Democratic Leaders: Dedicated to alienating the Democratic Base

Public education advocate and CTNewsjunkie columnist, Sarah Darer Littman, has produced another “must read” column articulating the anger and frustration that so many of us are feeling toward much of the leadership of the Democratic Party.

I pretty sure it was actually on my 18th birthday that I raced to the Old Town Hall to register as a Democrat. Less than two years later, I become, what I think, was the youngest Democratic Town Chairman in Connecticut history, beating out my former boss and mentor, Sam Gejdenson.

Today I watch a Democratic President and Democratic Governor undermine the public education system and coddle the rich, while here in Connecticut we witness the deepest cuts in history to our public colleges and universities, while slashing some of the most vital human services, such as respite care for parents of the developmentally disabled.

In recent years, time and time again, we’ve witnessed the Democratic leadership taking our party away from its core beliefs and principles.

In what is certainly an award-winning response, Sarah Darer Littman says enough is enough:

A Woman Without A Party (By Sara Darer Littman)

When my son registered to vote two years ago this month, he wanted to register unaffiliated. “Both parties are just corporate shills,” he said.

I had a hard time disagreeing with that point of view, but I talked him out of it with the same words my father told me thirty years earlier, when I was a new voter: “You should always join a party in a closed primary state so you can vote in a primary.”

My son listened to me, as I listened to Dad. So he was shocked when I told him that I’d gone to Town Hall this week and changed my registration from Democrat to Unaffliated in the final stage of my journey to disgust and disillusionment with the two-party system.

“Welcome to my world,” he said.

At 18, I was a registered Republican. At 36, I became a Democrat. And now, as a woman of a certain age, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Attorney General George Jepsen, and their BFF Arne Duncan, have persuaded me to join the fastest growing voter group in both Connecticut and the country — the Unaffiliated.

(Read her full post at:

Sarah ends by saying, “One of the books that has most influenced me was one I read in that 10th grade honors English class, George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM. The reason I’ve become unaffiliated is because as I looked from one party to the other on education, “already it was impossible to say which was which.”

I know Sarah speaks for many of us…

  • Linda174

    Go Sarah…absolutely..I have been thinking about doing the same. The new party could be called: The people without a party party. P3

  • jschmidt2

    I disagree Malloy is coddling the rich. Yes, hedge funds don’t need state funding and I have a problem with his first five and any outright state aid to companies because it taxes every company and every citizen to benefit a few. The rich provide investment to expand and grow companies. CT’s problem is the tax and regulations which make it difficult and unprofitable to do business in the state. THe chair of UTC a few years ago said anyplace is better to do business. CT has to be competitive and it isn’t. Malloy basically told the gun manufacturers to leave when his bill would not have stopped the tragedy. Mental health is a big issue and new rules will never be produced to address it because no one wants to enter that minefield. Guns were an easy target.
    I agree with you about schools. But the unions over the years just kept wanting more money and the administration never wants to address the overabundance of administrators. Plus the DC answer is full day kindergarten instead of making the current education system more effective. Teachers are not supported in the efforts to teach and all DC and Hartford have done is added more regulations and bureaucracy instead of letting teachers teach. As you may know, I am for smaller government and more efficiency. But the Republicans don’t offer great options and leadership. THe Democrats have gone to far left so unaffiliated is as good as any. But Malloy and the Democrats have ruined this state and their policies are the reason people and businesses want to leave. We are not attracting people to live hear as we were. I’d leave if I could find a northeast state was moderate.

  • Sue

    It’s such a pity that the Connecticut for Lieberman Party bit the dust. Think of all the ‘Malloy’ democrats it could have attracted, leaving the real Dems with the party they once loved.

  • Apartheid First

    The Democratic party has been, for the last few decades, a huge disappointment (the Republicans are unspeakable). But… maybe some viable “independent” or Green party candidate will run in CT–I would not totally rule out a decent Republican, I just haven’t seen any. I almost gagged the other day, thinking that Jodi Rell was maybe not so bad. She certainly did not stick it to teachers with anything like the zeal of Malloy. (As for frat-boy and wannabe mini George Bush, Tom Foley is an absolute joke.)

    By the way, I don’t think primaries are all that crucial. It might be possible to register as dem just before a primary, and then switch back to unaffiliated.