In Today’s DNC Vote, the Hope if for a First Ballot Decision
In my last piece I pushed back against the attempt of some to play into GOP hands by demonizing Tom Perez as a ‘tool of the banks.’
As I said, I’ll be happy with either Perez or Ellison. The one hope is that the party can decide one way or other quickly.
Democratic leaders are pushing hard to get the chair race settled on the first ballot, bringing an end to the four-month long proxy war for what the party’s supposed to stand for.
“I have hope that it will resolved on the first ballot,” said Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire party chair and a candidate for DNC chair himself until dropping out to back Ellison last week.
“With teams of volunteers roaming the hotels with signs and campaign literature in the first DNC chair race since 1988 that went into the vote without a winner already clear, several DNC members say they’re exhilarated by what feels like a real convention, like the old days of party politics. Others call it a circus.”
Democracy is the glass half full way to frame it. Half empty is to point out the Dems haven’t had such a lack of leadership since then. In 1992, Bill Clinton came in and the rest was history.
No doubt this is an opportunity. Some think it will go more than one ballot.
“I think these elections are really hard to gauge because they remind me of caucus elections where a lot of people aren’t necessarily forthright in telling candidates who they’re going to vote for because people don’t want to say ‘no’ to somebody,” Michigan Democratic Party chairman Brandon Dillon, an Ellison supporter, said. “I do think it’s going to be close, I do think it’s going to go to more than one ballot.”
Matt McDermott warns against the narrative ‘If Ellison doesn’t win, I’m taking my marbles and going home.’
But a cautionary word: the balkanization of melodramatic activists declaring they'll leave the party if Ellison loses are insufferable.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 23, 2017
UPDATE: PeteButtigieg officially drops out, leaving it officially a two man race.
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