The DNC is not the party leadership (in any meaningful sense)

Quick political science lesson. Political parties in the US are non-hierarchical.* That’s a fancy way of saying neither their candidates for office nor their platforms are determined by a central authority.
In other words, the DNC chair is not worth getting all worked up over. If you want to change the party, get some candidates who can win primaries for state legislative and congressional races. Oh, and make sure that said candidates also could realistically win the general election. That is all.

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* As explained in Chapter 6 of A Different Democracy.

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7 thoughts on “The DNC is not the party leadership (in any meaningful sense)

  1. Do you think, MSS, that some of this is because of the widespread belief in the Democratic grassroots (I can’t confirm or refute it from Australia) that the DNC helped, shall we say, adjust the rules to give the nomination to Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders? so a fight to win the DNC chair might be a symbolic way of saying “controlling the umpire counts, because the umpire helped determine the last race”?

    • I think it is quite highly symbolic, and no doubt much of it has to do with the Sanders-Clinton contest, even though the DNC candidates do not line up as nearly with the past year’s presidential candidates as some commentary has made it seem.

      But what rules were adjusted during the primary contest? It is not a secret that the DNC favored Clinton (nor a surprise, given Sanders had always denied he was a Democrat before deciding to seek that party’s top prize). But as far as actual rules adjustments, what was there?

  2. What makes for candidates who can win primaries? What if the claim advanced by CKNZ (that the “elites” determine the outcome of a primary) is true?

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