Hot Tips For The DCCC: Dan Lipinski Sucks And Everyone Hates Unfairness


Here in Illinois, the state I live in, we have got some pretty fantastic Representatives, especially in and around Chicago. We've got Jan Schakowsky (who is pretty much my favorite, ever), Bobby Rush, Chuy Garcia, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, Luis Gutiérrez -- I could go on. Sure! We cannot elect a non-shitty Governor to save our lives, but when it comes to Congress and the Senate, we do pretty all right.

And yet, for reasons pretty much no one understands... we have fucking Dan Lipinski. Dan Lipinski, who would make sense if he were representing a Republican area of the state as a Republican, but who instead represents a reliably blue district as a "Democrat" who is basically a Republican. And a bad Republican at that. He hates reproductive rights and also gay people. He voted against the ACA and for DOMA. If he had a little "R" next to his name, we'd be getting all kinds of fundraising emails about how we have to stop him. But he does not. So the DCCC is doing all it can to tank the campaign of Marie Newman, a candidate who believes that abortion should stay legal and that gay people are human beings deserving of rights. Like a regular-ass Democrat.

You see, the DCCC has been very concerned--ever since that young, socialisty upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unfairly stole a Congressional seat that rightfully belonged to some old white dude and started going around charming the entire nation with her appealing ideas and snappy comebacks--about progressives mounting primary challenges to Democratic incumbents.

In order to put a stop to this, DCCC chair Cheri Bustos announced in March that they would refuse to work with any vendors or anybody who worked on the campaigns of those who primary Democratic incumbents. Thus, the DCCC -- which has decided that Illinois is stuck with Dan Lipinski forever whether we like it or not -- has been going balls to the wall on threatening anyone who does anything for Newman's campaign.

Via Politico:

"I've had four consultants leave the campaign," Newman said. "We've now had two mail firms say that they couldn't work with us because of the DCCC issue, and then a [communications] group, a compliance group and several pollsters." Consultants who planned to work with Newman said that the DCCC delivered the warning in the nicest terms possible — but that it was a very clear threat to their ability to do business with the DCCC.

This is some straight up mob shit, or at least it would be if they were any good at this. The mob can pull off this kind of thing because A) They know enough to not actually advertise the fact that they are trying to intimidate people into not competing with them and B) They can have people killed if they talk.

If you cannot have people killed... IT IS JUST A HOT MESS OF BAD PR.

Which is why this hasn't gone over well, and why 40 College Democrat groups are now boycotting the DCCC. Bustos has agreed to meet with progressive groups to discuss the policy, but is not promising anything.

As hard as it might be for the DCCC to reconcile, not only do people tend to notice when things feel unfair, they also do tend to not like it very much. It leaves a bad taste in their mouth. And like it or not, lots of people here in America feel extremely jaded about politics in general, they feel like everything is unfair and corrupt and gross and that is not how you want people to feel if you want to get them to the voting booth. Not being gross and corrupt is literally what many of these progressive challengers are running on.

Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to think "Oh, let's put a stop to these people who think we are gross and corrupt by being obviously gross and corrupt! Everyone will love it!" Are these really the people we want in charge of anything?

There are two ways the DCCC can go here. They can try to convince the electorate that, actually, this kind of shit is totally OK and they should be fine with it but also never bring it up again because awkward, or they can just not do this kind of shit. But if they think they can make the first thing happen, then they are far more "idealistic" than wacky progressives like me who think we can do better than an anti-choice, gay-hating Congressman in Illinois.


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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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