On Saturday, Hillary Clinton’s wing of the Democratic Party won yet another rigged election over the Bernie Sanders wing of the party with the selection of Thomas Perez, former Obama Labor Secretary, to head the Democratic National Convention. Many of the more radical Democrats were quite upset with Perez’s selection, hoping for a militant move to the left.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. It Was a Close Race. Perez only won on the second ballot, an unusual development in a race among only 435 voters. Perez only won 235 of those votes on the second ballot; supporters of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who had a good deal of support despite his history of anti-Semitism, stormed out of the room chanting, “Party for the people, not big money!” Ellison himself ended up as deputy party chair, a ceremonial position, and asked for unity in the party.
2. Perez Won’t Work With Trump. The Democratic Party has no intention of working with President Trump. Perez’s first words after winning: “Someday, they’re going to study this era of American history. They’re going to ask the question of all of us: Where were you in 2017 when we had the worst president in the history of the United States? We will be able to say that the Democratic Party led the resistance and made sure this was a one-term president.”
3. President Obama Was Pleased. The ex-president signaled his approval in a statement: “I know that Tom Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic leadership for this big, bold, inclusive, dynamic America we love so much.”
4. Bernie Sanders Wasn’t. Here was the near-octogenarian socialist’s response: “[It is] imperative that Tom understands that the same-old, same-old is not working and that we must open the doors of the party to working people and young people in a way that has never been done before.”
5. Perez Was Assistant Attorney General For The Civil Rights Division Under Obama. This meant working under Eric Holder. There, he presided over the decision by the Obama Justice Department not to prosecute the New Black Panthers for obvious voter intimidation during the 2008 election. J. Christian Adams, a lawyer who worked with Perez, says that Perez is a “utopian. I’ve sat in rooms with him listening to his progressive vision of a future free from everything he dislikes. He is a true believer that the government can force the transformation of a culture and a society for good.”
6. Perez Is An Open-Borders Fanatic. Here’s Adams again: Perez served “many years as a board member and president of the Soros-funded open-borders pusher, Casa de Maryland…[he also served for] two years as “immigration advisor” and special counsel to the late Ted Kennedy, the chief architect of the disastrous immigration system we have today.”
7. Perez Loves Race-Based Politics. According to the Wall Street Journal, Perez is a “champion of disparate-impact theory, which purports to prove racial discrimination by examining statistics rather than intent or specific cases.” Under Perez’s tenure at the DOJ, he attempted to threaten lawsuits against a series of banks not by proving racism, but by showing that a disproportionate number of minorities had been denied loans.
And Perez was the moderate in the race.
Perez’s pick is a far better one for the Democrats than Ellison – he knows his business, he’s an organizer, and he isn’t likely to offend some of the Democrats’ core constituencies the way Ellison would have. But he’s going to have to bridge some gaps in the party in order for the party to be competitive in 2018 and 2020.