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Sen Gillibrand leads the march against abusive men…Is the ‘Just Believe’ movement right?….

Democratic NY Senator  Kristen Gillibrand has been crusading against sexual abuse in the military first, and now against the issue in Congress…She is the media darling right now…

But this week she moved onto a slippery slope…

She was th spear point for the Franken step down ….

And she has give the answer THAT appears  to knock Democratic icon Bill Clinton…..She has NOT made some people happy….Her efforts are NOT  being seen as helpful for a Democratic party that  is trying to claw back a majority next year…

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has put herself in the spotlight by calling on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to step down and saying President Clinton should have resigned during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Taking on major figures in her own party has bolstered the New York Democrat’s standing as a voice for change in the nation’s reckoning over sexual harassment and misconduct, which is reshaping society.

But it has also won her criticism.

Supporters of Clinton blasted Gillibrand as disloyal for her statements about Clinton, with some noting how the Clintons supported her over the years.

Those sympathetic to Franken suggested it was craven for her to be the first out with a statement Wednesday calling for him to resign, and suggested she was both seeking attention and building her brand on a fallen progressive hero….

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There is the beginnings of a pushback that WILL form against the sexual abuse house cleaning push. that subjects men to being guilty by mere mentions in public…’just believe’?

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In this national “just believe” the accuser moment, it’s important to remember that part of the power of the recent accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and so many others is that they are backed up by meticulous reporting that has provided contemporaneous corroboration and other evidence. Presented with these revelations, the accused themselves in many cases have provided confirmation by acknowledging at least some of their violations. A failed attempt by the right-wing group Project Veritas to persuade the Washington Post to publish the account of a fake accuser of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore demonstrated the power of verifying before believing…

In the past few weeks, a number of accused men have disappeared Soviet-style from public life, with the work of some—Louis C.K. and Garrison Keillor, for example—withdrawn from distribution. There has been discussion about whether everyone accused deserves a professional death penalty, or whether there should be a scale of punishment. After all, the violations run the gamut from multiple allegations of rape to unwanted touching. But in a statement on Facebook calling for Franken’s resignation, New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand came out against making such distinctions. “While it’s true that his behavior is not the same as the criminal conduct alleged against [Alabama Senate candidate] Roy Moore, or Harvey Weinstein, or President Trump, it is still unquestionably wrong,” she wrote. “We should not have to be explaining the gradations between sexual assault, harassment and unwelcome groping.”…

This amazing moment has a chance to be truly transformative. But it could also go off track if all accusations are taken on faith, if due process is seen as an impediment rather than a requirement and an underpinning of justice, and if men and women grow wary of each other in the workplace….

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Democratic working group to suggest changes, including for superdelegates, for 2020 Presidential nomination process…

No….

The group, which included Bernie Sanders people, have not suggested getting rid of superdelegate’s….

That same group IS working to allow someone like Sanders, who is NOT a Democrat, to be able to walking and take the nomination…

A Democratic Party working group will meet in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow to finalize a formal list of recommended reforms for the party.

By then end of this weekend the group called the “unity commission,” which has been meeting for a year around the country, plans to have voted on and submitted a final document to all Democratic National Committee members.

Sources close to the commission who have seen working drafts of its current report tell ABC News the panel plans to recommend dramatic cuts to the individual voting power of superdelegates and new rules around caucuses and primaries to improve access for voters and recordkeeping.

The unity commission was created during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and tasked with devising a plan to limit the party’s total number of superdelegate votes by two-thirds.

Superdelegates are elected officials and party leaders who, in the past, have been free to support any candidate for the presidential nomination in contrast to pledged delegates who support candidates based on local popular vote results in each state’s primary or caucus.

After Democrats’ surprise and devastating loss in the presidential election last year, the commission’s work took on a new, broader purpose to analyze the party’s shortcomings and missteps as a whole…

While members of the working group have agreed the process has been collegial, most say it is just the first step to recovering and rebuilding their party…..

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Eliminating most unbound superdelegates + highly proportional delegate allocation + potentially huge Democratic field = high probability of a brokered convention.

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People to watch for reactions from the Mueller Grand Jury charges….

The Key Players – Legal And Political – Whose Reactions To The Indictment You Should Watch

Obviously we’ll be closely watching special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump. But as this drama unfolds, Perry Bacon says we should also be paying close attention to the reactions of these other players:

  • Rob Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller
  • Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan
  • North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr
  • The leading Republican men on Trump and Russia: Mike Conaway, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, Chuck Grassley, Devin Nunes and Thomas Rooney
  • The anti-Trump wing of the GOP — both inside and outside the Senate
  • Pro-Mueller GOP senators
  • Other Republicans in Congress
  • Democrats

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I will add Donald J. Trump….

