April 24, 2017

Ripped From The Headlines: Mello Contretemps Continues To Overwhelm Democratic Party’s Unity Tour

The Democratic civil war took a divisive turn this past week over abortion. While Senator Bernie Sanders steadfastly support Nebraska politician Heath Mello, groups like NARAL and the Daily Kos pulled their support and vociferously attacked Mello.

As the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin wrote this weekend, the Mello saga reveals a deeper problem within the Democratic Party:

“But the ferocity of the dispute this time reveals a much deeper debate on the left: Should a commitment to economic justice be the party’s central and dominant appeal, or do candidates also have to display fealty to the Democrats’ cultural catechism?”

A survey of headlines shows that the Democratic Party’s attempt to unify has a long way to go. See below for some of the best headlines that highlight that:

The Washington Post: Democrats’ self-inflicted abortion problem

Huffington Post: Will We Abandon Women’s Rights In The Name Of Progressive Politics?

CNN: Bernie Sanders stands by anti-abortion mayoral candidate

New York Times: At a ‘Unity’ Stop in Nebraska, Democrats Find Anything But

The Daily Caller: Dick Durbin, Tom Perez To 28 Percent Of Dems Who Oppose Abortion: Get In Line Or Get Out

Washington Examiner: Who got to Tom?: After endorsing anti-abortion candidate, DNC Chair Tom Perez says party’s pro-abortion stance ‘not negotiable’

Fox News: Tom Perez draws rebuke from Pelosi after declaring Dems can’t be pro-life

Washington Free Beacon: Democratic Strategist: Abortion ‘Purity Tests’ Could Make Party Irrelevant

Real Clear Politics: Why Are Democrats Fighting Each Other Over Abortion?

The Resurgent: New DNC Chair to Party: Support Abortion or Get Out