The DNC Junta Is Continuing The DLC Coup

With just three weeks to go before the Iowa caucus, Bernie Sanders is now in a statistical dead heat with Hillary Clinton.

According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, he trails her by just 3 points in Iowa, well within the margin of error.

In other words, it’s a tie.

A dead heat.

This is really, really, really big news.

Sanders is already beating Clinton in New Hampshire, and if he can pull-off a two-state sweep of the early primaries, that would completely change the dynamic of the race.

And I mean completely.

At this point, national polls don’t really matter; what matters is momentum, and if Bernie can win Iowa and New Hampshire, he would suck up pretty much all of the momentum.

Now, considering the fact that Bernie Sanders does better than Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical matchup with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, you’d think that the establishment Democrats would be thrilled with these developments.

You’d think that the people who talk so much about “electability” and how important it is would be overjoyed that Bernie Sanders, a popular and electable candidate, is moving towards the Democratic nomination.

Apparently not.

Instead of celebrating the rise of a new star, establishment Democrats are freaking out about the possibility of Bernie Sanders winning both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Case in point: former Tennessee Senator Harold Ford, Jr., who on MSNBC this morning floated the idea of a Joe Biden or John Kerry run if Bernie sweeps both early primary states.

Pretty weird, right?

Here Bernie Sanders is inspiring millions of young people to get involved in politics, and establishment Democrats think it might be a good idea to draft two guys who’ve already lost presidential races.

Go figure.

But here’s the thing: establishment Democrats aren’t stupid -- they should be scared of Bernie Sanders.

And that’s because he represents a direct threat to the centrists who have ruled the Democratic Party for the past few decades.

Although he’s not as well-known as someone like Karl Rove or Frank Luntz, Al From is one of the most important political operatives of the past few decades.

A veteran Democratic staffer, he thought his party moved “too far to the left” during the 1970s, and so, in 1985, he founded a group known as the Democratic Leadership Council, or DLC, whose stated goals were “to expand the party's base and appeal to moderates and liberals.”

That obviously sounds nice in theory, but in practice it meant the destruction of the thing that made the Democratic Party America’s governing party for most of the 20th century: the progressive values of the New Deal and FDR.

Under From’s leadership, the DLC staged a bloodless coup of the Democratic Party, and swapped out the progressivism of FDR, Truman, and Johnson for the corporatism of the Clintons.

Instead of talking about ways to make America a more just and equal society, Democrats now talked about things like "welfare reform,” so-called "free-trade," and so-called "school choice,” which were really just corporate plans to privatize the commons.

The final victory in the DLC’s takeover of the Democratic Party came when Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992.

Al From had personally recruited Bill to run for president, and the DLC’s ideas were the basis for most of his policies.

Over the next 20 years, the DLC consolidated its stranglehold over the Democratic Party.

And even though it no longer actually exists (it folded in 2011) the DLC and its supporters still control the Democratic establishment, especially Hillary Clinton -- Bill Clinton’s wife.

Which brings us back to Bernie Sanders.

If his wildly successful campaign has told us anything, it’s that Democratic voters are sick and tired of the DLC-Clintonites running the show.

The base of the Democratic Party is still progressive even if the party bigwigs have sold-out to the corporatists.

They want to go back to the values that made the Democratic Party America’s governing party from the New Deal until the 1990s.

They want real change, not Republican-lite policies pretending to be progressive.

And so, they’re siding with Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.

As I said earlier, establishment Democrats should be scared.

Bernie’s campaign is showing cracks in their junta and the coup that Al From staged more than two decades ago is on the verge of collapsing.

We are on the cusp of a real political revolution.


Vegasman56 7 years 3 weeks ago

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Kend 7 years 3 weeks ago

I think Thom might be on to something here. We just had a election in Canada and the Liberil Party won with a very left candidate, to a party that was always middle of the road. (we have more than two parties). He won by promising to out spend the other parties. Watching Bernie promise to spend, spend, spend I think you may have a winner in him. With the younger generation that grew up in a world of entitlement this is what they want and expect. I am very lucky I grew up at a time when the government let you keep most of your money. I sincerely believe those days are over.

Legend 7 years 3 weeks ago

We have to change the system where such a nowhere state has so much pull. I was working on the Illinois side but staying on the Iowa side in 2008 and it was madness.

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Mark J. Saulys 7 years 3 weeks ago

Clinton ran as a lefty and, once elected, ignored that and governed as a moderate Republican. Hillary's not as slick, not as artful. She's very obvious in her flim flam.
I think they'll go so far as do like Mexico did, ignore the primary results and declare who they want the winner.

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Aliceinwonderland 7 years 3 weeks ago

Thom, you’re surprised that establishment Democrats are less than thrilled with Bernie’s success?! You apparently don’t need me to tell you that establishment Democrats = CORPORATE Democrats!! I could have predicted these dynamics eons ago. And Al From is obviously a sell-out like the rest of these establishment hacks.

You’re damn right we’re sick and tired of “Clinronite” corporatists running the country! I would think you would be tired of that bullshit too. Yet you’ve continued cutting off anyone who calls into your show, criticizing Hillary Clinton. Do you want a political revolution or not?!

cccccttttt 7 years 3 weeks ago

While the US voting system has in practice made viable third parties unlikely, one can see the US electorate cries for four parties!




Cruise, Rubio, etc.

As we must have two candidates, it begs the big question:

if the mainstream choice does become the party nominee,

how many of the Bernie or Trump supporters will be too disgusted to

transfer their support?