His lawyers are going to HAVE TO sit on their client to keep him quiet…Pardon’s at this time would probably be tricky as some lawyers have pointed out that if a pardon is given?…That person loses their 5th admendment rights to NOT answer questions about what they have done and could be counter filed….Manafort is also under investigation by the NY State Atty general’s office whose actions cannot be pardoned…

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Democrats continue to get their act together….

Democratic national Committee Chair Tom Perez gets pushed to attack Donald Trump….

Grumbling continues from the Bernie Sanders people….

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To some extent, the Democrats’ developments reflect routine party politics after an unusually contentious chairman’s race, but they also fit into the ongoing philosophical tussle on the left.

Sanders’ backers accused the DNC in 2016 of stacking the nominating process in Clinton’s favor and shutting out the Vermont independent who still seeks to pull the party toward his ideology. Those frustrations carried over into the DNC chair race between Perez, the former labor secretary, and Ellison.

Now, Perez’s appointees will hold sway over setting the primary calendar in 2020 and, perhaps most importantly, whether the party’s superdelegates, including the 75 at-large members, will continue to cast presidential nominating votes at Democratic conventions without being bound to any state primary or caucus results.

Democrats are looking next month to hold the Virginia governor’s seat and wrest the New Jersey governor’s seat from Republican control. Next year, Democrats need to flip at least 24 Republican congressional seats to regain control of the House. They face an uphill battle in gaining control of the Senate, because they must defend 10 incumbents in states Trump won last November. Democrats also want to increase their gubernatorial roster from the current 15 state executives.

Separately, former Attorney General Eric Holder urged the party to play the long game necessary to overcome Republican advantages scored when GOP-run legislatures drew congressional and legislative districts around the country after the 2010 census…..

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Democrats will try again for gains in Red state Texas…

The Hill does a piece on Democratic party efforts to gain ground outside the major cities in the state…

In the past we’ve done posts on the deumograic changes in the state that should help Democrats…But Republicans have managed to keep their hold on a majority of the political positions there…

In the first three elections following the adoption of the current congressional districts in 2012, only one of the Texas’s 36 districts, the 23rd Congressional District (which runs from San Antonio to El Paso and has been represented by a Republican since 2015), was considered competitive. Democrats running in Texas’s other 24 Republican-held districts raised a paltry combined total of $434,000 during the entire 2016 election cycle.

Looking to 2018 Democrats have firmly set their eyes on two additional Republican districts where Hillary Clinton received more votes than Donald Trump in 2016: the 7th Congressional District (Houston) and the 32nd Congressional District (Dallas).

The 2016 presidential result, favorable demographics and a related decision by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to target these two districts (in addition to the 23rd) has resulted in an avalanche of Democrats jockeying to capture the Democratic nomination to earn the right to take on Republican incumbents Reps. John Culberson in Houston’s 7th and Pete Sessions in Dallas’s 32nd in 2018.

In addition to a battle in the 23rd to take on Will Hurd, a similar blossoming of Democratic challengers has occurred in a second tier of what are still considered to be very safe Republican seats (in the 2nd and 21st Congressional Districts), but which could at least in theory flip in the unlikely event a blue tsunami sweeps across Texas…..

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Cook Report changes 12 House races to advantage Democrats…..

We have been doing pieces on next years Midterm Races and Democrats chances of recouping a majority there almost weekly… 

Today’s Cook Report bears good news for Pelosi & Company…..

.But remember?

We ARE a year out from Election Day….

Based on recent developments in races and conversations with candidates and operatives on both sides of the aisle, many races have the potential to become more competitive. This week, we’re changing our ratings in 12 districts….

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America’s Democratic Socialists…The Sanders awaking….

Politico’s magazine examines the Democratic Socialists of America, a group formed in 1982, that has grown with the focus on Senator Bernie Sanders  run for President last year…

The piece asks if they are the Democrats ‘Tea Party’ ?

The evolution of the Democratic Socialists began almost as soon as Hillary Clinton sewed up the nomination. Sanders does not affiliate itself with the DSA, but the DSA actively supported Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination. Once the Sanders campaign dissolved, the DSA became a landing ground for former volunteers in Bernie’s campaign, many of whom were registered Democrats.

“I already considered myself a socialist,” says Amy Zachmeyer, now co-chair of the DSA’s Houston chapter, “but didn’t realize there were so many of us until Bernie Sanders kind of made it OK to talk about being a democratic socialist.”

