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Cole writes: "The Democratic House primary in the Houston area has become a stand-in for the broader battle within the party between progressives, who backed Sanders, and members of the establishment."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Vox/YouTube)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Vox/YouTube)

Bernie Sanders: DCCC Attacks in Texas 'Absolutely Unacceptable'

By Devan Cole, CNN

11 March 18


en. Bernie Sanders said Friday that the recent attacks on a Texas candidate for Congress by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are "absolutely unacceptable."

During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper at the South by Southwest tech and media conference in Austin, Texas, Sanders shared his views on the ongoing battle in Texas between the DCCC, the party's political arm for House races, and Laura Moser, a journalist and activist who is in the running to challenge Republican Rep. John Culberson this fall.

"I detest that type of politics, and I think most Americans do," the Vermont independent said. "And then when you have the DCCC actually doing opposition research on a serious and strong candidate for the US Congress, when the Democratic establishment itself is engaging in negative attacks against a responsible candidate, that is absolutely unacceptable."

The Democratic House primary in the Houston area has become a stand-in for the broader battle within the party between progressives, who backed Sanders, and members of the establishment. Our Revolution, the political organization that controls Sanders' massive email list, has endorsed Moser.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dug up a 2014 Washingtonian article in which Moser wrote that she'd "sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia" than live in Paris, Texas. Progressive activists were incensed to see the group weigh in with such a heavy hand less than three weeks from the March 6 contest.

"It was outrageous," Sanders said of the committee's attacks on Moser.

Moser ended up as one of the two highest vote-getters and heads to a runoff in the primary.

Sanders expressed optimism, however, about the possibility of Texas, a traditionally Republican state, electing Democrats in 2018.

"If you in Texas are prepared to work hard, stand up, fight back, go out to your neighbors, talk to those people who voted for Trump, make sure that every friend you have and every family member you have comes out to vote," Sander said, "I believe Texas can go blue."

Sanders said Republicans are able to win in states like Texas when "voter turnout is low and big money buys elections."

"If we can raise voter turnout, if 50% of the people come out in a midterm election, one out of two people, that's not asking for much," he said. "Democrats will win in Texas and in every other state in this country."

But on Tuesday, Texas' primary provided little evidence to support Sanders' hopes.

With over 99% of precincts counted, Democratic turnout topped 1 million in a midterm primary in the state for the first time since 2002. Republicans, on the other hand, cast 1.5 million votes in their primary. In other words, 60% of all votes cast in Tuesday's primary went to Republican candidates.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke won the state's Democratic primary election, emerging as Sen. Ted Cruz's challenger this fall. If O'Rourke wins, he will be the first Democrat to win a statewide election since 1994 and the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Texas since 1988.

CNN has downgraded that race from Solid Republican to Likely Republican.

Sanders made the case to Texas voters that what he described as the current Republican agenda is not in line with the majority of Americans' beliefs.

"The Republican agenda of tax breaks for billionaires, throwing millions of people off of health care, cutting Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid ... is an agenda supported by relatively few people," he told Tapper.

Sanders also weighed in on Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's recent anti-Semitic speech in Chicago.

Asked by Tapper what he thought about the left's hesitation in condemning Farrakhan's speech, which included things like "the powerful Jews are my enemy" and "Satanic Jews," Sanders said:

"Racism is not acceptable. Religious bigotry against Muslims or Jews or anybody else is not acceptable."

Sanders told Tapper he would "take on" Farrakhan or anybody else who espouses such views.

"We as a nation have got to do everything that we can to fight anybody, whether it's Trump, Farrakhan or anybody else, who is trying to divide us up," he said. your social media marketing partner


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+70 # bread and butter 2018-03-11 13:44

1. Announce a presumptive nominee before the nomination process even begins.

2. Use a system of "Superdelegates ", with "extra-democrat ic" powers, to prop up that presumed nominee.

3. Have the Superdelegates openly state who they will vote for many months in advance, thus putting a thumb on the scales, and reinforcing the notion that regular voters don't really have a say in the outcome.

4. Begin an online campaign of harassment, ridicule, censorship, and name-calling against opponents from within your own party.

5. Insult the competing candidate based on age, and the fact that he can't be elected (since he still espouses the traditional values of the party).

6. Tip the scales more forcefully in several states, through GOP-style tactics, and then pretend it never happened.

7. Have your presumptive nominee spend virtually ALL of her time in secret back room meetings with Wall Street, and avoiding questions from regular voters at all costs.

