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Monday, July 15, 2019

House Democratic leaders, their patience fraying, signaled this weekend to Representative Ocasio-Cortez's outspoken top aide that his seeming efforts to lead an insurrection against more moderate Democrats would no longer be tolerated -- a message also aimed at the freshman congresswoman who employs him. Ocasio-Cortez, has given her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, remarkable latitude to pursue the divisive politics that made his name when he led Justice Democrats, a group founded to challenge entrenched Democrats through primary campaigns. With that license, Mr. Chakrabarti has become an unelected symbol of the party's growing disunity, as Democrats try to coalesce as a party before what promises to be a punishing fight next year for the White House. The battle between the Democrats who secured the House majority last year by flipping Republican districts and the smaller, but politically potent, left-wing from secure Democratic districts has found its cause célèbre.

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The most interesting part of the article is at the end. It's clear that AOC and her movement are not what they claim to be.

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"Saikat Chakrabarti"

Any relation to Slartibartfast?

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-15 11:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

That dude reeks of sleazy.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-15 11:47 PM | Reply

That dude reeks of sleazy.
#2 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

How so? Seems like a guy with an opinion .... but "sleazy"?

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-15 11:53 PM | Reply

This guy is interesting.

The Democratic Party better figure out how to deal with him.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-16 12:00 AM | Reply

"Ocasio-Cortez, has given her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti,"

Hahah, that's is not how that relationship works. Saikat owns AOC. He threw a hundred candidates at the wall last year. She stuck. He's going to throw a hundred more. He has no sympathy for moderate Dems and will see all of them thrown out on their asses, for better or worse.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-16 08:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How so? Seems like a guy with an opinion .... but "sleazy"?

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris

Trustfunder who thinks corps don't have any responsibilities to follow the law doesn't see sleaze.

I guess you're just used to it, eh?

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-16 08:52 AM | Reply

He has no sympathy for moderate Dems and will see all of them thrown out on their asses, for better or worse.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Yeah, and guarantee at least four more years of unfettered GOP rule.

He is quickly turning into just as destructive a force as Trump and his mouth breathing base.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-16 08:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 what jpw said. He is hiding his wealth and spitting on the accepted norms. His involvement is showing aoc is a hypocrite.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-16 09:44 AM | Reply

#5 I was unaware of this.... People need to know who he is.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-16 09:45 AM | Reply

The GOP knows about him which is, at least in part, why they are focusing on AOC so much...if something awful surfaces....and they hammer it in just right in swing states....that could keep Trump in the WH.

#10 | Posted by eberly at 2019-07-16 09:51 AM | Reply

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Democrats are desperately looking for a scapegoat to blame their party's lurch to the Left on. That's not going to fool anyone.

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-16 09:53 AM | Reply

Democrats are desperately looking for a scapegoat to blame their party's lurch to the Left on. That's not going to fool anyone.

#11 | Posted by nullifidian

A majority of Americans know who's to blame for the chaos in the WH and American politics.

Trump's racism and xenophobia & GOP silence/acquiescence/tax cuts for the wealthy VS affordable college and health care.

Hm. Who do you think is going to win that battle of ideals?

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-16 10:06 AM | Reply

Democrats are desperately looking for a scapegoat to blame their party's lurch to the Left on. That's not going to fool anyone.

#11 | Posted by nullifidian

No surprise the idiot would hear the loud few and think it's the crowd.

Hey numbnuts, did you even read the article? Sure sounds like a "lurch to the left" for the party at large to me. /snark

Idiot.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-16 10:25 AM | Reply

Hm. Who do you think is going to win that battle of ideals?

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY

As the incumbent, Trump.

The Dems are swinging too far and will miss by a wide margin at this rate.

If this stupidity keeps up Trump will win 2020 and the Dems will give back all the house seats they flipped. I've been predicting it for months and it keeps looking more and more likely by the day.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-16 10:27 AM | Reply

JPW

Americans found out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was NOT socialism as so many screamed.

The GOP, especially after acquiescing to Trump's racism and chaotic, Twitter rant-filled ways, will not have very much credibility. They've cried wolf too many times. And sat by, silently, as Trump denigrates the office and remakes the GOP into the white nationalist party of his making.

Women and suburban voters do not like Trump. They've seen him in action. Swing voters will not make the same mistake twice and put him back in the WH. America wants a return to normalcy.

#15 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-16 10:35 AM | Reply

Women and suburban voters do not like Trump. They've seen him in action. Swing voters will not make the same mistake twice and put him back in the WH. America wants a return to normalcy.

#15 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY

I didn't say that those people will vote for Trump.

They'll stay home.

Between Trump being Trump, the GOP being a disgusting pile of unpatriotic, spineless schitt and now the Dem infighting and SJW/identity politic slap fight the overwhelming sense for your average voter will be disgust and then exhaustion and finally apathy.

They do want normal, but the Dems, at least the loudest shouting ones, aren't advocating for normalcy. They're calling for a hard swing past normal to the other direction and people are wary of hard swings right now.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-16 10:57 AM | Reply

... and now the Dem infighting and SJW/identity politic slap fight ..

JPW

This will be yesterday's news in a couple weeks, except on Fox News, which has a viewership during their prime time less than Judge Judy does.

People REALLY dislike Trump. IMO, that alone will motivate voters to the polls. People want normalcy.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-16 11:06 AM | Reply

Hey numbnuts, did you even read the article? Sure sounds like a "lurch to the left" for the party at large to me. /snark
Idiot.

#13 | POSTED BY JPW

If the first 2 debates were an indicator, the party is absolutely lurching to the far left.

People want normalcy.

