Last week, Tom Perez was elected as the new Democratic National Committee Chairman. However, the election was not without controversy and drama. Republicans can now rest assured that Democrats will continue the struggle within their party and proceed to lose future elections. Here is why Tom Perez is both toxic to the DNC and an early Christmas present for Republicans:
1. The same old dirty politics continues.
It is important to remember that Tom Perez was discovered to be consulting Hillary Clinton to label Bernie Sanders as the “white-man’s vote” during the hotly contested Nevada Primary. In an email leaked by Wikileaks between Tom Perez and John Podesta, Perez admitted to conjuring a plan to label presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders as the white-folk vote. In fact, Perez stated “[if we label Bernie] the narrative changes from Bernie kicks ass among young voters to Bernie does well only among young white liberals– that is a different story and a perfect lead in to South Carolina, where once again, we can work to attract young voters of color”.
This is an example of the racial chase democrats are far too worried about. Not only have they tried to label their republican opposition as racists, but now they have resorted to splitting their own party.
If democrats should have learned anything from the general election in November, it is that the average American is fed up with the racial division set forth by their party. Electing a man who sees some Americans as voters of color and others as privileged, will only fuel people to abandon them once and for all.
2. “The Pull” is coming.
Just as the Right saw the rise of the Tea Party movement during a time of discourse within the party, “The Pull” to more progressive policies is about to happen for the Left. Perez was not the most progressive candidate for Chairman. However, Tom Perez did appoint the most progressive candidate, Congressman Keith Ellison, as deputy chair in an attempt to unify the party. Shortly after Tom’s election, Democrats started the twitter hashtag: #DemExit.
Not only did many Democrats characterize Perez as not far enough to the left, but they immediately started challenging his rhetoric. In a tweet posted by Mr. Perez himself, Tom proposed the idea that democrats are united to defeat Trump’s agenda. This led to a firestorm of criticism from members of their own party.
This division within the party has given hope to the Republican Party for future elections. A broken and divided Democratic Party spells danger for the future of liberal priorities. This may increasingly cause moderate voters to vote for republican candidates or worse, to split their support between two candidates every election, one for the moderate vote and one for the extreme left vote. Either path leads to a government run by Republicans.
3. The “Old White Man” Sentiment is alive and well.
Hillary Clinton was supposed to be the hammer that shattered the glass ceiling. The Democrats would finally place a woman in the highest office in the land. A portion of the country was eager to vote for Clinton simply because she was a woman. In a time when Democrats are finding it hard to gain momentum and enthusiasm in their own party, they chose Tom Perez. They elected a white man to lead a party defined by members and presidential campaigns that routinely demonize white men.
4. It is all about the money.
This won’t come as a surprise, but the victory of Tom Perez over Congressman Keith Ellison was primarily decided by money. In fact, when Keith Ellison was the presumptive favorite to become the new chairman, the single largest donor to both the DNC and the Clinton Campaign, Haim Saban, had to speak up. Haim Saban referred to Ellison as “an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual” and added, “If you go back to his positions, his papers, his speeches, the way he has voted, he is clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual. Words matter and actions matter more. Keith Ellison would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party”.
Not only does this show that money controls the Democratic Party, but it also demonstrates how easily it influences their decisions. This is precisely what people don’t want happening in politics, but it currently defines the Democratic Party. The entire fiasco of Tom Perez’s election will become the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party. Now we just need the right people to take advantage of their position of weakness and capitalize on the situation.