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Sign the petition to get strong progressives into the Democratic party.

Introducing Operation Backbone, a petition to let Democrats in congress know we want them to stand up to corporate interests. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"Leading Democrats on Capitol Hill don’t think their party is in a state of crisis. In an interview with Politico published Thursday, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid brushed off questions about whether the Republican Party had reduced the Democratic Party to a smoking pile of rubble in the 2016 elections.

“They have Trump, I understand that. But I don’t think the Democratic Party is in that big of trouble,” Reid said. “I mean, if (FBI Director James) Comey kept his mouth shut, we would have picked up a couple more Senate seats and we probably would have elected Hillary.”

Reid’s comments mirror those of some other powerful Democrats. Earlier this month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also downplayed the extent to which Democrats would have to change in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“I don’t think people want a new direction,” Pelosi said of her party. Asked after the election why Democrats hadn’t retaken the House, Pelosi also pointed to Comey’s letter and said, "He became the leading Republican political operative in the country — wittingly or unwittingly.””*

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35 comments

  1. Posted by LastKnownBeer, at Reply

    the dems are finished

  2. Posted by Patrick Blanchette, at Reply

    I hope this wasn’t the huge announcement you were teasing… Just a
    petition

    • Posted by chris hoskins, at Reply

      Patrick Blanchette you better believe it

  3. Posted by John Apple, at Reply

    Lol this is the dumbest idea of the left. The country just rejected
    progressive policies big time, and now they want to double down on their
    insanity. I say go for it. It’ll ensure no democrat ever wins the
    presidency again.

    • Posted by wesley roche, at Reply

      HucklePeel no one will ever come close to Reagan in ’84. 525 electorates
      with 58% of the popular vote.

    • Posted by Dave Miller, at Reply

      +wesley roche I believe LBJ defeated Barry Goldwater by a larger margin in
      1964. Goldwater carried only Arizona.

    • Posted by Selvy, at Reply

      +whyamimrpink78 The biggest reason Trump won GOP primaries is because they
      ran like 30 dismal establishment candidates who all split the
      pro-establishment vote against Trump, until he had the momentum to win.
      WikiLeaks shows the DNC was arranging the primary for Hillary – a
      nationwide household name – since 2014.

    • Posted by harr77, at Reply

      No dummy the country rejected a party that has done nothing for them in 30
      years and Bernie would’ve beat you clowns handily.

    • Posted by harr77, at Reply

      Wow dummy guess you missed the sabotage the dems did on him.

  4. Posted by V. Stiviano, at Reply

    I’m all for Cenk’s objective of pushing a progressive voice in the DNC and
    getting rid of corporate money, but on the other hand, Corporate Democrats
    along with Corporate Republicans are leading to a collapse of the American
    Empire and a full scale revolution, I kind of want to see that more than I
    want to save the DNC.

  5. Posted by Fred Beer, at Reply

    It’s funny how people in the comment section think creating a 3rd party for
    progressives will make them win lol. It would only take votes away from the
    democrats leading the republicans to win.

    • Posted by MISTY1770, at Reply

      Progressives are waking up to the fact that they are a small minority of
      the population..

  6. Posted by Moonie Bo (breathe), at Reply

    Why don’t we start a new party for progressives?

    • Posted by Cath' J J, at Reply

      Do both: two pronged approach. Try to retake the Dems from the inside, and
      create new or strengthen greens from the outside as a credible threat to
      Dems and Reps. See what works best, and collorate where possible.

    • Posted by MISTY1770, at Reply

      Democrats have been progressives since at least Woodrow Wilson. It’s the
      100 year old ideology of progressivism that is collapsing, not the
      Democrats.

    • Posted by Despicably Irascible Rapscallion, at Reply

      MISTY1770 The Democrats have only been largely progressive since the 60s.
      There was a weird, 2 nation split prior to that, with Northern democrats
      being fairly liberal, while Southern democrats were extremely conservative.
      To be honest, Republicans had a similar split up until the 80s.

    • Posted by MISTY1770, at Reply

      +Despicably Irascible Rapscallion
      You don’t know your history. Our present society is based on 100 year old
      Progressive ideology.
      Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, 1901–09, William Howard Taft, 1909–13, and
      Woodrow Wilson, 1913–21 were the main Progressive presidents and their
      administrations saw intense social and political change in American
      society. Wilson created the Fed and US has been at war ever since.
      Coincidence?
      Progressivism is collapsing in the west like communism collapsed in 1990
      soviet union. Progressives are the establishment.

    • Posted by TCt83067695, at Reply

      we already have one. its called the green party. we stopped flogging the
      dead dnc horse several months ago. Wikileaks was the final straw

  7. Posted by arif abaas, at Reply

    Democrats like to coprophilia a lot of the time on pointless issues

  8. Posted by Brandon Mcgu1re, at Reply

    I’m pretty sure the Democratic party died last month.

    • Posted by pholly jason, at Reply

      dont you mean 3 months ago?

    • Posted by Brandon Mcgu1re, at Reply

      pholly jason well lets just agree that they are dead, RIP the demoscumic
      party

  9. Posted by Dave Miller, at Reply

    Theyre going to need more than backbone–they are going to need titanium
    rods installed in their spine.

  10. Posted by Beachdudeca, at Reply

    Only care if the dems cease running candidates that run corp agendas

  11. Posted by whyamimrpink78, at Reply

    Cenk is super serious here guys. I mean, the revolution is on. If you
    though OWS was big, wait until this happens. Time for regressives to follow
    Cenk and his millions of dollars.

  12. Posted by Zee Risek, at Reply

    I signed!

  13. Posted by jrfi orn, at Reply

    …has been postponed ’till more funds come in: DNC

  14. Posted by genie0390, at Reply

    The Dem Party is dead! Finally watching their denials, deflecting blame,
    proves what I have been saying for a long time, that is liberalism is not a
    political ideology but rather a serious mental disorder. What else can
    explain liberals with their Sanctuary Cities determined to protect illegal
    criminal aliens who do serious crimes against Americans.

    • Posted by ChubbyGuy1, at Reply

      Yeah sure, this has only been said how many times throughout history? What
      do you think happened after Regan won 49 out of 50 states? The DNC is still
      here lol.

  15. Posted by Alex N, at Reply

    democratic backbone is going to be a 70 y.o. self proclaimed socialist who
    rolled over for Hillary.
    I don’t like that, I want there to be competition in politics. This way
    we’ll be a one party state in 2020 like we’re China.

  16. Posted by TheYgeth, at Reply

    Backbone?
    Buahahahaha! xD

  17. Posted by gunk wretch, at Reply

    democrats lose on purpose to discredit left wing politics, they much prefer
    trump over bernie, and they dont care if any republican wins because they
    were hired by the corporations to destroy grass roots activism and act as
    “gatekeepers” for the left

  18. Posted by Joe B, at Reply

    Cenk, your not an idealist, you’re a realist.

    To me an idealist is someone who thinks “Dems will finally grow a backbone
    under Trump.”

    A cynic is someone who says “the Dems will never grow a backbone”.

    A realist says “we will MAKE them grow a backbone!”

    • Posted by Joe B, at Reply

      FYI I not only signed. I also donated

  19. Posted by Zappy Zap, at Reply

    If you really are a *progressive* then now is the time to *progress* and
    leave the democratic party and start a new, third party with *progressive*
    policies and politicians.