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Hephaestus 7 years 3 weeks ago

Sorry! Sadly! Any one that tried to change american politics got assasinated

What does that tell us all???

Who rules?

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2950-10K 7 years 3 weeks ago

The corpse media won't mention it, but this needs to be said again and again. Polls indicate that a majority of citizens support almost all of Bernie's platform if you break it down item by item. Things like: strengthen social security, get money out of politics, a living wage, single payer health insurance, care for veterans, create decent jobs, etc. The vast majority want Democratic Socialism, they just don't realize it thanks to the Fascist demonization of the label/word Socialist.

Trump, the Fascist owned media, Teapublicans, even Clinton supporters, are smug about the ignorance surrounding this label, and are convinced all they need to do to defeat Bernie is call him a Socialist. We need to disarm this bomb now. Maybe it's time to normalize the label "Democratic Socialist" by attaching it to all of the popular items that poll so well. I've said it before, Bernie wins hands down if his message of economic and social justice reaches the masses.

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mathboy 7 years 3 weeks ago

In Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography "No Ordinary Time", FDR actually states free trade to be one of his goals for after the war. There's a little more overlap with him and the DLC than Thom realizes.

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Mark J. Saulys 7 years 3 weeks ago

Kend! What kind of bullshit are you on? It's the Republicans who spend us into bankruptcy, and they only do that to force privatization so they can put the people's resources into their own and their cronies' pockets.

Old_Curmudgeon 7 years 3 weeks ago

Recall that Progressives opposed Bill Clinton’s “centrism” in the DLC’s early days {mid-‘80s}. A Wikipedia-page about it: .

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Willie W 7 years 3 weeks ago

I think Bernie is going to spend more money, but he's going to spend it on us for a change. The money will simply be taken from our rich masters and returned to it's rightful owners.

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Ken Duerksen 7 years 3 weeks ago

Thom, your show suffers from painful cognitive dissonnance in this regard. Sit back and try to reconcile the forceful language you use in your blog above, with the "omerta" you recognize in regard to criticisms of Clinton, the crony of the DNC hucksters. We have to nominate Bernie Sanders, and that requires tough talk.

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Ken Duerksen 7 years 3 weeks ago

Clinton is nothing but "Good Cop" for the plutocrats - notice that her strong preferrence for campaigning in opposition to the "Bad Cops", with as little discussion of actual policy as possible. Thom Hartmann - keep on attacking Mrs Clinton; Bernie HAS TO WIN.

Do not be afraid of criticizing CLinton - no valid criticism from a Progressive will ever be used against Clinton by a RepUblican, should the unthinkable happen. BERNIE MUST WIN THE NOMINATION!!!

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RLTOWNSLEY 7 years 3 weeks ago

Finally the Progressive Wing of the party is waking up and taking action to regain control of their party. I accessed the DLC's website ten years ago, before it was taken down, and found a list of it's charter members that included Hillary and Bill ! There was some evidence at the time that Billionaire George Soros was directly involved with this group. As a long time progressive Democrat, I've been writing and posting on this situation for years but long time Democrat voters continued to have a single image of the party that is directly tied to the New Deal. You would have thought that the average Democrat voter would have woken up after over twenty years of majority Neoliberal influence over their party !

To give a short, oversimplified definition: Neoliberalism is a small-state economic ideology based on promoting "rational self-interest" through policies such as privatization, deregulation, globalization and significant tax cuts for the wealthy.

Obama has proven to be just an extension of that influence. I would have thought that the Liberal Wing of the party would have responded by now but they remain fixated on their specific agendas that have had little to no real support from the moneyed interests who own Washington unless it can be manipulated and altered to directly benefit them. We've ignored the problem of private money controlling our government for way too long, surely someone had to be concerned over the rapidly declining standard of living that has been accelerating for over twenty five years ! Bernie is the first Democrat to risk his political career by pointing out that it's way past time to stop digging the hole we find ourselves in today !

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Steven D. 7 years 3 weeks ago

Responding to mathboy, in FDR's day, Wall Street was against free trade because they thought trade barriers protected American capitalism. Now the tables are turned. Democrats' support for free trade was an artifact of the 19th Century, when their historically agrarian base would have benefited from cheaper foreign manufactured goods and access to foreign markets.

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stecoop01 7 years 3 weeks ago

Before everyone starts cheering for the coming political revolution, it should be remembered that many political revolutions are quickly followed by violent and bloody revolutions. Let us hope and pray that it doesn't come to that, but I, personally, fear that, with the political tension and divisiveness that has gripped this country, it won't take much of a spark to turn political to violent and bloody.

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Hephaestus 7 years 3 weeks ago

Historically, at the end of the day... that's the only way things change!

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Mark J. Saulys 7 years 3 weeks ago

Stecoop, many revolutions in a democratic society are non violent, Reagan's, FDR's, etc.. Even Marxists in 19th century Germany believed that Britain and the U.S. had sufficiently developed Democratic institutions and processes for the socialist revolution to be effected peacefully, by ballot rather than by bullet.

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Mark J. Saulys 7 years 3 weeks ago

Stecoop, many revolutions in a democratic society are non violent, Reagan's, FDR's, etc.. Even Marxists in 19th century Germany believed that Britain and the U.S. had sufficiently developed democratic institutions and processes for the socialist revolution to be effected peacefully, by ballot rather than by bullet.

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Aliceinwonderland 7 years 3 weeks ago

Reply to posts #13 & #14: Ken Duerksen — BRAVO.

Reply to #15: Right on, RLTOWNSFLY!

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