8. Establish a "Foundation", with the sole intent of taking advantage of right-wing fundraising laws, to get secret money from secret foreign investors.

9. Use that money to start the name calling and blame game online against:

-Bernie Bros
-the media
-tree huggers

10. Lose the general election.

11. Act surprised and shocked!

12. Blame it all on Russia & Democratic voters.

13. Rinse

14. Repeat.
+16 # Caliban 2018-03-11 16:40
Old news. Time to put HRC and 2016 in the past and move ahead to find and/or to develop new leadership for the Democratic party.

The alternative -- four more years of @reallyawfuldon aldtrump.
+36 # bread and butter 2018-03-12 08:14
Sounds great.

The problem is that this "old news" refuses to go away. That's what this article is about.

This isn't just about Hillary.

It's about the DNC and their refusal to allow OUR party to represent US.

They're scared shitless of Sanders, because he represents a serious threat to their donors.
+24 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-11 19:40
B&B -- Thanks. Good post. The neo-lib/neo-con faction inside the Democratic party is desperate but it only has more of the same. Part of the reason Hillary lost in 2016 was her dirty and negative campaigning. As Sanders says, people hate that. After all, Russiagate is fundamentally an opposition research campaign gambit.

It is just good to see positive progressive candidates doing well. And good to see Sanders speaking out for them.
+6 # bread and butter 2018-03-12 09:10
This is why I think the real Hillary Clinton must be tied up in the Kremlin basement, and forced to watch America's Got Talent.

The Hillary Clinton we saw campaigning must have been a Russian agent, posing as Clinton, to do everything in her power to turn off the left as much as possible, so they'd sit out the general election.

Those Rascally Ruskies!

Those Unconscionable Kossacks!!

Too bad the real Hillary still hasn't been able to speak up about any of this.
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-13 08:39
I actually feel kind of sorry for Clinton. She's just so out of touch and she's such a tool or powerful men who run banks and the intelligence agencies. She needs to retire and enjoy life a little. I'm sure she has had a miserable life. She's really not good at anything and it has always shown pretty clearly. I hope this was a blessing in disguise. She now does not need to be the party standard bearer anymore.
+20 # librarian1984 2018-03-12 00:54
Effective yesterday all USians will comply with these new rules:

1) Civility and tolerance are no longer priorities. Accusations and insults will be the new emphasis. Lash out whenever possible.

2) Those refusing to meet each of your arbitrary demands are 'the enemy' and worthy of censure and abuse. (ref McCarthy, Joe)

3) Be prepared to betray your principles and act in ways you once eschewed. Inconsistency is strength. Hypocrisy is patriotic.

4) Do not cling to ideals of reason or virtue. They are not necessary or achievable.

5a) Accept militarism as the core American value.

5b) The CIA, NSA and FBI can be trusted.

5c) Remember, the most important people in a democracy are neither the electors nor the elected but lobbyists and political consultants, who deserve unquestioning loyalty and support.

6) Do as you're told and don't ask questions. Ever.

7) We can learn nothing from lost races and citizens are incapable of discerning what is true or relevant; therefore, accept msm assertions -- even when they contradict previous assertions. Truth is fluid.

8) The party is not there for your benefit. Send money and lower your expectations. Quit asking for health care.

9) When in doubt, blame Russia.

10) Unity and cooperation are not to be encouraged or tolerated. Our ultimate goal is to splinter into millions of more manageable groups of one. To that end it is necessary to maintain a constant state of fear.

Carry on.
+15 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-03-12 03:30
Very succintly and accurately stated. Thank you #bread and butter.
+6 # bread and butter 2018-03-12 09:04
Thank you, Jim.
-7 # Robbee 2018-03-12 08:53
Quoting bread and butter 2018-03-11 13:44:
12. Blame it all on Russia & Democratic voters.

