Neoliberal Silicon Valley Owned Rep. Rohit Khanna (D-CA) is the New “Alternative” Pied Piper of the Corporate Left

by Scott Creighton

When Rohit “Ro” Khanna (D-CA 17th) recently popped onto the alternative left scene, it was at a Jimmy Dore live show. Jimmy later said “Ro” flew there that day specifically to attend the event. When he was called up on stage there was already a chair and a mic waiting for him. He sat next to the comedians and the show went on with Jimmy making sure to include him in the political discussion every now and then.

That video was posted on April 27th 2017.

On May 10th, Cenk Uygur couldn’t contain his glee when he had Ro on his show and asked him if he knew what “Justice Democrats” were. Cenk said the JDs were the “strong, progressive democrats who couldn’t be corrupted by corporate and PAC money”. Ro was there to announce he was joining the fledgling political sub-party owned and operated by Cenk Uygur (of Young Turks network) and Kyle Kulinski (of Secular Talk)

Rohit is being billed as an anti-corporatism Democrat who they say wants to shake-up the system and get the old cronies out of office so he can help rebuild the Democrat Party into something that represents the workers again. He speaks the right language, he knows the right buzz-words. He’s young, he’s a minority (which is a requirement these days on the left apparently) and he’s already won a seat in the House of Representatives so he’s not starting off from scratch.

But there is something slightly off about “Ro” and you can’t quite put your finger on it when you see him live like at the Jimmy Dore Show rollout they did with this Cenk Uygur branding program.

You don’t really know what it is but something tells you… you’ve seen this movie before. You saw it in ’92 then you saw the remake in 2008.

Then it hits you. You dig a little deeper than the folks at the Young Turks network (and that includes Jimmy Dore who is also on Cenk’s payroll by the way) want you to and you find Rohit Khanna isn’t the knight in shining progressiveness that you were told he was. In fact, he’s nothing like that at all.

Then you remember “I did see this movie before and I hated it the first time, walked out in the middle of the second and now here we are and I’m not even going to pay the price of admission.”

What do they think we are? Stupid?

In a word… yes.

Ro Khanna is a fraud and I’m going to prove it to you once and for all.

1. The Justice Dems are nothing more than a sheep-dogging for-profit project.

The “Justice Democrats” is merely a vehicle designed to keep the flock from straying away from the corrupt unDemocratic Party. There is a lot of money floating around right now in service to that particular mission statement and anyone offering to do the job is sure to get piles of money from all sorts of interested parties if they can reasonably convince the party establishment that they can deliver the unwashed masses back into the fold.

Cenk Uygur is a former republican (like Hillary Clinton for example). He went to Wharton business school (same as Donald Trump). He was pro-life, anti-affirmative action, opposed feminism and wrote repeatedly that the Armenian genocide didn’t constitute genocide. Some time after 1999 he claims he started turning “progressive” He later said it was the illegal invasion of Iraq that did it.

In 2014 a Republican  politician and businessman gave Uygur $4,000,000 to expand his reach with his “progressive” YT network. In April of 2014, Buddy Roemer pumped that lump sum of cash into Cenk’s “progressive” network and promised he would give him another 4 mil if he needed it. That’s a whole bunch of cash for a Youtube and internet radio show network.

Buddy Roemer was a fake Democrat before he become a Republican. Did you know that? Once the gig was up and everyone was on to his trick, he had to switch party affiliation to Republican.

In Congress, Roemer frequently supported Ronald Reagan‘s policy initiatives and fought with the Democratic congressional leadership,[13] though he remained in the party. He also criticized then Democratic House leader Tip O’Neill of Massachusetts for being “too liberal”…”

Buddy was one of the first neoliberal centrist Dems. In short, he was a Republican pretending to be a Democrat, like many we see now in politics.

Kinda like Cenk Uygur.

The Justice Dems right now have a total of 3 candidates. “Ro” is one of them, he’s their prize acquisition because he raises so much money from the corporations in Silicon Valley and from Indian businessmen hoping to get a payback. More on that later.

The other two are Cori Bush and Paula Swearengin.

Their official websites are carbon copies of each other. Looks like something a corporate tool would do. Cori is a nurse and ordained minister. Paula’s claim to fame is that she is a “coal miner’s daughter”, got her hair cut on the steps of the West Virginia capitol building protesting mountaintop removal strip mining and she once had a short interaction with a politician at a rally that was put on Youtube.

