Two Latinos embody the profound transformation of the Democratic leadership
After its victory in the mid-term elections, the Democratic Party has realized that profound changes in its way of doing things actually paid off. Now is time to transform the leadership, and two Latinos are at the center of the debate.
If Democrats learned something from Donald Trump’s government, is that a change in strategy was urgent.
The victory in the mid-term elections was proof of this when the campaigns to regain control of the House of Representatives were transformed into a massive social movement, adopting grassroots politics as a strategy for a resounding success.
But there is no point in getting the support of the voters, the active participation of minorities, and the election of a multicultural group of representatives if the leadership remains intact.
This is why the need to change the way things are managed has arisen within the party, a challenge when it comes to reaching an agreement
For starters, the president of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Tom Pérez, has been on the ropes after the Congressional Black Caucus passed a vote of no confidence against him on Wednesday.
This is "the last sign of lingering bad blood between legislators on Capitol Hill and the highest official of the Democratic Party," according to Politico.
The debate began after a Democratic representative in Mississippi, Bennie Thompson, put the need to rethink the response of the leadership towards the trust of its voters on the table.
Politico explained that in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the DNC "voted to dramatically decrease the power of the superdelegates," the elected officials within the party who "have the freedom to vote for any candidate" at the presidential nomination convention.
The new rule put in place "prohibits superdelegates from voting in the first presidential vote in a contested national convention."
Even though this sounds very complicated, in short, it’s an internal consequence of the failure of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the party's questioning of whether the selection process between Senator Bernie Sanders and the Secretary of State was really what most suited the Democrats when it came to facing the electoral machinery of Donald Trump.
Those who now criticize Perez argue that it was the elitism within the nomination process that favored "figures of the establishment", keeping the decision power in very few hands.
The Congressional Black Caucus' decision to issue a vote of no confidence is only the beginning of a profound process of transformation.
"An overwhelming majority of DNC members approved these historic reforms to strengthen and grow our party, increase transparency, and put our nominee in the best possible position to win in 2020," DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson told Politico. "As last Tuesday showed, when we empower our grassroots, we succeed. We look forward to continuing our work with the caucus to build a strong and diverse party."
An echo of this has been the appointment of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) as chairwoman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) on Thursday, as The Hill reported.
Cortez Masto now becomes the leader in the upper house of Congress in electoral issues regarding the next battle in 2020.
"I am committed to replicating the blue wave America saw in Nevada throughout the entire country and electing a Senate Democratic majority in 2020," Cortez Masto said in a statement.
After becoming the first female senator in her state in 2016, Cortez Masto is now the first Latina to lead the party's efforts to ensure that the Trump Administration doesn’t perpetuate its power after 2020.