This morning McClatchy is reporting that DNC fundraising is at the worst it’s been in a decade, measured against the last two midterm cycles. The committee currently has 7.8 million in the bank and 6.7 million in debt.
In yesterday’s White House press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders took a rare chance to tell the truth, stating the heading into the midterms, the Democrats have no message and nothing to run on except attacking Trump. The status of the DNC’s coffers absolutely reflects that sentiment as Democratic loyalists have less faith in the party’s major apparatus than in years. The malaise is all self-inflicted.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman during the 2016 election suppressed the energy and bold ideas of Bernie Sanders’s campaign. A year later, Barrack Obama stepped in to tip the scales in favor of Tom Perez for chairman over Keith Ellison, a fight that was framed as Hillary/Bernie rematch. Since Perez stepped into the role, he’s personified the establishment and lulled donors to sleep (except for that one time he said shit!). He’s still repeating Clinton’s, “America is great because America is good.” A tin eared lie that pissed people off in 2016 and continues to alienate the Democrats base.
Perez knows he's fucking up and instead of taking a stand to support Medicare for All or committing to reverse climate change, his sober clarity of failure has inspired him to practically reverse a three month old ban on accepting money from fossil fuel companies. Companies are still barred but their employees, including the rich executives who make up the top deck of said companies can. Nothing screams conviction and principle like sucking up for cash from the folks destroying the planet!
One has to wonder by now, for all the work the establishment has done to retain control of the Democratic Party, what are they expecting to have in the end? Like an ice cube, the power isn’t doing any good in their hands, and the longer they hold it, the more it melts away.
For progressives though, this dismal state should come as good news. McClatchy reports that donors are still spending, choosing to fund independent groups that range from moderate to far left, a signal that voters are demanding bold ideas and definitive change. The days of marching behind a lumbering specter of incremental managerialism is behind us and we have the empty hulls of DWS, Clinton, Obama and Perez to finally thank.