President Biden’s Letter to the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee on the Presidential Nominating Process

2 Dec

Today, President Joe Biden sent a letter to the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee as it prepares to meet tomorrow to consider changes to the Democratic Party’s nominating calendar. In the letter, the president laid out the principles he believes should guide the process of consideration.

“Just like my Administration, the Democratic Party has worked hard to reflect the diversity of America – but our nominating process does not. For fifty years, the first month of our presidential nominating process has been a treasured part of our democratic process, but it is time to update the process for the 21st century. I am committed to working with the DNC to get this done,” wrote President Biden.

Full text of the letter can be found HERE and below:

December 1, 2022 
JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR. 

Dear Rules and Bylaws Committee: 

I would like to commend you for the hard work you have put in over the course of the last two years. As I shared with your co-chairs, Jim Roosevelt, Jr. and Minyon Moore, earlier in the week, and as you gather to consider changes to the Democratic Party’s nominating calendar, I want to be clear about the principles I believe we as a party should allow to guide our process: 

1) We must ensure that voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee much earlier in the process and throughout the entire early window. As I said in February 2020, you cannot be the Democratic nominee and win a general election unless you have overwhelming support from voters of color – and that includes Black, Brown and Asian American & Pacific Islander voters. You should not be the Democratic nominee and win a general election unless you show working class Americans that you will fight for them and their families. 

For decades, Black voters in particular have been the backbone of the Democratic Party but have been pushed to the back of the early primary process. We rely on these voters in elections but have not recognized their importance in our nominating calendar. It is time to stop taking these voters for granted, and time to give them a louder and earlier voice in the process. 

Too often over the past fifty years, candidates have dropped out or had their candidacies marginalized by the press and pundits because of poor performances in small states early in the process before voters of color cast a vote. As I said then, 99.9% of Black voters had not had the chance to vote at that point, and 99.8% of Latino voters had not had the opportunity. That is unacceptable in 2024 and it must change. 

2) Our party should no longer allow caucuses as part of our nominating process. We are a party dedicated to ensuring participation by all voters and for removing barriers to political participation. Caucuses – requiring voters to choose in public, to spend significant amounts of time to caucus, disadvantaging hourly workers and anyone who does not have the flexibility to go to a set location at a set time – are inherently anti-participatory. It should be our party’s goal to rid the nominating process of restrictive, anti-worker caucuses. 

3) Our early states must reflect the overall diversity of our party and our nation – economically, geographically, demographically. This means more diverse states earlier in the process and more diversity in the overall mix of early states. Working class families are the backbone of our economy. Union households must be represented in greater numbers than before. We need to include voters from many backgrounds, not to ratify the choice of the earliest states, but as full stakeholders in making the choice. 

4) There should continue to be strong representation from urban, suburban, and rural America, and from each region of the country, and states that prioritize making voting easier in both primary and general elections should represent their regions. 

5) The Rules and Bylaws Committee should review the calendar every four years, to ensure that it continues to reflect the values and diversity of our party and our country. 

I got into politics because of civil rights and the possibility to change our imperfect union into something better. I have made no secret of my conviction that diversity is a critical element for the Democratic Party to win elections AND to govern effectively. My commitment when I ran for president was that my Administration would look like America, and it does. My Administration has the most diverse Cabinet in history and the most diverse group of presidential appointees in history. My nominee to the Supreme Court was the first Black woman – and most qualified candidate – to ever be nominated. 

Just like my Administration, the Democratic Party has worked hard to reflect the diversity of America – but our nominating process does not. For fifty years, the first month of our presidential nominating process has been a treasured part of our democratic process, but it is time to update the process for the 21st century. I am committed to working with the DNC to get this done. 

Sincerely,
Joe Biden

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Pence’s Book Tour Is Flopping Spectacularly

1 Dec

This month, Mike Pence launched a book tour that no one asked for in a desperate attempt to rehab his tattered public image — but it’s falling flat, and people are taking notice. 

Try as he might to “have it all ways at once” when it comes to the Trump-Pence administration’s extreme record, the truth is that Pence stood next to Donald Trump for four years as his loyal MAGA footsoldier.