By signaling its willingness to compete within the Democratic Party, the DSA has attracted more than just out-of-work Bernie staffers. Even incumbent Democrats look at it with new interest. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, a Chicago alderman and member of the Democratic Party who joined the DSA last year, says he joined DSA once he recognized the organization had begun to embrace a kind of democratic socialist realpolitik.

“While they had the right analysis, they had the right values, [they] were not necessarily engaging in the electoral arena in a way that I thought was necessary if the left was going to win,” says Rosa. But starting last year, he “began to see a DSA that was much more focused on being a disciplined force to help elect leftists.”

Rosa is not alone: khalid kamau, a city councilman in South Fulton, Georgia; Mike Sylvester, a state legislator in Maine; and Nirva LaFortune, a city councilwoman in Providence, Rhode Island, are among the elected Democrats who’ve joined the DSA.

And although it took the rise of a 76-year-old independent senator from Vermont to normalize socialism within Democratic Party politics, it was another event that kicked the DSA into high gear: the election of Donald J. Trump.

“If you look at our growth in membership, our big surges have been after big announcements by this administration,” says Margaret McLaughlin, the chair of Washington, D.C.’s, DSA chapter. “Like the Muslim ban, DACA. Charlottesville was huge.”

DSA leaders hope their bolstered roster and influx of new funds—along with the continued specter of the man in the Oval Office—will help position the organization to challenge the Democratic Party from the left. Currently, there are 25 DSA members running for office—from Seattle to Lakewood, Ohio, to New York City—and the group expects to endorse a larger wave of candidates for the 2018 midterms…..

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Could Steve Bannon be the Democrats best hope for 2018?

It appears that the former Trump aide and political flame thrower is trying to line up people to run against REPUBLICANS……

in doing so will he actually do what Donald Trump ran on last year…..Get rid of the Grand Ole Parties establishment?…..

Will that devide the party and let the Democrats pull of wins and make even better gains in the House and Senate next year in midterm elections?…..could Bannon be the best hope for Democrats?

The  populist rage in the base as Trump struggles to enact his priorities — which lifted former judge Roy Moore to victory on Tuesday against Trump’s ally, Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) — now threatens to upend GOP incumbents in 2018 as the latest incarnation of Republican grievance takes hold.”

“Stoked by former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and his incendiary media platform, Breitbart News, a new wave of anti-establishment activists and contenders are emerging to plot a political insurrection that is with Trump in spirit but entirely out of his — or anyone’s — control.”

“Central command is the ‘Breitbart Embassy,’ a Capitol Hill townhouse where Bannon has recently huddled with candidates, from House prospects to Senate primary recruits. Hedge fund executive Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah — Bannon’s wealthy allies — have already pledged millions to the cause, said people briefed on their plans.”…..

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Could Steve Bannon help Nanacy Pelosi become Speaker again?

Seems the word is out that Bannon back at Breibart and inching to ‘tear the place down’ is getting ready to go after Grand Ole Party lawmakers that haven’t kowtowed to his ex-bosses ill conceived wishes….

Good Look there Steve!

I never thought you and Donald cared much for the Republican party even though he’s the head of it….

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You guys may turn out to be the Democrats best hope for gaining back a majority in the House next year…Actually?

If ya work hard enough?

You might be able to get Chuck Schumer the Majority leader in the Senate also…

President Donald Trump’s closest allies are planning a slate of primary challenges against Republican senators, potentially undermining the party’s prospects in 2018 and further inflaming tensions between GOP leaders and the White House.

The effort is being led by Steve Bannon, Trump’s bomb-throwing former chief strategist, who is launching an all-out war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment. Bannon has begun holding private meetings with insurgent challengers, vowing his support. He’s coordinating with conservative mega-donor Robert Mercer, who is prepared to pour millions of dollars into attacks on GOP incumbents. Bannon has also installed a confidant at an outside group that is expected to target Republican lawmakers and push the Trump agenda.

The activity has alarmed senior Republicans, who worry it will drain millions of dollars from the party’s coffers to take on Democrats in the general election. McConnell has repeatedly expressed concern to the White House about the danger primaries pose to his members, stressing that it could imperil his narrow four-seat majority, according to three people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

“The issue is: Do you invest your time and energy in attacking people who are carrying this president’s water in Congress to the benefit of people who are trying to impeach him? That seems like an incredibly short-sighted strategy,” said Josh Holmes, a former McConnell chief of staff.

Bannon is paying little heed to those warnings….

