Many Bernie Sanders supporters were hopeful that Sanders-backed Keith Ellison would emerge victorious from the election, as he was representing the progressive wing of the Democratic Party that many believed needed a takeover.
Tom Perez was the former Labor Secretary in the Barack Obama administration and represented the establishment that pushes centrism and corporate donations, which the progressive wing of the party feverishly wanted to be expelled.
With Ellison losing and Tom Perez winning, surely there is some bright spot for Sanders supporters to be able to find hope and motivation for the next election with the Democratic Party?
— d@r6y (@DarbyKathleen) February 26, 2017
However, unfortunately, that is quite simply not the case. There were zero Sanders progressive wing representatives elected in the Democratic Party. The Chair, two Vice Chairs, and the Chair Of CEVP were all part of the Obama administration. The Secretary and Finance Chair were an Obama/Hillary Delegate and a Superdelegate. The third Vice Chair was re-elected for her post served during the Debbie Wasserman Schultz-led Democratic Party. The Treasurer may be worst of all, being, overtly and frankly, an investment banker.
A recent Gallup poll shows that 28% of Americans consider themselves Republicans and only 25% consider themselves Democrats. A whopping 44% of Americans consider themselves independent.
Is this really how the Democratic Party wants to move forward and try to win elections?
Democrats will not win elections by electing investment bankers, superdelegates, and former Obama administration establishment officials to their posts. The Democrats will continue to lose elections because of their centrist and corporate donation-friendly mentality.
These corporate Democrats are the direct cause of third parties’ formation, third party votes, and refusal to vote period. If the Democrats continue to shun the progressives and Bernie Sanders supporters, the Democratic Party will go on to lose elections until they finally lose power or they eventually are reorganized.