CNN: “Pence’s comments on Monday are an attempt to paper over his own role in aiding and abetting Trump’s behavior in the White House. The simple fact is that Pence was a loyal second in command, regularly defending Trump from his various self-created controversies.”

New York Times: “Feel free to buy the book, but don’t buy the redemption tale just yet. Pence was indeed in the White House to serve, but he served [Trump’s] needs more than those of the nation.”

Let’s not forget: Pence kicked off his book tour by bragging that the “greatest accomplishment” of the Trump-Pence administration was helping install the three Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade

Mike Pence: “Of course, to me the greatest accomplishment [of the Trump-Pence administration] was three Supreme Court justices.”

And Pence is only trying to rewrite history now that he has a book to sell and is eyeing a 2024 campaign.

Washington Post: “And that’s what makes Pence’s slowly accreting condemnation of Trump so hard to watch: It’s the person in the bad relationship only slowly being able to verbalize what to everyone else has been so obvious for so long. And only when he has a book to sell.”

Mike Pence is twisting himself into pretzels in a desperate attempt to remake his image — but no matter how hard he tries to have it both ways on Trump’s brand of MAGA extremism, he’s not fooling anyone.

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Republicans Double Down on Threat to Crash Economy to Gut Social Security & Medicare

30 Nov

Just hours after NRSC Chair Rick Scott said that he had no regrets about Republicans running on a midterm agenda to jeopardize Social Security and Medicare, top Senate Republican John Thune actually doubled down on Republicans’ threat to crash the economy to force cuts to key programs like Social Security and Medicare.

You can’t make this stuff up: Last night, No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Thune made clear that Republicans are so hellbent on trying to force cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare that they’re willing to tank the economy if they don’t get their way. 

Bloomberg: “Senate Republicans want to leverage the next US debt limit increase to force cuts in projected federal spending and changes to Social Security and other entitlement programs, the party’s No. 2 leader said.”

This came just hours after NRSC Chair Rick Scott put out a new op-ed defending his wildly unpopular midterm agenda — saying that he doesn’t regret running on a plan to jeopardize Social Security and Medicare, not even “one bit.”

Washington Examiner: “Yes, I put out a plan of ideas, and I don’t regret it one bit. Yes, one of them suggested sunsetting laws after five years — noting that if a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again. Washington has spent decades exploding the size of our government and wasting money, and it must be stopped.”

This isn’t anything new from the GOP. In September, top House Republican leaders promised that gutting Social Security and Medicare would be one of their “top priorities” in their plan to leverage the debt ceiling to force spending cuts if they took control.

Bloomberg Government: “Social Security and Medicare eligibility changes, spending caps, and safety-net work requirements are among the top priorities for key House Republicans who want to use next year’s debt-limit deadline to extract concessions from Democrats.”

Republicans’ economic plan is so backwards that even an economist from the conservative American Enterprise Institute warned that it could have potentially devastating consequences for our economy.

Semafor“‘If the Republicans begin playing games with the debt ceiling and it looks like the United States might default on its obligations, there’ll be a huge bond sell-off,’ Desmond Lachman, a macroeconomic expert at the American Enterprise Institute, said.”

Voters have called this plan a total “betrayal” by the GOP.

Newsweek: “As soon as [Steve Scalise’s] interview began, [Fox News] host Shannon Bream… presented the lawmaker with a message from a concerned viewer, who characterized the GOP’s plan for Medicare as a potential ‘betrayal.’

‘He’s a Republican, he’s very worried about you cutting his Medicare,’ Bream said as she relayed the message she purported to have received on Twitter. ‘He says it’s a dealbreaker and a betrayal by the GOP.’”

We said it once and we’ll say it again: Republicans are completely hellbent on coming after Social Security and Medicare. That’s their real agenda.

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BREAKING: 36 Senate Republicans Vote Against Protecting Marriage Equality

30 Nov

36 Senate Republicans just voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which would enshrine marriage equality protections into federal law. Republicans keep proving just extreme and out of step they are with America.

