to win and doing whatever it takes to accomplish that.

 

Comment by Ron Powell on February 25, 2017 at 2:01pm

@JMac; Here's hoping that Perez can discover what it will take for the Demo to win and that he has the gumption to do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 25, 2017 at 2:04pm

Hard to see how the Dems could do much worse.

Comment by Rodney Roe on February 25, 2017 at 8:03pm

We need a young, energetic, progressive Democrat.  Democrats lost in the last election because it was operating as though this was our parent's America.  I don't think either of those men, both honorable, are the right choice.  There's a reason Bernie did so well.  The DNC needs to be more populist, more in-tune with Sam "I used to have a good job" Smith.  It can't be a message about the top 0.t% and the evils of Wall Street, it has to be a message about automation and outsourcing and finding a way toward meaningful and family sustaining work  It has to be a message of hope of prosperity.  With the right plan the leader of the DNC could be any competent person.

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