The 2017 Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairmanship election will be held during the week-end of Feb. 23-26. This chairperson will be elected by 447 people gathered in a hotel ballroom in Atlanta, GA. To win on the first ballot a candidate must win 224 votes.
At the moment I think there may be about ten candidates. I have heard interviews with only three, Pete Buttigieg, Keith Ellison, and Tom Perez. I am concerned.
Keith Ellison seems to have the fire in the belly for the job. He's passionate, and I think has good ideas. His support will come from the "Bernie" faction of the Party.
Tom Perez is also fired up and ready to go. His support will come from the "Obama" faction.
Is it wise to choose either? I was very impressed with Pete Buttigieg. If I had a vote it would be to support him.
Never has this chairmanship been of such importance as it will be for the next four years as the Party rebuilds. I hope those voting get it right. Status quo will not be good enough.
I'm concerned that so many Democrats seem to have as their mission setting Republicans straight. We should never be about the business of proselytizing. I welcome any Republican who, on their own, may decide to make a change in party but never do I want it to be the result of some Democrat proselytizing.
Some seem to think the object is to shrink the pool of Republicans. No, the object is to increase the number of Democrats by reaching out to the millions of eligible voters in America who do not vote. Those are people Democrats should have in their focus.
I'm concerned about the connectedness of Independents. I don't see this group of voters carrying their load. They have no party structure so running for office can be tricky without some connection to the money generated by either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.
I think a lot of Independents are either conservative Democrats or moderate Republicans. Isn't that supposed to be the answer, middle of the road? Sounds like the makings of a good party to me.
How do we engage these people and get them to do more than observe?
Matthew Dowd is the only voice I'm hearing on this subject. I follow him on Twitter but I don't actually know how he's doing with this idea. Money I suspect is a big object to success.
This afternoon I listened to the Axe Files podcast to an interview with Mike Leavitt, a Republican Politician. David Axelrod, a Democrat from the Obama administration had a wonderful conversation with Leavitt about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). I was totally taken aback that these two men from rivaling political parties could engage in reasonable conversation. Really made me aware of just how toxic today's politics are.
Why would Republicans do that? Spite?
_____________________________________The important thing to watch in coming days is not President Trump's "base" but rather those who voted tentatively for him. His base will remain stuck to him like Velcro, but will he be able to keep the support of those who voted tentatively for him?