A series of e-mails have been hitting my inbox from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. You know, the committee which the House Democrats have to recruit and fund Democratic candidates in House races around the country. That’s not unusual, there’s hardly a week that goes by without some. Usually, they’re asking for donations, but this time, it was interesting. It was an announcement that they have recruited candidates for 60 races in Republican-held House districts. That’s impressive, alright, but something has occurred to me. You see, back in August, I wrote a little post about what various of the “purists” – the frustrati – needed to be doing if I was going to listen to them.
One of the things I said they needed to do was:
Identify and recruit primary challengers to members of the Blue Dog caucus, and provide them with the financial support, campaign staff, and field support needed to win that primary.
I’d like to add to that: Opponents for Republican members. Let’s face it, anyone who’s been following Congress this year can quickly think of at least one Republican representative (and usually a lot more) we’d like to see shown the door in 2012. Which is why the DCCC e-mail struck me. You see, I haven’t seen anything like it from the various “netroots activists.”
Oh, I’ve seen a lot of griping about the President. Heck, the amount of whining they’re doing hasn’t stopped, and despite clear evidence they’re out of step with the majority of the Democratic Party, they’re still asserting that they are the “voice of the Democratic Party base.” But I haven’t been seeing a lot of announcements (none, really) about the “true progressives” they’ve recruited for primaries and the general election coming up. Oh, I’ve seen a few “jump on the bandwagon” moments, but nothing that points to active recruiting.
Yes, I know the election is a year away. But this is the time when real activists have identified potential candidates, are finishing recruiting them, putting together a campaign organization, and lining up support behind them. Which is what the DCCC is doing now, not waiting until a couple of weeks before the primary/general election. I say that because I think the “purists” will do just that – wait. Eventually, they might find someone who contacts them. Then, when it turns out that they were supposed to have their candidate’s nominating petitions in long before that, they’ll bitch and whine about it. They’ll complain because a campaign staff doesn’t magically appear, and their “fundraising” doesn’t even make them competitive. They’ll blame everyone but themselves for it, too.
They’ll moan about the people the DCCC found, they’ll bitch that they weren’t consulted, and then they’ll stomp their feet because some of them don’t meet their purity tests. But finding the candidates who meet their standards and getting them on the ballot? That was a job for someone else! Which is why they’re going to be “unhappy.” Oh, in some instances, they might claim credit for someone else’s work.
That’s why I’m still not listening to them. Could I be wrong? Maybe. Maybe they’ll come up with candidates, or they have a list they’re not releasing yet. Given past experience, I doubt it, though. My opinion of them is still unchanged.