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Last 50 tweets from @_waleedshahid
I think Buttigieg has had a great start. But a New York City Council Member represents more people (162,000) than the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana (102,000).
There are a lot of reasons why Pete Buttigieg is a national phenomenon and Wayne Messam, who is mayor of a bigger city than South Bend, is an afterthought.

None of those reasons speak well of the Dem primary electorate, the party professional class, or the press imo.
 
Hoyer and the old guard in the Democratic Party leadership stand with AIPAC while attacking emerging leaders like @RashidaTlaib, @AOC, & @IlhanMN for fighting for a progressive and humane foreign policy.

But as 2020 Democrats skip AIPAC, Hoyer & the old guard have already lost.
.@LeaderHoyer gets a standing ovation while jabbing @IlhanMN @AOC @RashidaTlaib before an @AIPAC audience: ”By the way there are 62 freshmen Democrats. You hear me? 62, not 3. “
 
 
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
“We’re gonna end the war on drugs.” @BernieSanders
Not sure I’m gonna vote for him, but I’m liking what I’m hearing.
 
USA: 38.0% of GDP
Public spending as % of GDP (Dec 2017)
FRA 56.5
FIN 53.7
BEL 52.2
DEN 51.9
NOR 50.3
AUSTRIA 49.1
SWE 49.1
ITA 48.9
GRE 48.0
FAROES 47.2
HUN 46.5
PORT 45.9
EU 45.8
CRO 45.3
GER 43.9
LUX 43.1
SLOVE 43.1
NETH 42.6
POL 41.2
SPA 41.0
EST 40.2
JAP 39.0
UK 38.5
 
 
oh my
A Scottish woman reacts to the death of Margaret Thatcher. pic.twitter.com/RUiaNRCPaQ
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
What we've learned over the past two years is that the president was the beneficiary of two separate criminal conspiracies undertaken to help him get elected. We already know he was directly a party to and orchestrated one of them.
 
 
What's your favorite political podcast and why?
Replying to @briebriejoy
ezra klein show why is this happening the weeds the dig deconstructed pod save new yorker politics nyt daily
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
The DCCC is asking all consultants to sign a loyalty pledge to incumbent Democrats. But there is nothing loyal about stifling competition of ideas or trying to stop those with the courage to challenge the status quo #thisPledgeIsWrong
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
The Long New Right: American Racism & Oligarchy from Goldwater to Trump, by Robert Mueller
 
One of the frustrating things about the Medicare for All vs Medicare for America discussion is that a real debate over whether or not private insurance corporations should be allowed to make profit off the sick is being stifled and depoliticized.
Replying to @_waleedshahid
The role of private insurance corporations isn't a technical question about process. It's a political question about our values and what kind of society we want to live in. If health care is a human right, then politics is our tool to get the profit motive out of the system.
 
One of the frustrating things about the Medicare for All vs Medicare for America discussion is that a real debate over whether or not private insurance corporations should be allowed to make profit off the sick is being stifled and depoliticized.
 
 
What leverage did Nader's 2000 run provide the left in the years that followed? I don't remember the early aughts as a time when the left enjoyed a lot of leverage over the Democratic Party.
Replying to @EricLevitz @BenSpielberg and 2 others
gen z has no idea who ralph nader is so they will do more AOCs and less naders
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
Abu and Ahmed are back for a quick podcast episode of @seesomething processing the disturbing implications of the Christchurch shootings at two masjid. We talk about how local Muslims in Michigan are discussing grief, security, and white supremacy.

seesomethingsaysomething.libsyn.com/website/proces…
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
We know that gerrymandering, $$$, & a history of gatekeeping means that Black women must challenge incumbents to build power. Primaries are a necessary part of a functioning Democracy.

Black women challengers, Three Point Strategies at your service.

theintercept.com/2019/03/22/hou…
 
Does the DCCC intend to prevent primary challengers from using platforms and technologies from ActBlue, VAN, Relay, Hustle, Action Network, etc?
Replying to @_waleedshahid
Maybe Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders will announce a plan to break up the DCCC's concentration of money and power, @JakeSherman! ;-)
 
Does the DCCC intend to prevent primary challengers from using platforms and technologies from ActBlue, VAN, Relay, Hustle, Action Network, etc?
 
As this DCCC story develops, just a reminder:

Over 70% of congressional districts have no competitive general election.

Primaries are often one of the only places that the majority of Americans can have a choice and say in our democracy.
 
Folks often try to make this convo abt members from mod, swing districts. We get that those members do what they need to rep. But many members of Congress got there via safe primaries. It’s how many working people, women, + poc folks overcome institutional bias to get elected.
Replying to @AOC
Barack Obama ran in a primary challenge and tested our some innovative strategies, messaging, and tech that were later picked up by other Democrats around the country. I don't think anyone would argue that his staff, consultants, and vendors should have been blacklisted.
 
Just a reminder about the original Justice Democrat, Barack Obama, whose campaign staffers, vendors, and consultants would have been blacklisted by the DCCC for working on a primary challenge against an incumbent Democrat.
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
Here's why the DCCC's policy of blacklisting campaign vendors who work with primary challengers is unacceptable, imo nymag.com/intelligencer/…
 
 
Primary challenges help create a new class of candidates, operatives and organizers who develop innovative tools and strategies to engage new voters who will in turn vote in general elections.

The DCCC and Democratic Party leadership is shooting themselves in the foot.
When I ran, the existing Dem tech was so obsolete that we developed our own canvassing app. It was so good it spun off into its own startup (reach.vote).