#17 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Agreed. And if Biden can grow a spine and stop apologizing for everything he'll win the Dem nomination and likely be our next president. For as loud and influential as the SJW warriors are in the Democratic Party, they are still in the minority. A majority of Democrat voters want sanity.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-16 11:30 AM | Reply

If the first 2 debates were an indicator, the party is absolutely lurching to the far left.

The norm has always been play to the base then moderate for the general.

The abnormalcy is the right's play to the base then lurch further past the base during the general.

Some Dems have foolishly taken this lesson to heart instead of the lessons from the Obama years. Hell, even Obama's VP is now too racist and centric for them.

In any case I think a candidate like Warren is more likely to follow that template and the key will be how well she tunes her lefty slide between the two campaigns.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-16 11:37 AM | Reply

People REALLY dislike Trump. IMO, that alone will motivate voters to the polls. People want normalcy.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY

You're not hearing me.

A dislike for Trump means nothing if they're equally distrustful and have an equal dislike for the Dem candidate.

The Dems should not and CANNOT depend on "I'm not Trump" to turn out the vote. It simply won't work.

And yes, people want normalcy. But free college, medicare for all, student loan foregiveness ect ect are not "normal" either. That's why I think people will be unwilling to accept a candidate that is too far to the left, particularly in the middle states where districts did flip based on a dislike for Trump. Going too hard left will simply create the conclusion that they made a mistake and the Dems aren't really looking out for them either.

And playing to the coasts will only give us another 2016 where the popular vote goes Dem but the EC vote goes Trump.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-16 11:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

-People REALLY dislike Trump. IMO, that alone will motivate voters to the polls. People want normalcy.

To add onto JPW's response above (NW, BTW)....dislike alone doesn't work on election day.

They work in polls every time, but they fall short on election day.

Focus on the swing states and who the dems can run successfully there. Going to California and have praises sung to the candidate who offers free stuff won't work.

#21 | Posted by eberly at 2019-07-16 11:48 AM | Reply

JPW,

I get the play-to-the-base during the primary and move to the center gambit as it's been the template in politics for a long time.

The problem is a candidate can only move so far.

Most of these presidential candidates are about as far left as Libertarians are far right.

Decriminalization of illegal entry, "free" healthcare for illegal aliens, M4A, "free college", student loan debt forgiveness, reparations for slavery, zero restrictions on abortion up to the point of birth, slightly scaled-down versions of the Green New Deal, mass amnesty....

Just a couple of years ago all of those bullet-points would have been absurd hyperbole of baseless straw-men.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-16 11:49 AM | Reply

And playing to the coasts will only give us another 2016 where the popular vote goes Dem but the EC vote goes Trump.

#20 | Posted by jpw

I doubt any Dem candidate will make the mistake of taking WI, MI, and PA for granted ever again.

#23 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-16 01:55 PM | Reply

Most of these presidential candidates are about as far left as...

...allowed to be, in today's ultra right wing America.

Advocating for healthcare for all and free education is pretty moderate on the liberal scale.

I understand the horrors you must be dealing with.

M4A? Free college education? School debt forgiveness? What is this communist America?

Jeff grew up during McCarthyism, and that shht stuck with him.

"Better dead than red, but better red than a Democrat."

That was the saying, right?

#24 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-16 02:07 PM | Reply

-M4A? Free college education? School debt forgiveness?

if you're calling that "moderate" then what's far left?

-Jeff grew up during McCarthyism, and that shht stuck with him.

I'm pretty sure Jeff is around 49-50....so, no, he didn't grow up during McCarthysim.

#25 | Posted by eberly at 2019-07-16 02:24 PM | Reply

Very close, Ebs.

I'm 48. I grew up during the '70's and '80's.

#26 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-16 02:27 PM | Reply

if you're calling that "moderate" then what's far left?

Yes. Those are moderate, possibly left of center, policies.

Unless you consider nations like England, Canada, Germany, Israel... to be "far left". Who knows, you might.

What do I consider far left? Real Socialism. Which we are so far away from, people like you see helping our fellow Americans to healthcare and education to be something extremely liberal and from the far left field.

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-16 02:35 PM | Reply

Clown, I agree that most folks on the right have a skewed view of what they think is socialism or "far left" but you didn't answer my question.....what is real socialism?

examples please....

#28 | Posted by eberly at 2019-07-16 02:37 PM | Reply

"What do I consider far left? Real Socialism."

You're really not, though. You may be advocating a different mechanism, but not a different end state.

Had the Kulaks and other parties the Soviet Union required to achieve socialism simply done as they were told, I think the USSR would have been a very different country. But they didn't do that. And the socialists correctly realized that the enablers and producers needed to be brought to heel for the system to work.

So what happens if those essential parties, namley the wealthy, simply refuse to following along? It is very difficult to make someone do something in the long term if they don't want to. Unless you resort to extreme violence.

#29 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-07-16 02:44 PM | Reply

"In any case I think a candidate like Warren is more likely to follow that template and the key will be how well she tunes her lefty slide between the two campaigns."

Obama was like that. When he was elected, I was a little concerned that someone so out of touch was sitting in the White House, based on comments he had made during that he had made during his career. In reality, he was a very centrist president, and did a pretty good job.

#30 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-07-16 02:49 PM | Reply

Trump has successfully unified the Democratic Party with a couple of tweets

#31 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-16 03:39 PM | Reply

-Trump has successfully unified the Democratic Party with a couple of tweets

Pffft...for a week, or until the next little trinket that comes along that he tweets and it completely captures everyone's attention.

#32 | Posted by eberly at 2019-07-16 09:07 PM | Reply

All I can say about AOC is -- you go girl!

#33 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-07-16 11:25 PM | Reply

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