In a continued effort to not display partisan hackery in PaRD, and because it's a reality that is becoming ever more prominent, I decided I'd create a megathread for instances of intra-party conflict within the Democrat Party. Although I'm not a Democrat, it is the party that is less distant from my own beliefs between the two major parties. In the hopes to not have discussions in PaRD regress to just "right v. left", "Republicans v. Democrats", and "orange man bad", this thread can instead be used to track and note challenges between moderate v. progressive members of the party, and/or established v. freshman members of the party. Intra-party conflict, especially among Democrats, is only going to get more profound as we inch towards 2020.
My hope is that it'll lead to a more nuanced discussion of politics, and that posters on the right will similarly note challenges, divides, shortcomings, and disagreements within the Republican party.
For starters in this thread, there's on-going tension over Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) tweets about the United States' support of Israel, specially through lobbying. One of the tweets that set off the firestorm originally was this:
Some Democrats found Omar's tweet to be at worst anti-Semitic, and at best ignorant and poorly worded. On the other hand, Democratic defenders of Omar's tweet said that her intent was misinterpreted and that Omar was commenting on the financial and lobbying clout of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). However, Democratic leadership found itself being among the former opinion, and not the latter, and subsequently pressured Omar to issue a public apology, which she did:
Beyond this apology, House Democrats are setting up to vote on a measure condemning anti-Semitism, as a round-about way of addressing the controversy within the party. However, this measure has experienced a delay as defenders of Omar have pushed back against leadership and have expressed that the measure should address additional forms of bigotry and hatred.This post was edited by Handcuffs on Mar 6 2019 05:11pm