Justice Democrats inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are looking to oust Henry Cuellar, a Blue Dog in a very safe Democratic district who is one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, in a primary election. (A Washington Post article)

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I have a few comments about this: In the context of promoting good faith discussion between liberals, everyone knows that the Washington Post gave the article such a stupid title (the title for this post is my own) which even stupider people (folks with some degree of capital and social media usage who can't be convinced to allow progressive policies that are not watered down, let alone revolutionary ones, for morbid reasons. As I've said before, think of, in one of the most peculiar cases, Sally Albright's social media manipulation through bots associated with "Donut [which is a reference mocking Nina Turner] Twitter" against pro-Sanders users) could take advantage of.

You can go ahead and look at the /r/politics thread for a partial example of that (the lack of encouraging/positive discussion that complements the lack of votes that would give this article visibility as the title also cancels out mostly any attention from progressives [until it's brought to attention in certain ways], tired from the aggressive tone from the media, that it could receive), but it's partial possibly because of the fact that no one would really want to actually crawl out of certain subreddits and create bad faith discussions to defend this Congressman (/r/VoteBlue, a subreddit that attracts the "Beto 2020" crowd and the like, hardly made any excuses for Cuellar against the threat of a primary from the left).

Aside from the title and the anti-progressive tone that everyone knows that the Washington Post naturally has (although the writer of this article is largely sympathetic, but that's more about the media being defined by a rule that inevitably includes "exceptions"), the article has important information about the strong possibility of defeating an actual Blue Dog thanks to the effort way may see from the Justice Democrats.

Henry Cuellar, Democratic Congressman from the 28th Congressional district in Texas, attended a fund-raiser for a Republican member of the profoundly reactionary Tea Party caucus in the United States Congress, John Carter, against a moderate Democrat, MJ Hegar, appearing to favor and give bipartisan credence and an air of acceptability to the former in a race that significantly turned out to be somewhat close for that Congressional district. John Carter was reelected. But don't let these few sentences give you the impression that he's only made mistakes here and there which is "why" these are usually emphasized. Just by the facts stated in this post's title alone, anyone could be motivated to discover so much of the reactionary shit that makes up Henry Cuellar's political career which serves as an indictment on the Democratic Party, as well as his complicity in the political careers of George W. Bush and Rick Perry who actually lead vile right-wing administrations.

I have one nitpick to add: Henry Cuellar in this article is noted to have said something about the people who want to primary him from the left (a very broad "left" at that), apparently paraphrasing LBJ:

LBJ used to say: What’s the difference between a cannibal and a liberal Democrat? Cannibals don’t eat their own.

Let's just return to that bullshit with Tea Party Congressman John Carter. His morbid hardline Republican-enabling hypocrisy has probably created many more "cannibal" examples that I'm not aware of.

A grass-roots Democratic group that helped power the upset victory of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has identified a Texas Democrat as its first target ahead of the 2020 congressional primaries — but as of now, Ocasio-Cortez herself is staying neutral.

Justice Democrats, a political committee founded after the 2016 election to reshape the Democratic Party through primary challenges, is working to recruit a challenger to Rep. Henry Cuellar, a seven-term congressman from a strongly Democratic district who’s one of the few anti-abortion-rights voices in the party’s House conference.

In a statement, the group compared Texas’s 28th Congressional District, which gave the president just 38.5 percent of the vote in 2016, to other districts where left-leaning candidates have unseated incumbents. It is launching a “primary Cuellar fund” to encourage any potential candidate that there will be resources if he or she jumps into the race.

“There’s an Ocasio-Cortez and [Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna] Pressley in blue districts across America, tired of seeing long-standing incumbents serve corporate interests, work with Trump’s agenda, and works against the progressive movement,” said Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of Justice Democrats. “These grass-roots leaders just need a little bit of encouragement and support.”

Cuellar’s office did not respond to a question from The Washington Post, but he has long been seen as a target for the party’s left wing as it works to build its bench. Last year, after a left-wing primary challenger to Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) was narrowly defeated, Cuellar told The Post that he would hold his seat in any primary.

“They came after me twice, and I beat ’em,” Cuellar said. “LBJ used to say: What’s the difference between a cannibal and a liberal Democrat? Cannibals don’t eat their own.”

The Justice Democrats’ campaign to oust “corporate Democrats” was restarted after the 2018 elections, with Ocasio-Cortez, one of her party’s biggest stars, as its de facto spokeswoman. In a mid-November call with activists, Ocasio-Cortez said that they could “save this country” by either shaming incumbents out of accepting “money from oil and gas companies” or by ousting them at the polls.

“We’ve got to primary folks,” said Saikat Chakrabarti, who would become the congresswoman’s chief of staff.

But Ocasio-Cortez is not intervening in the “primary Cuellar” campaign right now. In her first days in office, the congresswoman has publicly criticized a House rule that required offsets for any spending increases, while privately working to get appointed to at least one committee with jurisdiction over taxes or health care.

While she was not appointed to the Ways and Means Committee after a left-wing campaign on her behalf, Ocasio-Cortez is expected to get a seat on the Financial Services Committee. She is not part of Justice Democrats’ primary recruitment push.

“We’re not active in their process,” said Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman, Corbin Trent, a co-founder of Justice Democrats. “We’re focused on getting up and going.”

Cuellar himself arrived in Congress via a primary challenge, ousting a more liberal colleague in 2004 to win his seat. He defeated that colleague in a 2006 rematch and has been politically safe ever since.

Left-wing campaign groups, which had their greatest success last year in deep-blue districts, have pointed to the heavy Democratic advantage in Cuellar’s seat as evidence that anyone who unseated the congressman would be elected in November. Cuellar also rankled Democrats last year by helping raise money for Rep. John Carter (R-Tex.), who narrowly defeated a strong Democratic challenger in the Austin exurbs.

“South Texas is in a special position to lead the nation on immigration, renewable energy, and health care, yet Henry Cuellar has failed to do this by instead voting with Donald Trump nearly 70 percent of the time,” said Danny Diaz, an activist in the district who co-founded a voter turnout group, Cambio (Change) Texas.

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While we probably all agree that Bernie Sanders is the most progressive member of Congress, and that fits with the chart by GovTrack.Us, there are some Democrats who have been and will continue to try to claim Bernie Sanders isn't actually the most progressive. In particular, they are citing the list on Progressive Punch that supposedly shows that Bernie is 9th in lifetime score of crucial and overall votes, behind Harris, Booker, Warren, Gillibrand, and Brown. Here is their methodology, but I can't make heads or tails of it. Anyone with more knowledge of this able to understand how PP measures this and how it's inaccurate?

We know some people opposed to Bernie are going to try to gaslight people into thinking he's not the most progressive, but we need to have our facts straight to debunk these misleading claims.

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