They both claim to be “fighters” on their webpages. They will both lose. I don’t even know if Paula has ever had a job. It doesn’t list one, much less a career, on her website.

They will lose because closeted Republicans pretending to be Democrats like Cenk Uygur, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi et al would rather keep a corporate Democrat in power than see a real candidate with a real shot at beating them primary them in the next election. And if they do beat their neoliberal buddies, then they would certainly rather see a Republican beat them than let them get in congress.

Unfortunately these two fine women don’t seem to understand how this works. They are being used by Mr. Uygur and Mr. Kulinski as credibility boosters. But they will lose and their benefactors know it. In fact, they are counting on it.

Let me just say this as well… you aren’t going to vote your way out of this. Especially by voting for one party or the other in our One Party System, the Business Party or the Washington Consensus.

Black box voting is a sham. We saw that in the case of Alvin Greene in South Carolina. We saw it in presidential elections in the past. We saw it during the Democrat Primary in 2016. Election fraud is real and it is taking place right here right now in the U.S. That’s why so many countries don’t allow these electronic voting machines to be used in their elections and why we have to stop using them here.

That said… let’s move on.

(I’m sorry Cori and Paula. You wont win because even those supposedly on your side don’t want you to win. You’re part of a dog and pony show and I am sorry as I can be to tell you that, but you are.)

2. Follow the corporate money all the way to “Ro’s” pockets

Here’s the big product pitch for the Justice Dems:

“Democrats that represent people, not corporations”

“Ro” is supposedly a candidate that refuses to take super PAC and corporate money. But it takes it all the time. In fact, he bundled a ton of cash to win California’s 17th district election last year.

Compare where his money came from to that of his opponent’s, Mike Honda:

American Federation of Teachers $15,000
Acorn Campus Ventures $13,300
Alphabet Inc $12,700
AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America $12,700
Pacific American Fish Co $12,400
Cherokee Nation $10,600
National Assn of Realtors $10,500
Lee, Hong et al $10,400
Communications Workers of America $10,375

Now “Ro’s” top 9:

Alphabet Inc $89,370
Wilson, Sonsini et al $31,551
Blackstone Group $29,300
Sutter Hill Ventures $28,000 $27,250
Kleiner, Perkins et al $26,300
Morgan Stanley $22,300
Contextmedia $21,600
Inventus Capital $21,600

Let’s look at where their money came from in terms of individuals donating and which industry they work in.

“Ro” Khanna took over $700,000 from the Securities and Investments industry. That was his top industry.

Mike got $238,000 from retired people and $138,000 from people working in the “human rights” sector. Combined that makes up about half of what “Ro” got from Wall Street essentially.

Why is it you think so many Wall Street types felt the need to bundle up cash for “Ro”? Are they suddenly “progressive”?

Jimmy Dore did an extremely dishonest video the other day defending “Ro” and his promotion of this guy. In that video Jimmy said something like “sometimes these rich guys can be progressive you know. FDR was rich!”

So Jimmy thinks there are thousands of FDRs working in Wall Street these days just looking for a real progressive to take up their cause? Uh. No.

Critics of anyone calling out this “Ro” guy say these are individual donations and that these people “just happen” to work in those sectors in the 17th district. That doesn’t work either. Look at the spread of the numbers above. That’s not a happenstance. Statistically speaking, that’s a clear pattern. Big business and Wall Street prefer “Ro” over Mike and trade unions prefer Mike over “Ro”

Other apologists for “Ro” point to the fact that Alphabet gave Bernie Sanders $300,000+ in last year’s campaign. They say “see? Bernie took it to so that means it’s not bribery”

Yeah, but Alphabet (Google’s parent company) gave Hillary over 1.5 million compared to that and what exactly did Bernie do? He sheepdogged real progressives back into the fold and when Hillary stole the nomination from him… he campaigned for her… almost like he was bought and paid for… right?

Oh yeah… and he went out and bought a $600,000 lakeside log cabin in the woods.

In the end, “Ro” raised something like 5 million dollars to run for a job that pays $174,000 per year. The VAST majority of that came from bundlers with ties to Big Business in Sillicon Valley and the financial sector who I am sure gave up all that money because they want too see free college and Medicare for All handed out to the general public.