That’s right: 36 GOP Senators voted against protecting Americans’ fundamental right to marry who they love, despite vast public support for marriage equality — including among a majority of Republicans.

Gallup: “Same-Sex Marriage Support Inches Up To New High Of 71%”

This comes as Donald Trump’s MAGA wingman, Mike Pence, continues to double down on his extreme, anti-LGBTQ+ views.

CBS Face The Nation: Margaret Brennan: “What about same-sex marriage? A number of Republicans are getting on board federal protections for it. Do you believe that you need to consider that when you talk about compassion?”

Pence: “Well, as a- as a Bible-believing Christian, I’ll always hold the view that marriage is between one man and one woman. And that’ll always be my values.”

Let’s be clear — this is nothing new for Republicans. Fundamental freedoms like marriage equality are at risk because Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, confirmed conservative justices who have called Americans’ rights into question.

POLITICO: “Justice Clarence Thomas argued in a concurring opinion released on Friday that the Supreme Court ‘should reconsider’ its past rulings codifying rights to contraception access, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage.”

NPR: “The push to codify marriage rights with the Respect for Marriage Act comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, which held that access to abortion was not a Constitutional right. Justice Clarence Thomas noted in his concurring opinion that the rationale used to overturn Roe v. Wade could be used to overturn cases establishing other rights. This led advocates to fear that same-sex and interracial marriage might be next.”

Republicans have made clear that for them, MAGA extremism is the party line. But let’s make one thing clear: Their extreme, anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ+ agenda is wildly out-of-step with the American people.

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McCarthy Runs to the Right to Save His Speaker Bid

29 Nov

FIVE House Republicans have come out publicly to oppose Kevin McCarthy’s bid for speaker of the House. And now? An exclusive interview with the far-right outlet Newsmax — where McCarthy made another last-ditch attempt to appease the most extreme elements of his caucus to try and win their support.

Kevin McCarthy is running to the right and trying to boost his MAGA bona fides on Newsmax as he continues to court the most extreme factions of his caucus.

Fox News: “5 Republicans publicly oppose McCarthy’s speakership bid, putting ascension to leadership role in jeopardy”

CNN: “McCarthy tries to boost his conservative bona fides as pro-Trump lawmakers threaten his speaker bid”

Let’s be clear — even IF McCarthy were t0 become speaker, we know who would really be calling the shots: Marjorie Taylor Greene and the most extreme MAGA wings of his caucus. 

The Washington Post: “To aid in his quest to clinch the speakership, McCarthy has promised to restore committee assignments for Greene and Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), add more members to the influential steering committee and place Freedom Caucus members on their preferred legislative committees.”

Punchbowl: “In reality, McCarthy is willing to give the right much of what it wants.”

It’s no secret: Kevin McCarthy has completely lost control of — and is totally beholden to — his extreme MAGA caucus, and he has no one to blame but himself.

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Shot/Chaser: Kevin McCarthy’s Nick Fuentes Problem

29 Nov

Days after news broke that former President Donald Trump had dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes, Kevin McCarthy finally responded saying he didn’t “think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes.”

Kevin McCarthy“I don’t think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes. He has no place in the Republican Party.”

But, Kevin McCarthy has already said if he becomes speaker, he will restore committee assignments for two members who have spent time with Nick Fuentes: Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar. 

The Washington Post: “To aid in his quest to clinch the speakership, McCarthy has promised to restore committee assignments for Greene and Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), add more members to the influential steering committee and place Freedom Caucus members on their preferred legislative committees.”


Does Kevin McCarthy think Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar have a place in the Republican Party?

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Rick Scott Has No Regrets

29 Nov

Fresh off his disastrous stint as NRSC chair and failed run for Senate minority leader, Rick Scott whined in a new op-ed and said he has no regrets about putting pen to paper about his plan to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block.

In the midst of high levels of disarray and finger pointing among Republicans, Rick Scott said he did not regret releasing his plan “one bit.”

Washington Examiner“Yes, I put out a plan of ideas, and I don’t regret it one bit. Yes, one of them suggested sunsetting laws after five years — noting that if a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again. Washington has spent decades exploding the size of our government and wasting money, and it must be stopped.”

