From an article in Dick & Sharon’s LA Progressive - Read the whole article here: http://bit.ly/o802iY
“On Saturday, July 30th, 2011, an estimated 75 members of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party (CDP) passed a resolution in support of a Democratic Party Presidential Primary challenge to President Barack Obama. Gathering in Anaheim during an Executive Board meeting of the CDP, the group overwhelmingly endorsed the resolution following a discussion on the importance of not only challenging the far-right agenda of unmitigated corporate greed but also the current administration’s willingness to slash 650-billion dollars from Social Security and Medicare.”
Immediately, it appeared that the powers that be within the California Democratic Party tried to suppress and censor the effort.
The Progressive Caucus: “we recognize that a Primary challenge will, in fact raise debate on important issues without risking the ability to mobilize and energize the base of the Democratic Party to elect a triumphant leader to counter the far-right agenda.
Therefore, be it resolved, to make our views heard, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party will begin the process of contacting other Democratic organizations, Democratic Party members and public organizations that share our views and which seek to change the course of history by exploring other steps necessary to effect a necessary change, including a possible primary challenge against President Obama”
Rank and File Democrats are very disappointed in Barack Obama. Many are saying they may not vote at all, which would have disastrous consecquences for the party in the US House and Senate and in Statehouses across America.
As far as I know this is the first group within any State Democratic Party organization to do this. Does anyone know if PDA, Progressive Democrats of America (which operates “within” the Party, plan to support a Primary Challenge?
How about the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)? Any plans for supporting a Primary Challenge there?
I believe that the only way Obama can restore his relationship with and rebuild ‘trust’ with the Democratic Base is to debate Democratic Party principles and values with a lefty Democrat. What do the rest of you think?