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“IN TERMS of the next chair of the DNC, however, the question is simple,” according to Bernie Sanders. “Do we stay with a failed status-quo approach or do we go forward with a fundamental restructuring of the Democratic Party?” For Senator Sanders the way forward is Keith Ellison, a congressman from Minnesota, whom he is backing as next boss of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The endorsement came shortly after Joe Biden, the former vice-president, announced his support for Tom Perez, a veteran of the Obama administration.
The contest for the DNC chair, which will be decided on February 25th in Atlanta, has become a proxy fight between those who believe that the party must move left to prosper and those who think this would be suicide. Mr Ellison is backed by Elizabeth Warren, the populist senator from Massachusetts, as well as the AFL-CIO, a federation of unions with 12m members, but also by pragmatic establishment types such as Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s minority leader, and his predecessor, Harry Reid, who are intent on making use of the Sanders supporters’ momentum. Neither…Continue reading