It’s a shame that innovative technologies proven to work at winning elections won’t be used by our party.
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
So much love for @IfNotNowOrg. Happy Purim and the mishloach manot is delicious. ❤
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
The 🐘 in the room here is big money & lobbyist donors. Our current system incentivizes *all,* no matter the party, to place big donors before voters. No primaries means lobbyist💰will have even *more* influence over policy, bc voters will have one less avenue to pursue change.
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
The majority of Americans live in safe districts, where gen election isn’t competitive. By stymieing primaries, you deny most voters their best chance at choosing their representative. We also deny the party the opportunity of training up a future bench, something we badly need.
 
This is how Abraham Lincoln responded when an abolitionist Republican defeated a moderate in a primary election.

“Seeing the people there, their great enthusiasm...considering the activity they will carry into the [general]...it turned me blind.”

DCCC could learn from Lincoln.
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
DCCC wants the Joe Crowleys of the Democratic Party to focus on courting big money donors on Wall St for the party instead of raising money for themselves to fend off a primary. Big money attachment is largely what this is about and a major reason why AOC ran in the first place.
 
Im not trying to get into a squabble. I’m just asking questions
Replying to @JakeSherman
I’m just answering your questions, brother! It’s not about protecting incumbents alone — it’s protecting a big money system and revolving door threatened by progressive challengers coming from the base of the party.
 
I meant the creation of an incumbent protection infrastructure.
Replying to @JakeSherman
DCCC wants the Joe Crowleys of the Democratic Party to focus on courting big money donors on Wall St for the party instead of raising money for themselves to fend off a primary. Big money attachment is largely what this is about and a major reason why AOC ran in the first place.
 
Ya, so it seems like the DCCC is doing their thing, and you guys are doing yours. Given this info, will be interesting to see if Pressley/AOC pay dues to the DCCC. Do you think they will?
Replying to @JakeSherman
I think the DCCC creating a blacklist of people who work on primary challenges is more than just “doing their thing.” It’s an attempt to scare people away from working for the next AOC or Pressley. They didn’t have to do this.
 
Sounds like you believe the DCCC should be restructured in a pretty significant way
Replying to @JakeSherman
We‘ve been building alternative infrastructure to help grassroots progressive challengers — often women, people of color, and working class — find a path to Congress. DCCC fears this infrastructure as more mainstream players become interested in primaries because of AOC/Pressley.
 
Their argument would be they are a member-supported organization, so they have to protect their members. Is that illegitimate? Genuinely asking what you think
Replying to @JakeSherman
If they want to defend Cuellar voting with Trump 70% of the time or Lipinski on DREAMers / LGBTQ community, then DCCC should make the case. But this isn’t about process — this is about the top of the party fearing the grassroots energy AOC and Pressley are activating at the base.
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
The DCCC is mad that Ayanna Pressley and AOC beat two white incumbents, Michael Capuano and Joe Crowley. Fine. Be mad.

They then announce an incumbent protection scheme, and do it under the banner of diversity theintercept.com/2019/03/22/hou…
 
These DCCC purity tests have got to go.
House Democrats' campaign arm won't work with any firms that provide services to candidates challenging Democratic incumbents. The move appears designed to tamp down on growing anti-establishment energy in the left wing of the party. huffpost.com/entry/dccc-pro…
 
Is Henry Cuellar who votes nearly 70% of the time with Trump and has an A rating from the NRA a “Democrat” with “good standing?”
.@RepCheri to me after Degette’s challenger announced: "we’re an incumbent friendly org..."

“If we have incumbents who are being primaried, we will protect them. We will do what we can to help them. That is an official DCCC policy, as long as they’re members in good standing.”
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
This is perfect: A political party, which calls itself the Democratic Party (in the 19th C. it was even referred to as "the Democracy") leverages the power of markets and firms to stop citizens from running against sitting members of Congress. Who call themselves "Democrats."
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
Can we have a real conversation about how messed up our whole industry is?
 
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
Make no mistake — they are sending a signal that they are more afraid of Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning primary challenges than Henry Cuellar who votes with Trump nearly 70 percent of the time.
 
Follow here for highlights on how @AOC’s Green New Deal is taking hold in UK politics.
Some of the best recent @NewStatesman pieces on #GreenNewDeal: @graceblakeley on why the UK needs an economic transformation regardless of the Brexit outcome. 1/3 newstatesman.com/politics/econo…
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
This has been unofficial policy for a long time now. (But you’ll need to try harder because I’m still walking and talking) theintercept.com/2019/03/22/hou…
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
Would this apply to groups like NARAL, EMILY’s List, and Planned Parenthood Action fund who endorsed Marie Newman over incumbent Dan Lipinski in 2018?
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
And as I said here, I would work with those challengers, and help lift up those voices, even if it means being blacklisted by the DCCC. theintercept.com/2019/03/22/hou…
 
This includes protecting incumbents like ‘Democrat’ Henry Cuellar who votes with Trump nearly 70% of the time and has an A rating from the NRA — in a district Hillary Clinton won by 20 points!
The core mission of the DCCC "includes supporting and protecting incumbents"
 
Waleed Shahid Retweeted ·  
.@actblue, @NGPVAN, @LetsMobilizeUS, Relay, Hustle, and other firms are going to have to decide which side they are on - the wealthy political establishment or elected officials like @AOC and @AyannaPressley who actually fight for working people.

theintercept.com/2019/03/22/hou…
 
 
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