(This is the part where I am rolling my eyes)

It is well known that “Ro” is bought and paid for. This is NOT news.

He was one of “Wall Street’s fab five: House members, candidates most reliant on funding from finance industry” according to Open Secrets in June of 2016.

In Oct. of 2016, he was exposed at the Daily Kos as Wall Street’s and Silicon Valley’s puppet AND his campaign manager had to quit right before the election because he hacked Honda’s system and stole his donor list then used it to try to collect donations and get them to vote for “Ro” instead.

Going all the way back to Feb. of 2014, Pando said he was “owned” by Silicon Valley.

Libertarian Peter Thiel is a big supporter of “Ro” as is most of the monied class in Silicon Valley, according to Pando. Maybe that’s because “Ro” wants to let Silicon Valley ‘repatriate” all those profits they are hiding overseas for zero taxes just so long as they promise to invest some in jobs here in the states. We’re talking trillions maybe.

Maybe they like “Ro” because he’s not Mike Honda who the New York Times described as a ” liberal, pro-labor Democrat with a passion for civil rights” and which was extremely negative toward “Ro”

Truth be told, “Ro” is bought and paid for and the word has been out on this Silicon Valley/ Wall Street asset for a long time. This is nothing new.

It is odd that Cenk and the others at Justice Dems and Young Turks would have picked this guy to represent their “no corporate cash” product. He’s nothing but corporate cash, even if he gets it through the back door. Everyone knows it. Everyone except the desperate progressive YT fans I guess. What do they think? They’re stupid?

3. Rohit Khanna is a trained neoliberal

Rohit Khanna attended the University of Chicago where he received his degree in economics. The birthplace of American neoliberal ideology was the University of Chicago’s School of Economics. That’s where Milton Friedman taught. That’s where the Chicago Boys came from, the technocrats who decimated Chile after our little coup in 1973. Sept. 11th, 1973 to be more specific.

4. Rohit Khanna married well. Real well.

Rohit Khanna’s father in law, Monte Ahuja, has a business school named after him. He’s Republican of course.

5. Rohit Khanna fully supports Nancy Pelosi

These days in all these interviews, Ro Khanna keeps saying the DNC rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders and the corporate Dems have to go. He pretends that he’s out there to fight the establishment in the unDemocratic Party but I found a little Op Ed he wrote in late Nov. 2016… about 6 months ago… taking about Nancy Pelosi, the most corrupt, bought off unDemocratic Party member there is. Under her, nothing got done except more war and no one being held accountable and a Republican healthcare bill got passed under the name ObamaCare. All sorts of ‘compromises” were made to undermine Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and of course, the Dems went from holding both houses of congress AND the White House to losing all of it… BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T DO A THING THEY PROMISED WITH THAT ADVANTAGE.

Nancy Pelosi was the worst Speaker of the House in a long time and is the worst leader of this party… ever.

And yet… Mr. anti-establishment Khanna wrote of her… just 6 months ago:

“we must have Nancy Pelosi leading House Democrats in the hard fights ahead.

At the same time that Hillary Clinton lost the White House, because of Leader Pelosi’s tireless efforts, House Democrats won several key races..

…sniping about Nancy Pelosi’s age and undermining her leadership is not a strategy to protect hard-working families from Republicans’ destructive agenda or win back the House…

Today, we need her as House Democratic Leader more than ever before.” “Ro” Khanna

Pelosi the the congressional poster-child for what is wrong with the Democrat Party these days. She is a corporate Dem to the bone and she opposes progressive action at every turn.

And Cenk Uygur’s “CHANGE” candidate supports her continued leadership? That’s progress?

6. Rohit Khanna backs the White Helmets and the disinformation that Assad is a dictator

I can’t cover this one any better than Debbie did over at the Sane Progressive. I have to give her credit. She rants a bit but she is definitely on point when it comes to this guy being another fraud and Jimmy Dore selling out by endorsing him. With regard to his meeting the White Helmets leaders his spokesperson said”

“He met with representatives from the White Helmets to support their humanitarian efforts in Syria. The congressman updated his social media posts about the meeting to clarify his position.”

After his little photo op with the group and his praising of them in public, “Ro” got some pushback from real progressives and anti-war leftists like myself who let him know he was meeting with and endorsing a group who are aligned with al Qaeda and used to be called the Islamic State Fire Brigade. They are fully funded by the U.S. and Britain, created by a former British military officer and their purpose is to promote lies about the Assad government in an effort to promote war and regime change.

