Rahm Emanuel, as the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, famously decided that the best way for the DCCC to claim big wins in the 2006 was to focus his efforts on select safe seats and back candidates that would be easily persuadable to Emanuel in office. He flatly rejected Howard Dean's 50 State Strategy. As a result, the Democratic Party did pick up 30 seats in the House in the 2006 election, but lost some really great progressive candidates like Darcy Burner, because they refused to give them any investment. Who knows how many more they might have picked up (and how much further left of the DLC/Blue Dogs Emanuel backed) if they had went with Dean's strategy. Certainly, Axelrod and Plouffe went more with Dean than Emanuel in their presidential campaign strategy.
Unfortunately, it looks like DCCC head Chris Van Hollen and DNC chair Tim Kaine are listening more to Emanuel in this year's mid-term elections. Justin Coussoule, who is enjoying the full endorsement of Blue America, openly tells Chris Jansing that he has received no support whatsoever from the DNC or DCCC.
That's why your support of our Blue America campaign is so critical. The stupid Democratic Party just doesn't get it. Howie Klein has done an amazing job of vetting these fantastic PROGRESSIVE candidates and that's exactly the kind of people we need to see elected, not the malleable DLC types.
I have to tell you, watching John Boehner give a speech about economic policy is like watching Tiger Woods shilling for FRC's Defense of Marriage act. It was very disturbing to see a man who used to pass out tobacco money checks on the floor of Read more...