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DNC Chairman is a GOP asset

DNC Chairman is a GOP asset
February 26
22:37 2020

Former Secretary of Labor and current Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez is proving to be yet another Democrat gift to President Trump and the Republican Party.

One must admit that Democrats have been having a hard time getting a national spokesperson that does not fall short of success.  We only need to recall how Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was summarily bounced from the top spot at the DNC on the eve of the national convention after the Russian dropped a bunch of emails showing how the establishment was rigging the game against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential race.  Some argue that the controversy was one of the reasons that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the election.

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Wasserman-Schultz was replaced by Donna Brazile, who created a kerfuffle after it was alleged that she tipped off the Clinton campaign about the questions that were going to be asked at one of the presidential debates.

And now they have Perez.  He won a close contest against controversial radical Congressman Keith Ellison.  In an expression of unity, Perez said that Ellison would function as a “co-chairman.”  Of course, that did not last for more than one news cycle.

Perez is not a good spokesperson for Democrats because he comes across much like a radical left-wing screamer – and maybe that is just what he is.  He is reminiscent of those early Twentieth Century socialists pounding the podium as he purports to represent the largely downtrodden working class and the need to empower unions against the corporate monopolists.  That pitch may have had some credibility in the days of the “robber barons” and the Great Depression but it rings hollow in a nation with a strong economy, a high standard of living and record low unemployment – and with a measly eight percent union workforce.

But it is not just the fact that Perez is trying to sell Model T politics in the age of driverless cars.  He is proving to be rather incompetent – starting with the rules he established for the White House 2020 race.  Facing the same problem of a very large field of candidates – and even with the problems that created for Republicans in 2016 – Perez set up rules that virtually assured a rolling disaster.

His first mistake was a series of debates.  Having negotiated debates for gubernatorial and senatorial candidates, I was amused to see Perez make virtually every mistake in the book.

First of all, there were just too many debates and they started too early in the presidential campaign season.  As innumerable pundits observed, the folks back home were not yet concentrating on the presidential campaigns.  But that did not stop Perez from imposing them on people more interested in baseball, football and the end-of-season television dramas.

This created a very loooooong lead-up to the first primary contest – Iowa.  Under Perez’s leadership, new rules, procedures, and technology were imposed on the traditional Iowa caucus system.  The most newsworthy thing to come out of Iowa was the reporting of the disaster. Who cared who won?  Who did win?  The guy with the most votes got fewer delegates than the second-place finisher.

There are probably a thousand good ways to determine who would qualify for participation in the debates.  Out of that number, Perez plucked the only really bad system – some jerry-rigged combination of money raised – how and where – and minimum standing in some arbitrarily selected polls.  This had contenders appearing and disappearing on the stage like shapely ladies in a magic act.

In 2016, Republican candidates would rise and fall throughout the process – comparing the process to the carnival game, Whack-A-Mole.  That tends to put the most ideological candidate with the largest plurality in the winning position.   Ignoring the lessons of 2016, Perez’s rules put that analogy on steroids.

The format of the debates assured that talking-points, headlines, and zingers would displace substantive talk on issues and proposals.  Give a candidate a minute and a half to explain how to fix the healthcare system or how to deal with North Korea and you will get nothing … absolutely nothing … of value.

There was no equity of timing.  Those in the center of the stage got most of the questions and airtime.  There was no fairness demonstrated by the so-called moderators – and by the time they reached Las Vegas, the entire event broke down to a barroom brawl.  At least that was entertaining.

A rule change had enabled Nevada caucusers to vote early.  Perez never figured out that a lot of folks would have voted BEFORE the Nevada debate.

The Super Tuesday collection of states creates a mini-national primary.  It also creates all kinds of problems – requiring candidates to spend a fortune in order to compete and to be everywhere at the same time.  It was a gift to multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg.  He has no problem swamping the spending of all the other candidates in the 15 Super Tuesday states.

In a demonstration of political pettiness, Perez proudly announced that despite the unusually high number of debates, none would be sponsored by FOX News.  This was not only cheap thinking, it meant that none of the debates would be seen by the news outlet with by far the largest audience.  It also made the other outlets – especially NBC/MSNBC – looked as though they were in the bag for the Democrats.  They are – but they do not like to be exposed in such an obvious manner.

If the road thus far seems a bit rough for the Democrats, the worse may be yet to come.  Perez attempted to address the impact the Super Delegates had on derailing Sanders 2016 bid for the nomination by prohibiting them from voting on the first ballot.  But they can on subsequent ballots if no candidates are nominated on the first.

That means that Sanders could lead on the first ballot and be shoved to the side on the second.  That should have the convention exploding in political warfare.

It is often said that if you control the process, you control the outcome.  Perez gave the Democrats an out-of-control process and the outcome – so far — has been traveling chaos – and it looks like it will continue to the convention.

The only thing Republicans can say about Perez is … thank you.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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