“Ro” quickly backtracked knowing full well he would need the real left if he intends to take his political career to the next level. He removed some Facebook posts and Tweets. Had to scrub his history as quickly as he could.

Over at the fake left Huffington Post, they tell the story slightly differently.

At the same time, Khanna said he does not support Gabbard’s January trip to meet with the Syrian dictator.

“I respect Congresswoman Gabbard’s desire for us not to militarily intervene, but I don’t think that we should be legitimizing Assad in any way, because he has committed, in my judgment, war crimes,” the congressman told HuffPost.

It’s a fine line he has to walk. He doesn’t wish to lose the real left because he saw what that did to Hillary Clinton in November. She lost to Donald Trump for God’s sake, perhaps the single worst candidate the right has run for president since… well, Mitt Romney and John McCain.

But he also doesn’t want to say the wrong thing and piss off the pro-war fake left.

Anyone promoting regime change in Syria is not a candidate the real left should ever support. Debbie gets that 100% right. They shouldn’t demonize journalists or politicians who actually go there and try to get a better understanding of what is happening just because the truth doesn’t fit the needs of those who demand regime change in Syria.

And let’s be honest… the ones who want regime change in Syria, the ones “Ro” is currently pandering to, are not INDIVIDUAL VOTERS… but corporate America and Big Banking. And that just goes further to prove who “Ro” actually works for.

7. Rohit Khanna not only supported the TPP and other fascist “free trade” deals… he may have had a hand in crafting them.

“Ro” changed his position on the TPP when it became fashionable for politicians to do so in spite of the fact that Barack Obama, then still president, was pushing as hard as he could to get the globalist deals done.

As soon as Obama took office in 2009, he jumped into pushing negotiations for the TPP and our representatives began meeting with reps from other countries and Big Business immediately.

If you recall, Rohit Khanna worked as United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce from Aug. 2009 til Sept. 2012 and he only left office so he could run for office himself.

For those of you who don’t know, the Commerce Department was heavily involved in the TPP negotiations. “Ro” was working under Rebeca Blank for most of his tenure. She is a proponent of the globalist trade deals.

Whether or not he was involved in the crafting of the deals themselves, he certainly was a supporter of them before he opposed them when it was fashionable to do so. Kinda like his support of the White Helmets.

8. “Ro” was first marketed to progressives by the same astroturf group Obama created to help sell the TPP

This is fascinating and very enlightening.

Cenk Uygur’s fake progressive political action committee (let’s face it, that is what it is) is not the first astroturf marketing campaign to promote “Ro” as some kind of progressive.

“Obama campaign alumni Mitch Stewart, the Battleground States Director for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, and Lydia Tran, the former National Press Secretary for Organizing for America, just launched a new astroturf campaign to promote the fast-track authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Their efforts will focus on Oregon and Washington at first because they are both export-heavy states–and because Ron Wyden (D-OR) is the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.

Their firm, 270 Strategies, is the Democratic-aligned PR firm behind Democrat-in-name-only Ro Khanna’s congressional campaign against Mike Honda (CA-17) and Educators for Excellence, a Gates-funded front group that advocates against teacher tenure and for teacher evaluation systems that rely on the use of standardized test scores.” People Demanding Action, March 2015

Look at that. They knew he was a ‘Democrat in name only’ way back in 2015… and here we are having to fight this same fight today as folks like Cenk Uygur and Jimmy Dore try to polish this turd and sell him again. Pretty sad right?

9. Rohit Khanna backs the “its the Russian’s fault” New McCarthyism bullshit

This one should obviously be a deal breaker for anyone considering who they will back for political office. Anyone that is actually a progressive that is. New McCartyites aren’t progressive. I don’t care if their name is Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or “Ro”

“The President’s decision to remove FBI Director James Comey raises serious questions about the independence of law enforcement. That is why I support a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. It is the only way we can restore trust in our democratic institutions. Now is the time for Congress to take action on the Protecting Our Democracy Act, a bill that has the support of the entire Democratic caucus. The bill would create a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission empowered to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas, and receive public testimony to examine attempts by the Russian government and others to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or sow distrust in last year’s U.S. elections.” Rohit Khanna, 4 days ago

This past month Jimmy Dore has done some great work exposing the bullshit of the “Russia did it” excuse and disinformation. Suddenly, after backing “Ro”, he has now come out with a bullshit video of him and his crew sitting around pondering “I wonder what the Russians did? gee?”

