World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 13 Mar, 2021 02:30 am

The phony “socialist” takeover of the Nevada State Democratic Party

The phony “socialist” takeover of the Nevada State Democratic Party
The elevation of Democratic Socialists of America-backed candidates to lead the Democratic Party in Nevada is not a victory for socialism, but an expression of conflicts over positions within the state apparatus.

On March 6, Judith Whitmer, formerly the chair of the Clark County Democratic Party and a member of the Las Vegas chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), beat Tick Segerblom to become the new chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party.Segerblom is a former state representative and long-time Democratic Party operative.The media has described the victory of Whitmer—who was endorsed by both the DSA and the Bernie Sanders affiliated “Our Revolution Nevada”—as “socialist” takeover of the Nevada Democratic Party.“Entire staff of Nevada Democratic Party Quits after Democratic Socialist Slate Won Every Seat,” proclaimed The Intercept, describing the victory of “insurgent progressives in Nevada” against the Harry Reid machine.

” In fact, the victory of Whitmer involves conflicts within various factions of the Democratic Party, with the DSA brought in to provide a veneer of progressivism.” That is, Whitmer earned the endorsement of the DSA because she was able to pay lip service to empty political slogans for inclusion in a Democratic Party document that has no impact on any future candidate or politician.

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