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The House follows the Senate in swiftly approving Trump’s Disaster/Debt Ceiling deal Bill…

Congress has voted for bill to aid the disaster reliefe for Texas and probvably Florida, while increasing the countries debt ceiling allowing the Treasury to borrow more money to pay the countries bills….

President Trump gets a ‘deal’ he made by working WITH the Democrats and his adopted Republican party members….

Trump will sign the bill shortly….

The Senate vote was 80 to 17 for passage…

The House vote was 316 to 90 for passage …

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What price will a ‘Dreamer’s’ Act cost Democrats?

AG Sessions was wrong….

800,000 Obama promised Dreamers aren’t going anywhere…

Donald Trump rolled out a 6 month deadline for Congress to take the ball , and promptly announced he’d take the ball back after the 6 months….

Ok…

It’s deal time folks…

A little look back though…

President Barack Obama thought that if he was tough on the border immigration?…He’d get a deal from Republicans…So he increased the border cops and deported a record number of people….

Did those actions get him immigration reform?

No….

Democrats are gonna have to be REAL CAREFUL on Donald Trump and the Dreamers…

While it appears that the guy really doesn’t want to ship them back to someplace most have no idea about?

Republicans in his adopted party are gonna want an arm and leg in exchange for the few votes they will give with the Democrats to pass some kind of DACA ok AND MORE border enforcement….

Oh, the number of people crossing the Southern US border is down as much as 80% these days simply on Trump’s ‘Wall’ talk….

WTF do we need  billions of dollars for a shrinking problem?

Democrats and Republicans scrambling to protect Dreamers before a March deadline will almost certainly have to swallow tougher immigration measures in return.

GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, from the top tiers of leadership down to key rank and file, are quickly coalescing around pairing a measure that codifies the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law with some modest security and enforcement measures.

And Democrats are willing to deal.

This means that President Donald Trump’s desire to construct a 2,000-mile border wall and slash legal immigration limits are all but off the table. Ditto measures, at least for Democrats, that would put other undocumented immigrants, such as the parents of Dreamers, more at risk of deportation. But other, more modest measures are in play.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would like to pass stand-alone legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, but he said Republicans who are insisting on other immigration provisions are “right.”

“The Republican criticism is, if you just provide legal status and do no more, you incentivize people to keep coming,” Graham said in an interview Wednesday. “So I think the deal is a border security package that’s reasonable, effective and married up with the DREAM Act.”

In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan stressed Wednesday that “it is only reasonable and fitting” to address not just a DACA fix but the causes of illegal immigration by tightening up border security — signaling that he wouldn’t move a stand-alone bill for Dreamers…..

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Donald Trump just decided to become President….

The DACA decsion just seemed to make Donald Trump turn a corner….

Trump made a call….

Has second thoughts….

And despite his AG Sessions?

This dog thinks the ‘Dreamers aren’t isn’t gonna anyplace….

Second cal the HE MADE?

He had Democratic leaders announce a deal THEY made on keeping the government open and oking money for storm relief ….

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Folks….

Donald J. Trump just made TWO calls that are stick and stick it to the right of his adopted party….And he’s gonna get Wins….

Two storms and Dreamers have made the guy become a politician….

Stay tuned…

This is gonna get interesting….

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The waiting to see if Obama will throw his support to someone…

The Hill site has been steadily featuring Kamala Harris in its 2020 Democratic nomination Presidential coverage….

So it’s a bit of a surprise to see todays piece that would give one the impression that Barack Obama is leaning toward’s ex-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for the nomination….

Turns out the author of the piece is actually talking about divisions in Obama’s former staff people….

Some want Patrick…

Some want Kamala Harris…

And Obama himself would be looked at to support Joe Biden if he actually decided to run for the 3rd time…

Conclusion?

Nobody actually knows who the ex-President will support in the end…

And it really isn’t gonna be up to him, even if he’ll probably have some sway in the final result….

As we saw the last time….

The fight should  be in political trenches…

“I want to see a wide open a process where there are no front runners,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley. “The idea that anyone is out there pushing for one person or another is a mistake.”

While the 2020 election is still more than three years away, potential candidates must already prepare for the possibility of a race.

The fight for key staff members and donors will not be delayed.

One former aide to Clinton said there’s a danger with Obama heavyweights being seen as aligning with a candidate because it could deepen factions within the party.

Val fight between the Sanders and Clinton wings from 2016 has left scars, with supporters of both candidates blaming the other, at least to a degree, over President Trump’s victory.

Still, some strategists say even if the Obama allies have their favorites, it won’t matter much in the end.