The Russians didn’t do shit to undermine our elections… but we have a bill in congress right now asking for $20,000,000 to regime change Venezuela and we have a whole bunch of contractors in Syria terrorizing the country and attacking civilians so we can regime change that country. Oh I’m sorry… they’re called “moderates” aren’t they?

This Russia bullshit is about justifying Hillary’s loss but it’s also about destabilizing the Trump presidency AND ginning up a new Cold War which is very profitable for the corporations that OWN the unDemocratic Party. And “Ro” once again, parrots the corportist talking points.

It’s also about Russia starting the last leg of the pipeline with Turkey and keeping us from getting what we wanted in Syria. They have to be punished for thwarting our “national interests”

There is no evidence of Russia interfering in our election process. None. So why do we need an independent commission?

This whole Russia thing has greatly diminished any confidence people still had with the fake left. They’re sick of it because after all this time all we see are more 6 degrees of separation guilt by association innuendo and tons and tons of unsupported allegations being tossed around like evidence of Iraqi WMDs were not that long ago.

It’s bullshit and most real progressives know that. Cenk Uygur doesn’t seem to know it and it looks like Jimmy Dore is forgetting that. But we know “Ro” doesn’t know it or he wont say it… officially. He will imply it in public at a nightclub with Jimmy, but officially, he’s got a different opinion. Kinda like his take on Nancy Pelosi… right?

10. The Email

Yes, I finally got around to the email and I saved it for last because everyone knows all about it by now. Debbie at the Sane Progressive has covered it. So has H.A. Goodman. Everyone has talked about it.

The story goes something like this:

“Ro’s” campaign manager (not the one who got caught hacking into Honda’s account, he had to resign) sent an email to John Podesta begging him to get Hillary to openly back “Ro” in the 2016 race. He talked about how much corporate money “Ro” has raised and how much he could raise for the Dems (he said $50,000,000) between his Silicon Valley friends (like Peter Thiel) and businessmen from India. He went on too say “Ro” is a big supporter of Hillary’s and that Ro would support the TPP when Honda wouldn’t. Then he begged Podesta to get Hillary to show up at his wedding.

The email is part of the Podesta emails published by Wikileaks.

I saved this for last, not because it’s the strongest evidence, but because it’s the weakest.

It’s his campaign manager desperately trying to sell “Ro” to the most powerful insider in Washington, first of all. It’s not coming from “Ro” himself, though I don’t doubt every word of it is true.

A lot of folks have focused on this email as the Holy Grail of evidence against “Ro” and I don’t think it is.

  • He has a long history of being exposed as a bought and paid for candidate.
  • He cheated to win the seat he has now.
  • He is a trained neoliberal from the birthplace of American neoliberalism.
  • He promotes disinformation about Assad, the White Helmets and Russia to keep in good standing with the corporate party he pretends to oppose.
  • He backs Nancy Pelosi for God’s sake.
  • He was marketed the first time by Obama’s Sell the TPP astroturf project.
  • He’s being marketed now by a fake-left sheep-dogging outfit funded by Republicans.
  • He backed the TPP if he didn’t help write the damn thing.

There are a number of reasons for real progressives, the kind that refused to vote for career criminal Hillary Clinton, to avoid Rohit Khanna like the plague. Sure the email helps people understand all of this but it doesn’t stand by itself as reason enough to not support him.

The unDemocratic Party are desperate. They need a passable progressive they can retool a bit and pass off as the real deal in 2020. Clearly Cenk Uygur sees this guy and his connections as his meal ticket. That’s why he was giggling when he announced “Ro” as a Justice Democrat on May 10th. Like most other Republicans, and I include the Republicans pretending to be Democrats, all he sees are the dollar signs.

Seems to me Jimmy Dore is being forced by the Young Turks to promote this guy and he really doesn’t like it. You can tell it when you listen to his shows with “Ro”

You can also tell Cenk has pressured Jimmy to promote him and his network more on his Youtube channel. He’s been mentioning Cenk an awful lot this past month and even had some of his “journalists” on the show.

