DCCC Will Support Candidates Who Say They Choose Life

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DCCC Will Support Candidates Who Say They Choose Life

by baldilocks

:::until they get into office:::

The Demo­c­rat Party’s lat­est strat­egy sits poorly with some of its loyal backers.

The Demo­c­ra­tic party is fac­ing a revolt from the left after the Demo­c­ra­tic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee chair­man said the party would back pro-​life can­di­dates in 2018.

The DCCC chair­man, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, told The Hill that there will not be “a lit­mus test” for can­di­dates on the sub­ject of abor­tion. Lujan’s com­ments come as Democ­rats attempt to rebuild a bro­ken party that has hem­or­rhaged elected offices on both the state and national level.

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I’m afraid I’ll be with­hold­ing sup­port for the DCCC if this is true,” said for­mer Ver­mont Gov. Howard Dean, whose name was briefly floated this year as a can­di­date for DNC chair.

What bet­ter strat­egy than to betray their base and reaf­firm that women’s basic rights are nego­tiable and dis­pos­able,” said promi­nent lib­eral colum­nist Jill Filipovic.

Reduc­ing the rights of those with child-​bearing capac­ity to a mere mat­ter of opin­ion is utterly uncon­scionable,” declared New Repub­lic writer Rachel Cote. She added: “The Demo­c­ra­tic Party is in fact say­ing that there’s ‘no lit­mus test’ regard­ing their col­leagues’ sup­port of basic bod­ily auton­omy. Terrible.”

Say­ing that the Demo­c­rat Party had taken the lead on abor­tion advo­cacy is a Cap­tain Obvi­ous asser­tion, but indi­vid­ual Democ­rats are far less homoge­nous in their opin­ions and beliefs about abor­tion. And now, after a long record of los­ing elec­tions, with the 2016 elec­tion being the straw, the Party wants to win again.

And such is the nature of politi­cians and polit­i­cal par­ties regard­less of affil­i­a­tion: say what you need to say — even repu­di­ate your most revered sacra­ment – then, when you win, drop the mask.

One more thing: I’ll bet that the usual sus­pects hol­ler­ing about the DCCC’s prag­ma­tism are merely play­ing their assigned roles; they won’t with­hold any sup­port, at least not where it counts: fund­ing. They’re sup­posed to cry out in pub­lic protest about this. After enough pro-​life Democ­rats and some Repub­li­cans are lured back into the fold, the pro­fes­sional Democ­rats will tighten their rhetoric right back up.

No, I don’t trust any of them. Why do you ask?

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

:::until they get into office:::

The Democrat Party’s latest strategy sits poorly with some of its loyal backers.

The Democratic party is facing a revolt from the left after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman said the party would back pro-life candidates in 2018.

The DCCC chairman, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, told The Hill that there will not be “a litmus test” for candidates on the subject of abortion. Lujan’s comments come as Democrats attempt to rebuild a broken party that has hemorrhaged elected offices on both the state and national level.

(…)

“I’m afraid I’ll be withholding support for the DCCC if this is true,” said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, whose name was briefly floated this year as a candidate for DNC chair.

“What better strategy than to betray their base and reaffirm that women’s basic rights are negotiable and disposable,” said prominent liberal columnist Jill Filipovic.

“Reducing the rights of those with child-bearing capacity to a mere matter of opinion is utterly unconscionable,” declared New Republic writer Rachel Cote. She added: “The Democratic Party is in fact saying that there’s ‘no litmus test’ regarding their colleagues’ support of basic bodily autonomy. Terrible.”

Saying that the Democrat Party had taken the lead on abortion advocacy is a Captain Obvious assertion, but individual Democrats are far less homogenous in their opinions and beliefs about abortion. And now, after a long record of losing elections, with the 2016 election being the straw, the Party wants to win again.

And such is the nature of politicians and political parties regardless of affiliation: say what you need to say — even repudiate your most revered sacrament – then, when you win, drop the mask.

One more thing: I’ll bet that the usual suspects hollering about the DCCC’s pragmatism are merely playing their assigned roles; they won’t withhold any support, at least not where it counts: funding. They’re supposed to cry out in public protest about this. After enough pro-life Democrats and some Republicans are lured back into the fold, the professional Democrats will tighten their rhetoric right back up.

No, I don’t trust any of them. Why do you ask?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!