Thanks to its having been forwarded by Congressman Ro Khanna, the petition above has been widely circulated, one indication out of many that the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) extremist positions should mark “a clear line in the sand and key difference between Democrats and Republicans for the 2018 midterms.”
Khanna concludes that it should be “a no-brainer” for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to take the step of withdrawing its endorsement from any candidate receiving NRA contributions.
But those familiar with the DCCC’s practices, including Congressman Khanna, know that it won’t be.
Continue reading Congressman Ro Khanna to DCCC: Stop Triangulating on Gun Violence
Those of us who grew up in activist households a half century ago will remember those who were referred to as “movement candidates.” These materialized when activists, those involved in leafletting, sit ins, phonebanking, and the other retail aspects of anti-war and civil rights protest were either chosen or decided on their own to run for office. While they were not necessarily reliable once elected, it was reasonable for the protest movement to assume that they would be more accountable and likely to advance their agenda than those who were nowhere to be found on the streets but were asking for their support.
It is with them in mind that the various candidates now being promoted by Democratic Party leadership should be assessed: Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand and Deval Patrick are in no way movement candidates. Rather they are longtime party insiders being sold to the left with the expectation they will be able to mollify and demobilize what has become an increasingly effective insurgency centered around the successor organizations to the Sanders campaign.
Continue reading Who are the (Sanders) Movement Candidates?