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Sun Aug 6, 2017, 04:44 PM

 

Primary voters, not the DNC/DCCC, are responsible for imposing litmus tests on our candidates.

Maybe people have lost track about how elections work in this country, but our Democrstic Congressional candidates are not chosen by by Ben Lujan or Tom Perez or Nancy Pelosi.

They're chosen by Democratic primary voters in their local districts.

The DNC's job, and the DCCC's job,is to help nominees win the general election. That's it. Elect Democrats, not determine which Democrats are better on the issues.

It's the job of primary voters to pick the candidate who most closely reflects their values while providing the best chance to win.

So it's downright silly to expect the DCCC to try to tell primary voters who to choose, or to play favorites amongst primary winners based on ideology or any number of issues instead of helping the most Democratic candidates win.

If people are really bothered by the fact that Democratic primary winners in conservative districts tend to be more conservative, there's an app for that--local activism.

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Reply Primary voters, not the DNC/DCCC, are responsible for imposing litmus tests on our candidates. (Original post)
geek tragedy Aug 2017 OP
guillaumeb Aug 2017 #1
leftstreet Aug 2017 #2
geek tragedy Aug 2017 #6
BigmanPigman Aug 2017 #3
crazycatlady Aug 2017 #4
geek tragedy Aug 2017 #5
Vinca Aug 2017 #7
geek tragedy Aug 2017 #8
crazycatlady Aug 2017 #9

Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 04:49 PM

1. It is also the Democratic Organizations in each House District who are responsible.

So only if people are willing to attend the political meetings, often for months and years, and get elected to positions on the various committees, will any change take place.


I think that the Indivisible groups that sprang up are wonderful, but if they think that change will take place relatively quickly I feel that they will be disappointed.

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 04:52 PM

2. Then the DCCC should stop trying to influence that process n/t

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 05:20 PM

6. In general yes, the DCCC should have a general rule of

 

staying out of primaries.

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 04:54 PM

3. This probably has nothing to do with your post but

why are certain states chosen to be the first to hold primary elections and not others. How did this get started and why do we still follow it? Iowa and New Hampshire determine the primary candidates before more populous states like CA which is last.

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 05:02 PM

4. DCCC is only for congressional races

And the only time they will get involved in a primary is if there's a toxic candidate that they need to stop to win the race. Remember their goal is to take the majority in Congress by winning races.

Many of the times they will have conversations about candidates or try to recruit top-tier candidates (ie a popular state senator). There are also benchmarks (mostly fundraising) that a candidate must meet before they'll support him/her.

(I'm a campaign staffer who was trained by the DCCC twice).

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 05:19 PM

5. All of your points make sense--thanks! nt

 

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 05:22 PM

7. But the money is directed to candidates based on the whims of the DNC/DCCC.

If a candidate can't pay to get their message out, the primary voters don't know whether to impose a litmus test or not.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 05:25 PM

8. DCCC generally tries to help candidates in close GE races over the finish line.

 

Their job is not to spend on behalf of candidates in primary races.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 05:25 PM

9. DCCC often won't get involved until after the primary

Their focus is on the general (November) elections, not primaries.

THey do have tests for candidates. That is measured by their fundraising abilities. If they don't show they can raise $$ they won't get any help.

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