(This is the thing Jimmy. You call out the Dems, and rightly so, for being to dependent on corporate money to take a stand and do and say as they wish. Funny how money does that to people, right? Funny how you can get so used to a certain level of financial success, you can’t figure out a way to do without it, and you are forced to… compromise. Funny how that works, isn’t it? I promise you one thing though… Cenk knew all about it.)

Rohit Khanna is not progressive.

He’s another Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. He’s a package. A product. Marketed and sold like Pepsi. And like Pepsi, he’ll end up rotting your teeth out.

The unDems are desperate and so to, unfortunately, are real progressives and the real left (or what’s left of it)

Don’t settle for this. The guy is a polished turd and he will betray you. Cenk Uygur, the New Congress thing, the Draft Bernie ridiculousness… it’s all marketing and you can’t be fooled by it even if you want to be.

Demexit might seem like a desperation move but I promise you, falling for this regurgitated bullshit is the real sign of insanity. It’s not even good regurgitated bullshit.

Rohit Khanna is a neoliberal centrist in progressive WWE costumes and you simply can’t fall for that crap again. If you do, you deserve what you get.

Listen to Debbie, unsubscribe to Jimmy like I did and send a message: we aren’t buying what you’re selling anymore.


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60 Responses

  1. So they are getting him ready to replace Trump in 2021? Or sooner if they can get Trump out?
    Another package of poison for America … and what can we do? Ballot voting is not allowed….
    so depressing…..

    • Honda is 75 now and in three years he will be 78. He lost his silicon valley seat to Ro……
      how can we support a man who might not be alive in three years….
      where are the younger men who could run against Ro…..

  2. When I was young, JD stood for “Juvenile Delinquent”.

  3. Thanks for all this information Scott – it’s very helpful. I think you’re being a little hard on Jimmy Dore though. I agree he needs to distance himself from TYT bu I think we should give him more time to do that before we give up on him. As you recently said about him “He tells people some truth but he doesn’t know everything so we shit all over him, right?” (

    He’s very good on most things so I don’t think we should give up on him because he’s not perfect.

    • Yes, that is true. I did say that. Only thing is, if you watch his video defending this scrub, this new fake dem product “Ro” you tell me if he actually believes it or if he’s trying to believe it.

      That’s slightly different. Again, I know what you are saying and perhaps I am being too harsh on him, but what I was talking about was someone just getting something wrong… not deliberately misleading people. There is a difference in that, is there not?

      • I agree 100% that there is a big difference. I guess I’m not convinced that it’s deliberate yet. I could be persuaded otherwise if he keeps moving in that direction.

        • we will see. Im not so sure either at this point. call it a gut reaction.

          • See Jimmy Dore spout “leftist” man-made global warming propaganda. That’s the same propaganda that the BBC and The Economist magazine put out. Not to mention Obama. What a tool.

            • So 7.5 billion people have no affect on the climate?

              • Some Sequoia trees in California are over 3,000 years old and according to tests that can be done (without hurting the trees) it is known the tree has survived extreme heat and cold and dry periods. They know climate change has occurred several times before. So our human existence is not really responsible for something that seems to happen every so many years.
                Not like a few people think we need to eliminate humans.

  4. This is off subject but….
    for all you ‘Mothers’ out there…… Happy Mother’s Day !
    I am having a great one…..
    at least the politicians haven’t messed with this Day yet.

  5. The real test is how Ro Khanna will vote and how he will behave as a congressman. At this point we can’t know who Ro Khanna is, because he doesn’t have a track record. Time will tell and we should wait to see what he does in congress. The fact that he is willing to piss off most of his fellow Democrats in congress by joining the Justice Democrats is a plus in my book.

    Your bizarre belief that the The Young Turks, the Jimmy Dore Show, and Justice Democrats are front groups to sheepdog people into the Democratic Party is bizarre. The establishment Democrats are not at all happy about the Justice Democrats and being primaried from the left. Feel free to disagree with their strategy, but to argue that the Young Turks, Secular Talk, and the Justice Democrats are plants by the establishment to weaken the left shows your inability to judge reality. TYT and its network have a wide variety of leftist positions. Jimmy Dore wants a third party, but Cenk Uygur wants to reform the Democratic Party from within. A number of the hosts on TYT supported Clinton in the primaries and argued for her on air. This is not the behavior of plants.