- from russia with love, eh, comrade? - why does putin bury the lead? - tell us, b&b, how many troll-hours went into this list? - inquiring minds want to know!

houston proves that bernie and keith have good work to do yet at dccc

bernie calling dccc out proves bernie has started that good work

and don't make a big thing about "The DCCC dug up a 2014 Washingtonian article in which Moser wrote that she'd "sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia" than live in Paris, Texas" - a "deplorables"-s tyle misspeak - in other words, "deplorables" populate Paris, Texas; yet you p c cannot hate on living there

that's probably the easiest op research any op ever did? - googled "moser"? - it's not like moser doesn't have to face repukes googling "moser" if she makes it to the general

so the problem is not the op research, moser's words, but the timing and source of funds to replicate them - ideally an opposing candidate would have broadcast moser's words months before the primary?

anyway, dccc has some 'splainin to do! the optics are bad for dccc! and bernie and keith will pursue this! - go bernie!

by the way, robbee does not fear putinbot red thumbs!
to "Blame it all on Russia" has nothing to do with this story! only in the mind of putin!

fear of "Dem voters", after "love putin", is putin's divisive best! - split vote!
+3 # Benign Observer 2018-03-12 22:05
Cue disruptor-bot.
+23 # Wise woman 2018-03-11 21:18
Right on B&B. If the party could ever see itself espousing the beliefs of FDR, of which Bernie comes close, they could sit back and enjoy a great victory this year. I mean is it so difficult to understand why Roosevelt was elected 4 times? It's because he listened to we the people and set in motion the greatest set of protective laws ever envisioned in this country. And we won a war for a change that was JUSTIFIED!!!
+13 # bread and butter 2018-03-12 09:02
Thank you. You're absolutely right, which makes me literally wonder if they want to win. I'm not kidding. They're donors are not Democrats. There's apparently no law stating that unused campaign funds need to be given back after the election.

Think about it.

If a stealthy Republican poses as a Democrat, loses to the Republican, and collects millions for acting as a roadblock against real Democrats, who's to know?

That's what I believe the Clintons have become, and what a lot of the other DNC-approved candidates for 2020 will be.

Sanders scares them. He's a threat to their donors.
+5 # virtualaudio 2018-03-13 15:00
It saddens me what the mainstream Dem party has become. After abandoning the ideals of FDR, the unions, the 'middle-class', etc. in favor of their donors, the distinction between D & R dwindles. I refer you to Thomas Frank's excellent book 'Listen, Liberal' and, for good measure, a re-watching of 'Bulworth' (W. Beatty, 1998).
IMO, Sanders did so well in 2016 largely because people were (& are) hungry for change, tired of the current dysfunction, and, even if not consciously realized, they sense something is wrong in Washington - e.g. 'Our' representatives spend on average 4 hours a day making calls to raise money for their next campaign.
The polarization that already existed in 2016 and exacerbated by the current foul being occupying the White House has driven politicians to ever greater depths - principles and bold ideas are out of fashion; the only thing that matters is saying the 'right' thing in a given situation, even if it contradicts what you believe or what you said yesterday to a different audience.
And Clinton loyalists wonder why Sen. Sanders remains the most popular politician.. The mainstream blind spot is getting bigger & they're heading for a nasty crash..
+24 # MaggieB 2018-03-11 22:28
It is good to see CNN covering Bernie Sanders this time as the serious statesman that he is. Over and over we have seen "mainstream" writers and interviewers belittle and marginalize him, despite his enormous popularity and near-victory in 2016. When and if history renders its verdict on America's slide into fascism, such journalists will not fare well. So it's good to see this straightforward and well-written story.... Thousands of progressive voters across the country are watching Texas right now, I'd bet. As one of them, I'll do all I can to support the real Democrats, not the corporate fakes so often trotted out by the national party.
+17 # relegn 2018-03-12 06:53
The DCCC tactic, cut your own throat to protect the neo-liberal elites' position and when you lose that election blame everybody else.
+13 # Lgfoot 2018-03-12 08:45
The Greedy Old Party was always the party of exclusion- rich white males only, plus evangelicals, police and gun enthusiasts.
Democrats were the party of inclusion- everybody counts or nobody counts theory of Detective Bosch and Michael Connelly.
The move toward the right to win over supposed moderates among independents is killing the gems, because they are no longer believably the party of inclusion. You can't leave 10% of the people out of medical care, or otherwise side with the exclusionists and keep faith with your constituency. What Hillary and Wasserman Schultz did to Bernie was unforgivable, but what Baucus did to the poorest for the insurance companies was the beginning of the betrayal of the party's honor.
0 # Rower08 2018-03-14 16:20
Corruption, big money and apathy is bringing down the Republic. It will be interesting to see what rises from the ashes. By then, with any luck, my ashes will have been returned to the environment from whence they came.

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