The liberal media and our opponents in the Democrat Party often like to point out the turmoil within the Republican Party as conservatives fight the establishment for the future of the GOP. However, they fail to discuss a similar battle that is occurring in the Democrat Party. In much the same way, the left-wing of the Democrat Party is almost constantly at loggerheads with the establishment of their own party as well. We likely don’t appreciate their fight because our government seems to be growing more and more liberal, even with the conflict in the Democrat Party. (Part of that is the failure of the establishment GOP push for more conservative solutions to problems.)
Over the past weekend we got to know Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) when she went on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss the problems in Baltimore and explain how they are wholly the fault of the Republican Party. Edwards has a lot on her plate right now as she ramps up for a primary fight in her home state – she is taking on establishment favorite Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to try to replace retiring Democrat Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
Both Democrats promised to fight for abortion rights, equal pay and Social Security expansion at the event hosted by the Maryland branch of the National Organization for Women.
While Edwards emphasized her history as an activist and her experience as an African American woman, Van Hollen played up his leadership role in Congress and political effectiveness…
Gender and race were not the only divisions between the two. Edwards hit her rival on retirement programs, saying that “when it was time to cut a deal, Mr. Van Hollen was willing to consider — those are his own words — cuts to Social Security and Medicare.”
There are minor differences between them on many issues, but they are often in level of degrees and not in philosophical differences. For example, while Van Hollen is usually opposed to free-trade agreements, Edwards is ALWAYS against them. The most basic difference is that Van Hollen has been hand selected by the Democrat Party establishment, while Edwards is more of a grassroots very progressive liberal. And that distinction is causing a lot of friction and hurt feelings within the Democrat Party in Maryland.
In Florida, the Democrat Party is threatening to blow up into an all out family brawl right in front of the entire nation.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has chosen to endorse Patrick Murphy as their candidate for the U.S. Senate from Florida. Murphy is seen as a rising Democrat star, who happens to be an establishment favorite and a more “moderate” member of the party.
Here’s what Senator John Tester (D-MT) had to say about the DSCC’s choice of Murphy:
“Patrick Murphy is one of our party’s most promising rising stars, and his track record of fighting for Florida’s working families, seniors, and the environment make him the strongest candidate to win the Florida Senate race and flip this seat. During his time in the House, Patrick has stepped up to protect the Florida Everglades, voted down extreme proposals that would harm Medicare, voted to protect Social Security and fought to ensure that working families are given a fair chance to get ahead. I am confident that Patrick will continue working hard for all Floridians following his successful election to the Senate and we are proud to support his campaign.”
These descriptions of him as “establishment” and “moderate” do not please the grassroots activists in the purple Sunshine state, and they are not taking the news that the DSCC is supporting Murphy well. The far-left Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has already warned the national party that he plans on running for the Senate seat come 2016, so they shouldn’t be crowing Murphy just yet.
“Florida Democratic voters choose our party nominee, not out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room in Washington, DC. As I said before, I am probably going to run for the Senate,” Grayson said.
And Susan Smith, President of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida was even more direct about her distaste with the national party’s decision.
“Progressives are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party in Florida and across the nation. We are the volunteers who stuff envelopes, knock on doors, and provide the grassroots energy that powers successful Democratic campaigns. The idea that a senator from Montana and Wall Street Democrats know better than rank-and-file Florida Democrats is both patronizing and unsurprising. Then again, no one knows better than Jon Tester that DSCC support doesn’t mean a whole lot.
“Florida Democrats are looking to support a progressive candidate who will lead on big, bold economic populist ideas, not another politician who will do Wall Street’s bidding in Washington.
“I wish the DSCC would take a page from the Democratic National Committee’s playbook. Last week when Bernie Sanders announced he was joining Hillary Clinton in running for president, the DNC wisely welcomed him to the race because they recognize that spirited primary debates are good for our party and our country.”
Hmm. Sounds like us conservatives complaining about John McCain and Lindsey Graham, no? Let’s see if the infighting in the Democrat Party causes as much turmoil and pain as the attacks on conservatives from the GOP establishment have hurt the Republican Party.
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