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DNC Chair Debate Comes Down to Who Can Best Counter Trump

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Former labor secretary Tom Perez is running for DNC chair. Source Andrew Harnik  AP

If Democrats are looking for a voice that represents where rank and file Democrats are at, that voice belongs to Rep. Keith Ellison. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Sen. The problem isn't so much that the United States shouldn't be taking sides, it's that if we do, we exacerbate the issues that are already there. Both promise to diverge from the party's status quo.

I've been a stalwart champion of the two-state solution, which means that we've got to have Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security. Though the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency both concluded that Russian Federation allegedly interfered in the US presidential election with the intention of helping Trump win, Russian Federation has denied those claims.

On Thursday, Harrison announced his withdrawal from the race and placed his support behind front-runner Tom Perez, a former labor secretary. Considering Hillary Clinton's losses in Obama 2008/2012 states like Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania, perhaps Democrats should look for a candidate with experience in the Rust Belt and the ability to reach White working class voters along with members of the Obama coalition.

Perez also received significant backing, including the support of former Vice President Joe Biden and four governors.

But neither was even remotely impressive, even though Barack Obama calls Perez "wicked smart" and Ellison proved himself exceptionally skilled at obfuscating his radical leftist leanings and acting outraged that anyone would dare point out his irrefutable Nation of Islam background.

Despite this, Keith Ellison regularly has to answer to concerned citizens that are anxious his Muslim faith might be a problem. In substance, however, there's not a dime's worth of difference between them. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who narrowly lost his 2016 Senate race, will also deliver remarks.

Many activists and operatives view the showdown between Perez and Ellison as a proxy contest between the establishment and progressive wings of the Democratic Party. Both candidates' paths to victory depended on a deadlock between Perez and Ellison, which might then lead DNC members to rally behind an alternative.

By contrast, the AP's Lisa Lerer and Bill Barrow find the race to be tight. Another survey found Perez with a slight lead. I had dinner with him last night. Some 15 to 20 percent of voters likely remained undecided ahead of Wednesday's debate, CNN reported.

There is an uncommon amount of interest in an election this weekend whose entire voting body is 447 people. That is the effective audience for the candidates in the debate. Video of the debate is posted below.

Among the other candidates in the race, gay South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been gaining traction in recent weeks, picking up the endorsement of former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who sought the party's presidential nomination a year ago, as well as five former DNC National Chairs, including David Wilhelm, Joe Andrew, and Howard Dean. He ties up our minds and processing power with these equations that don't have solutions and brain overheats and breaks down.

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