It says something mind boggling about the Democratic Party that its chairman, Tom Perez, is too far to the right for many of its members.
Perez has been on some kind of “unity” tour with Sen. Bernie Sanders. The tour was given its name on “opposite day,” because what it’s actually doing is exposing the disunity in the Party. The left hand, it seems, doesn’t understand what the far-left hand is doing.
The mainstream media isn’t making a bid deal of this, because it likes better the storyline of “moderate” Republicans and the “far-right” Freedom Caucus plunging their fangs into each other. Writing about disunited Democrats is not a fun day at work for the liberal press.
And can I ask, for a moment, why people like Freedom Caucus members are called “far-right” but nobody, ever, in the Democratic Party is described as “far-left”? The answer, of course, is that “far-left,” like “far-right,” sounds pejorative, and everyone at the New York Times knows that the de facto socialists who now make up about half the Democratic Party are just trying the hardest of all to do good.
So, in case you missed it, here’s a bit of what’s happening. You’ll enjoy this.
Many Democrats are unhappy the winner of the race for chairman was Perez and not Rep. Keith Ellison. And so they lobbing catcalls.
This is like booing Lenin because he doesn’t quite measure up to Stalin in his willingness to get things done. Perez is about as Lefty as it gets. He was Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor. Did you get that? Obama’s Secretary of Labor. That’s not exactly a position advertised in the National Review.
Even his new strategy of adding vile words to his speeches – i.e. everything Republicans do is “shit” and “shitty” – hasn’t helped, despite what must be the appeal for modern Democrats of hearing such language from their leaders.
But Perez might leave a few Kulaks around for show. Ellison is a scorched earth type of Leftist. While Perez is “far-left,” Ellison is “radical left.”
Ellison has said he wants Democrats to come out against the Second Amendment. He cosponsored a bill to impeach Dick Cheney.
The first Muslim elected to Congress, he has been associated with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam and taken donations from the leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which allegedly has ties to terrorist organizations.
Alan Dershowitz, whom Republicans have always viewed as a liberal, but who given the current state of affairs in the Democratic Party seems almost Thatcheresque, said he would leave the Party were Ellison elected its chair, writing:
Ellison’s anti-Semitism is confirmed by his support for another anti-Semite, Stokely Carmichael.
When there were protests about Carmichael’s speaking at the University of Minnesota, Ellison responded that: “The University’s position appears to be this: Political Zionism is off-limits no matter what dubious circumstances Israel was founded under; no matter what the Zionists do to the Palestinians; and no matter what wicked regimes Israel allies itself with — like South Africa. This position is untenable.”
But the connections are more recent as well. In 2009, Ellison headlined a fundraiser for Esam Omeish, a former candidate for Virginia state delegate who had told Palestinians that “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land.”
Ellison, having lost the race for chair, was hardly rebuked, instead being anointed Perez’s deputy. And so, if a crane falls on Perez’s head, Ellison will take the reins, I suppose.
And there will be no more booing at Democratic “unity” events.