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Crosbie writes: "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new set of rules on Friday that aims to protect incumbent candidates across the country at the cost of also cracking down on any ideological progress or debate about the party's direction."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)


The DCCC Sure as Hell Isn't Going to Let Another AOC Win

By Jack Crosbie, Splinter

23 March 19

 

he Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new set of rules on Friday that aims to protect incumbent candidates across the country at the cost of also cracking down on any ideological progress or debate about the party’s direction.

The DCCC’s new “hiring standards,” which, per the National Journal, went out to more than 100 political firms that consult or work on campaigns around the country, say the organization will not contract with or recommend the services of any firm that chooses to work for an incumbent Democrat’s opponent. In other words, if a political firm challenges the status quo at all—like working with Ayanna Pressley or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the 2018 midterms, when they both defeated longtime incumbents—they face a DCCC blacklist.

According to the National Journal:

The new protocol, intentionally debuted early in the off-year before most campaign hiring begins, presents a stark financial deterrent to the country’s top firms that provide essential services ranging from polling to TV advertising to strategy. It could cripple would-be primary opponents’ ability to entice top talent to join their staff. The DCCC independent-expenditure arm doles out millions in contracts to consultants and drives more revenue toward them by connecting campaigns with vetted operatives.

“The DCCC is often times the gatekeeper for consultants to get to candidates,” said Ian Russell, a campaign media strategist and former top official at the committee. “Unless you have a steady stream of income coming from another source, it would be very difficult to navigate the House world if you were shut out by the DCCC.”

The DCCC’s weak justification for these rules is to protect the Democrats’ hard-won majority in the House. But this doesn’t do that. Blocking the best political firms from working with progressive primary opponents doesn’t make fragile centrists in swing districts any safer from Republicans in the general election, but it certainly hinders those districts from putting up a stronger candidate if one comes along. It could also have the effect of helping protect all incumbents, not just the obstinate centrist ones who pander to the Republicans or the status quo.

Fortunately, this power grab isn’t going unnoticed. It’s a good sign when your middling Democrat protection plan doesn’t even pass a smell test by the Pod Save America doofuses:

This is a cynical, stupid idea that will only hurt the party going forward—and a perfect example of how the Democrats would rather back a middle of the road, near-Republican instead of new progressive voices like Pressley or Ocasio-Cortez. If we continue down this road, there’s a good chance 2020 could be 2014, or even 2010, all over again.

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+65 # Macserp 2019-03-23 16:05
This is exactly the opposite direction the committee and the party need to be going in terms of getting big money influence out of our elections. By choosing who gets their money and support, they put more emphasis on the corrupting influence of campaign finance.
The odd thing is, candidates like AOC and Bernie, have found most of there funding elsewhere anyway.
 
 
+23 # ktony 2019-03-24 05:43
Wasn't it Bernie who said, "The Democratic leadership doesn't mind going down with the Titanic as long as they have First Class seats."? Whatever fluff they spout about inclusiveness and "The Will of the People," they are still corporate lackeys first and foremost. To them, the horrors of actual democracy must be crushed at any cost, even if that means losing silly little things like presidential elections.
 
 
+25 # lfeuille 2019-03-23 22:44
I think this is going to backfire and encourage more progressive insurgents to challenge "centrist" incumbents.
 
 
+15 # AldoJay69 2019-03-24 03:06
Who's in charge of decisions like this?!

Please name their names!!
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2019-03-24 19:40
I don't know who is in charge of the DCCC but I'm guessing Pelosi, Perez and Hoyer are involved.
 
 
+26 # maverita 2019-03-24 04:18
Not surprising. the DCCC pulled out every trick they could to stop Bernie. Exactly why I NEVER donate to the party, only the candidates directly.
 
 
+17 # Stilldreamin1 2019-03-24 05:30
Hopefully the new class of young Democrats in the House will condemn this policy as corrupt and undemocratic.
 
 
+12 # Indie 2019-03-24 06:02
This is outrageous and stupid. The Clintons' Third Way was a mistake and so is this. The Democratic establishment is just the moderate Republican party which we don't need.Maybe to replace the current fascist Republican party. There needs to be a progressive party whether Democratic or not. I have long thought our two party system could be represented by breaking the current Democratic party in two. AOC and her like are the hope for our democracy.
 
 
+22 # jpap100 2019-03-24 06:28
We need vibrant Democratic candidates NOT stultified members of the political industrial complex sworn to support a party(either one of course) refusing to break free of moneyed influence. We don’t need any more Republican-lite offerings and we surely don’ t need the DCCC. Don’t give them a dime!
 
 
+9 # vt143 2019-03-24 06:29
Democracy in action! How I despise these folks.
 
 
+3 # Robbee 2019-03-24 18:58
Quoting vt143:
Democracy in action! How I despise these folks.

- as robbee always says - "fuck the dccc! if they can't take a joke!"!"
 
 
+4 # sweetbabbalou 2019-03-24 10:30
Time to register as Independent.
 
 
+14 # chrisconno 2019-03-24 10:34
This is a defeating time to protect the status quo, whether it be republican or democrat. We have destructive issues hurtling toward us like inadequate healthcare, toxic chemical infused everything, and the King Kong of issues, climate change. We can't simply stay the course with incumbents who are as guilty of getting us to this threatened place as the republicans are of wanting us to hide our heads and just believe everything they tell us. Bernie and AOC are just what we need to look forward and see the problems before they cripple us.
 
 
+6 # DongiC 2019-03-24 18:50
The DCCC is like collective suicide in action. I can't think of a better way to sink the Democratic Party beneath the waves of popular scorn. The DCCC is out of touch with the issues as well as what the electorate really wants. Save the environment, you dolts; give our kids a chance at a decent life. Ignore this message and prepare to get obliterated by a majority of angry voters. Whooh.
 
 
+8 # trimegestus 2019-03-24 20:37
*** The DCCC’s new “hiring standards,” which, per the National Journal, went out to more than 100 political firms that consult or work on campaigns around the country, say the organization will not contract with or recommend the services of any firm that chooses to work for an incumbent Democrat’s opponent. ***

I recall reading that the Clinton campaign outspent the Trump campaign by a margin of 2-to-1. Despite the financial advantage, the Clinton campaign and its cohort of expensive political consultants were defeated.

So, if the DCCC’s new “hiring standards” are enforced, then progressive candidates may be insulated from the incompetence of established (loser) campaign consultants. In other words, the DCCC may have performed a service for maverick candidates such as AOC.
 
 
+9 # retiredbiker1 2019-03-25 13:06
The DNCC is doing the same thing the DNC did in 2016: pick a corporate-owned ,Neoliberal, establishment candidate, and cut the other contenders (especially Progressives) off at the knees.

They did it with Bernie in 2016, and it cost them the election (along with nominating the candidate most likely to energize the Neanderthal GOP-voters).

A large majority of voters of BOTH parties want "Medicare for All," free college and university education, free parental leave, and free childcare, ALL of which the DNCC and DNC-annointed candidates refuse to endorse.

If they nominate another Corporate Establishment clone, they will give us another four years of the Orange Disaster!
 
 
+5 # ljslotnick 2019-03-25 22:02
If a majority of the strategy firms ignore this directive, the directive will end up being worth the (toilet) paper it was written on. How can a person have an ounce of respect for the DCCC ?
 

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