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(6,282 posts)
Mon May 23, 2016, 04:01 PM May 2016

Did DWS unintentionally do us a favor with the DNC platform commitee picks?

Sanders also picked Cornel West, a liberal author and racial justice activist who has been a Sanders surrogate. Sanders also named Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, among his most prominent elected backers, author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and Native American activist Deborah Parker.

The Clinton campaign’s choices are Wendy Sherman, a former top State Department official and Clinton surrogate; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and longtime Clinton confidante; Rep. Luis Guttierez of Illinois; Carol Browner, a former former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy; Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece and Paul Booth of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

Wasserman Schultz also named former California Rep. Howard Berman; California Rep. Barbara Lee and author and executive Bonnie Schaefer.

Each campaign also has a non-voting representative at committee meetings.


So DWS picked Rep. Barbara Lee, who so far has never declared a preference amongst the candidates; but it's hard to conclude she is truly neutral, and certainly not on the issues and platform. In fact, I recall this bit from a Politico article from a few months back, detailing the first campaign meeting:

They were sitting around two years ago on couches and armchairs in liberal radio host Bill Press’s rowhouse near Eastern Market in Washington, picking at dinner. Sanders, his wife Jane, and all of his top people were there, except for campaign manager Jeff Weaver, who wouldn’t be hired for a year.

Sanders had asked Press to pull in a few others, too, including then-American Bridge president Brad Woodhouse, former Harry Reid chief of staff Susan McCue, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). They spitballed and listened as the Vermont senator laid out what he wanted to do, talked about what a race would really entail, how tough running against Hillary Clinton would be. Jane Sanders gave off the distinct impression she was collecting information she hoped to use to talk him out of it.


My question is: does DWS know this?

Either way, this is great news!
Did DWS unintentionally do us a favor with the DNC platform commitee picks? (Original Post) JonLeibowitz May 2016 OP
K&R. libdem4life May 2016 #1
Congresswoman Barbara Lee... bvar22 May 2016 #2
Congresswoman Barbara Lee... LovingA2andMI May 2016 #3
This, among MANY other reasons, makes me think she is an ally on the platform committee. JonLeibowitz May 2016 #4
I hear you... Barbara Lee is a wonderful, powerful choice! Raster May 2016 #5


(39,909 posts)
2. Congresswoman Barbara Lee...
Mon May 23, 2016, 05:00 PM
May 2016

..was the ONLY elected official to vote NO on the original AUMF giving Bush permission to invade Afghanistan.

I supported her vote. Even that early, enough information was available to determine that Afghanistan did not attack us on 9/11, but a handful of Saudi criminals hiding in some warlord's desert organized the attack. 99.99% of the The Afghans we killed were entirely innocent.

Barbara Lee STOOD ALONE.
I admire that courage.

Somewhere in the archives is an OP of mine titled:
"Drop Big Macs, Blue Jeans, and $100 Bills on Afghanistan, NOT bombs."
It would have been cheaper, and much more effective.


(7,006 posts)
3. Congresswoman Barbara Lee...
Mon May 23, 2016, 05:12 PM
May 2016

Is a STRONG Progressive so, this pick -- might be a favor to Bernie afterall.

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