Proxy war between Clinton and Sanders is out of the closet and a minor candidate is booted for remarks on Islam.
For months the candidates competing to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee have insisted that the race should not be viewed as a proxy war between the party’s business-friendly Clinton-Obama wing and the left-wing economic populism represented by Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.Now that veneer appears to be wearing thin.This week Sanders – a key backer of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid for the party chairmanship – blasted what he called the party’s ‘failed status-quo approach’.
Sanders made his remarks in a statement shortly after former vice president Joe Biden announced he was endorsing the DNC candidacy of Tom Perez – who served as secretary of labor in the administration of Barack Obama.
Biden’s seal of approval sent as clear a signal as possible that Perez has the backing of the Clinton-Obama faction – which has dominated Democratic politics since Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992.
Biden’s endorsement of Perez prompted Sanders to say in his own statement that Democrats should be willing to pursue a new course after Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat by Donald Trump in November.
‘The question is simple: Do we stay with a failed status-quo approach or do we go forward with a fundamental restructuring of the Democratic Party?’ Sanders said.
‘I say we go forward and create a grassroots party which speaks for working people and is prepared to stand up to the top 1 percent’.