After releasing a plan that could have jeopardized seniors’ hard earned benefits, Rick Scott tried to make himself out to be the victim.

Washington Examiner: “I originally wrote this op-ed to respond to some of those criticisms directly, several of which have been published recently in the Washington Post. Sadly, the Washington Post refused to accept this piece. The Washington establishment, in both Congress and the media, is so committed to the status quo that it will do whatever it takes to silence anyone who thinks differently. So much for ‘democracy dies in darkness,’ right?”

We hope Rick Scott keeps reminding voters that he and some of his fellow Republicans want to jeopardize Social Security and Medicare.

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Rick Scott Has No Regrets

29 Nov

Fresh off his disastrous stint as NRSC chair and failed run for Senate minority leader, Rick Scott whined in a new op-ed and said he has no regrets about putting pen to paper about his plan to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block.

In the midst of high levels of disarray and finger pointing among Republicans, Rick Scott said he did not regret releasing his plan “one bit.”

Washington Examiner“Yes, I put out a plan of ideas, and I don’t regret it one bit. Yes, one of them suggested sunsetting laws after five years — noting that if a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again. Washington has spent decades exploding the size of our government and wasting money, and it must be stopped.”

After releasing a plan that could have jeopardized seniors’ hard earned benefits, Rick Scott tried to make himself out to be the victim.

Washington Examiner: “I originally wrote this op-ed to respond to some of those criticisms directly, several of which have been published recently in the Washington Post. Sadly, the Washington Post refused to accept this piece. The Washington establishment, in both Congress and the media, is so committed to the status quo that it will do whatever it takes to silence anyone who thinks differently. So much for ‘democracy dies in darkness,’ right?”

We hope Rick Scott keeps reminding voters that he and some of his fellow Republicans want to jeopardize Social Security and Medicare.

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Republicans Have Been Silent on Trump’s Dinner with Nick Fuentes

28 Nov

Last week, Donald Trump hosted white nationalist Nick Fuentes for dinner at Mar-a-Lago, confirming once again to Americans just how extreme today’s MAGA Republican Party is. In telling fashion, the Republican Party is nearly collectively ignoring what their party leader is up to.

Even as Republicans gear up for their messy 2024 Republican primary, they’ve largely been silent on Trump and Fuentes’ dinner — a clear indication of just how far their extremism stretches.

Bloomberg: “Many of Donald Trump’s potential 2024 rivals and some top Republicans have fallen silent on the former president’s dinner with a notorious white supremacist, illustrating the party’s continuing struggle to escape his grasp.”

And they’re not the only ones. Many Congressional Republicans have followed suit by refusing to condemn Trump’s dinner with Fuentes.

Axios: “Spokespeople for nearly two dozen House and Senate Republicans — including party leaders, co-chairs of caucuses and task forces focused on Judaism or antisemitism and sponsors of legislation to combat antisemitic hate crimes — did not respond to requests for comment.”

Trump himself has even doubled down on his decision to rub shoulders with Fuentes — and even refused to disavow Fuentes’ hate-filled stances.

The Guardian: “Donald Trump repeatedly refused to disavow the outspoken antisemite and white supremacist Nick Fuentes after they spoke over dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort…”

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Will House Republicans Still Restore Greene and Gosar To Committees Despite Their Nick Fuentes Connections?

28 Nov

As Donald Trump reminded Americans last week how the most extreme, right-wing views have found a home in today’s MAGA Republican Party, it’s worth remembering Trump isn’t the only Republican with close ties to Nick Fuentes.

House GOP leaders have promised to restore Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar to committees despite both of them having been featured heavily at white nationalist conferences organized by Fuentes.

The Washington Post: “To aid in his quest to clinch the speakership, McCarthy has promised to restore committee assignments for Greene and Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), add more members to the influential steering committee and place Freedom Caucus members on their preferred legislative committees.”

Every single House Republican must answer this simple question: 

Do you believe that Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar should be restored to committees despite their ties to white supremacist Nick Fuentes?

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