Silenced: Purge of Progressives?

Silenced: Purge of Progressives?

Coming under the heading: We View With Serious Alarm (and WTF?) is the ongoing story of what may be a purge of progressives from the leadership of the Democratic Party.

By this time, you will have seen the several stories about what seems like a deliberate plan to remove Bernie Supporters, Progressives, Left Nationalists, and their allies from positions of authority within and around the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Common Dreams ran with the headline, “Concern of Progressive Purge as Bernie Wing ‘Left in the Cold’ at DNC” last week and noted that losers in the current re-shuffle included “Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender DNC member…Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, and Alice Germond, former DNC secretary.” NBC News ran a similar story, “Shake-Up at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted,” though it quoted Democratic officials who said that there was no real purge, only a game of musical chairs of the sort that occurs often in political parties.

That may indeed be so. But even if it were true (which we frankly doubt) the timing and gracelessness of the removals are extremely worrying. Indeed, given that we are in a moment of crisis, when every voter and every dollar counts, for the DNC poobahs to appear…even if just appear…to be throwing the Bernie Bros and Girls, and their friends, under the bus seems to be about the stupidest thing you could imagine them doing in a month of Sundays.

So, in short, if the Democrats want to do something crazy and maybe like actually win an election for a change…well, then, maybe the DNC ought to do a little rethinking.

Before it’s 2020, and we’re looking at four more years of…him.

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