Keith Ellison: Democrats Three State Strategy Revealed


What are they thinking?

While it’s Republican-leaning political junkies who are asking that question about Democrats advancing Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota as their party chairman, there has to be some head shaking around the kitchen table in traditional Dem households. Consider this from The Daily Caller:

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, considered an early favorite to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, failed to disclose that a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood paid for him to embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2008, eventually leading the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into the matter.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, considered an early favorite to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, failed to disclose that a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood paid for him to embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2008, eventually leading the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into the matter.

Since announcing his bid for DNC chair, Ellison has faced questions about his ties to radical groups like the Nation of Islam and its radical leader, Louis Farrakhan. (RELATED: DNC Chair Frontrunner Once Compared George W. Bush To Hitler)

Chuck Schumer, newly minted leader of Senate Democrats, blames Bernie for his support, but it is Ellison who lets the cat out of the bag on why he feels he should have the job. Writes Bridget Johnson in PJ Media:

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) argued this morning that he’s the man for the Democratic National Committee job “because we need to turn out the vote and I’m actually pretty good at it.”

Ellison noted on CNN that in Minnesota his congressional district “used to have the lowest turnout in any congressional district — now it has the highest and we’ve been consistent on that.”

“I believe that by getting out the vote, in say Milwaukee, Detroit, Flint, and in the suburbs of Philadelphia, we could have changed this whole election. Turnout is the key,” he said. “We’ve seen actually Hillary Clinton got about 5 million fewer votes than Barack Obama and even Romney got more votes than Trump. The real problem for Democrats is we’ve got to help people believe and then we’ve got to deliver the message to them.”

“Believe what? That we are absolutely, unshakably on their side and we’re going to fight for them every single minute.”

Bold print, mine.

Make no mistake. Ellison is pointing to the African-American vote in big cities in three states that Trump took from Democrats’ blue wall. He’s got the math right, too.

Ellison’s vision fails to take into account his party’s problems in Congress. One third of Democrats in the House reside in three states – California, Massachusetts and New York. According to Roll Call, of 25 seats they hold in the Senate, only 14 are safe. Ellison talks the good game, remarkably sounding like the guy who just won those three states:

We’re going to fight him because he stands against our value system. But if we make the average American’s needs our priority, people who want to retire, people who want to see their kids go to college, people who want to earn a decent living, people anxious about the plant closing down, moving to another country and selling them back the products that they used to make,” Ellison said. “If we make those people the priority, we will win and Donald Trump will be relegated to be a footnote in the dustbin of history. That is what we got to do, focus on our people.”

Ellison’s three state solution without either congressional house is his most realistic outcome. He’ll not be able to out-Trump, Trump on populism especially if a President Trump continues to go directly to the American voter like he did yesterday with the release of a video. Still, Democrats like Ellison may just want another “phone and a pen” President who rules by fiat with executive orders.

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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