“Party insiders don’t have a great track record of picking successful Democratic nominees,” said Simmons. “They didn’t pick Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.”

“The best idea is to wait and see who Dem voters feel some affection for and rally around that person to help them win,”….

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The 2020 Democratic Presidential primary race has begun….

Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina are getting their drop-in’s from the early field Democrats testing the waters for the run for the 2020 Presidential Nomination…Unlike 2016?

The field is wide open…..(Though Biden, Warren, and Sanders are in the lead with Harris rising fast)

Just like that, the 2020 retail campaigning for president began right here in a strip-mall campaign headquarters Monday, when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti showed up for what he called “the most important race in the country.”

He was talking about the Manchester mayor’s election. Joyce Craig, the Democratic candidate, invited him to join her for an afternoon that also included a speech to the Manchester Young Democrats and a fundraiser. Garcetti worked the crowds, introduced himself as “Eric,” and took a bumper sticker and put it on the back of the black SUV he was driving around in.

“Pay no attention to the Virginia plates,” he said. “It’s a rental.”

On Tuesday, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), the only one to have already officially announced, will be here for a two-day trip, trying to get attention for his long-shot bid. On Labor Day, both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jason Kander, the Democrat who narrowly lost his U.S. Senate bid in Missouri last year, will be back.

And on Thursday, Sanders — who was in Indiana and Michigan last week — will be in Iowa, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon will be there in October. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who made his own teasing stop here in Manchester at the end of April, is headed to South Carolina in September.

New Hampshire is the first in the nation primary, but even that’s 29 months away.

Like always, the chatter began the morning after the election, stunted a little by Democrats’ surprise at losing. Behind the scenes, big donors have been getting chased nonstop by candidates who like to deny that they’re anywhere near thinking about being candidates. Strategy sessions are quietly being held. Preliminary calls are going out about potential staff hires. That’s normal, though a little accelerated….

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Trump White House turns to Democrats for tax reform….

They get it finally….

Donald Trump CANNOT get legislation done solely with his adopted party….

This IS how things are designed to work….

The Trump White House is quietly courting a few dozen House Democrats on tax reform — eager to avoid the fate of the GOP’s straight party-line attempt to jam through a repeal of Obamacare.

Even as congressional GOP leaders largely embrace a partisan path on taxes, White House officials have been wooing 15 to 20 centrist House Democrats since early summer. The Trump administration is all too aware of congressional Republicans’ struggles to come together on a range of hot-button issues — from health care to government spending — and tax reform is littered with political minefields for the party.

So the president and his staff are opening a line of communication with moderate Democrats in case a Plan B is needed. At a mid-June dinner at the White House with four centrist House Democrats, President Donald Trump expressed interest in a bipartisan package combining tax reform with infrastructure spending, multiple sources said.

Since then, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and top White House staff have huddled with conservative Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition and the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.

“We’d prefer bipartisan support for the tax plan,”….

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The Democratic Socialists of America got a chance to step away from the Democratic Party…

During their get together yesterday the group forwarded up an amendment to break from the umbrella of the Democrat’s …

They didn’t…

But as a Washington Post piece points out ….

With Bernie Sanders as the poster guy and Donald Trump as a foil?

A LOT of their views have become the Democrats’s rallying cries….

On Sunday, Democratic Socialists of America got a chance to break away from the Democratic Party. A resolution laid out all of the reasons, from the reported 57 percent of voters who want a third party, to the rapid success of the 2016 presidential bid by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to the laughable unelectability of the Democrats.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said the Democratic Party has become a toxic brand and a failed party,” the resolution read. “The D next to a socialist or progressive’s name places them at a major disadvantage on Election Day. Why tie our strategy to a sinking ship?”

The resolution failed — easily so. While the judgment of 697 delegates to a socialist convention might not seen like a major Democratic Party development, it was telling of something that frequently gets lost.Democrats, for whom self-flagellation starts at birth and continues after death, have been moving as steadily left as Republicans moved right in 2009, when they last lost power.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice joined President Trump at a rally in Huntington, W.Va., Aug. 3, to announce that he is leaving the Democratic Party for the Republican Party.(The Washington Post)

That story can get lost in the more easily told narrative of Democrats in disarray. Last week provided plenty of material for that narrative, with the third major intraparty brawl of 2017 overabortion rights, and the decision of Gov. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.), who’d become a Democrat to seek his first-ever political office, literally embracing Donald Trump as he switched back to the GOP. A Quinnipiac poll, otherwise larded with good news for Democrats, found that just 40 percent of Democrats had heard of their freshly announced platform, called “The Better Deal.”….

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