    Let’s address a few of your other arguments. You argue that Ro is a neoliberal because he attended the University of Chicago, but many leftists who oppose neoliberalism have attended the U. of Chicago, such as Greg Palast and Bernie Sanders.

    Ro did get a lot of money from employees of Silicon Valley companies such as Alphabet, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those people represent their their companies. As a computer programmer, I can tell you that a lot of smart programmers want leftist reform of the system and many of them are very independent minded. Being able to analyze a problem and think independently is what makes a good programmer and those sorts of people may also give decide to give money to a candidate like Ro Khanna, because they believe that the system needs to be changed.

    Also, Ro’s decision to support Nancy Pelosi for the leadership position over Tim Ryan doesn’t indicate much about his political position. The Blue Dog Coalition and many centrist Democrats supported Ryan, so he wasn’t challenging Pelosi from the left.

    Maybe Ro is a corporate shill, but so far his publicly stated positions and his willingness to buck the Democratic establishment suggests otherwise. I am willing to give him time to try to prove it by his actions in congress before I pass judgment.

    You could have presented this information in a far more productive way that points out both the troubling aspects and the good aspects of Ro Khanna, but your willingness to see conspiracies on the left and paint everything in such a black-and-white manner makes me distrust your conclusions.

    • Keep drinking the Kool aid, buddy.

    • My inability to judge reality?


      Of course they need these groups to herd the left back into the fold. Look at the last election. Listen to them ENDLESSLY talking about “unity”. What do you think that means?

      And yes, Sanders did attend U of Chicago… back BEFORE Milton Friedman taught there and back before neoliberalism came over the London School of Economics… and yes, so did Greg. But Greg isn’t a politician is he?

      Sanders got a degree in poly sci in 1964 and Greg Palast got his BA in ’74. That’s not neoliberal economic ideology. Neither of them. Got nothing to do with neoliberalism.

      The real hint about him being a neoliberal comes from his idea on letting Silicon Valley bring home all their profits they hid overseas for free. That’s neoliberal and that’s what he said. Same policy idea Donald Trump had by the way.

      He’s been exposed as being a “Democrat in name only” years ago. He ran against a real leftist who got most of his support from unions and retired folks while he raked it in from the financial sector and Big Business. Apparently SOMEONE else knows he’s a neoliberal trying to pass as a progressive.

      And the point about his supporting Pelosi was to show he’s LYING about wanting to “shake up the system”. He doesn’t. He likes it just the way it is… and so do his donors.

      And when you say things like “conspiracies on the left” that lets know exactly who you are and tells me I don’t give a rat’s ass about your conclusions.

  6. Scott,
    How the hell do you keep up with all this?

    I know you don’t like my default approach, but I’d simply ask which if any of the political figures you mention had raised 9/11, false flags, key assassinations, and/or rigged voting as a crucial issue, and refused to let go? None? Cross ’em all off.

    This was my favorite paragraph: “Black box voting is a sham. We saw that in the case of Alvin Greene in South Carolina. We saw it in presidential elections in the past. We saw it during the Democrat Primary in 2016. Election fraud is real and it is taking place right here right now in the U.S. That’s why so many countries don’t allow these electronic voting machines to be used in their elections and why we have to stop using them here.” Too little said about this.

    Somewhat shocked to read your analysis of Jimmy Dore, and that he “did an extremely dishonest video the other day defending ‘Ro’ and his promotion of this guy. In that video Jimmy said something like ‘sometimes these rich guys can be progressive you know. FDR was rich!'” I learned about Dore here on your site, as you have linked to his videos a number of times. He made me laugh a lot, which is hard to do nowadays.

    Great article, thanks.

  7. Agree with your assessment of Cenk and Ro. But as others have already pointed out, judging Jimmy guilty by association is a bridge too far. Of course if Jimmy starts getting plastic surgery, hair plugs, and gold chains then it might be fair to assume TYT is paying for more than his electric bill.

    Disagree that the Russia Bullshit is intended to destabilize the Trump presidency. Why would the unDNC want to do that? Presidente Tronaldo is the best (only?) thing they’ve got going for them. Big Orange is life support for the unDNC. Probably why they hired his syphilitic ass…

  8. I agree with your views regarding jimmy ,but ask you consider the fact that jimmy is being demonitised,by fb, so how is he going to keep doing good stuff if he breaks with the young turks?maybe engouragment that people would support him if left yt .and showing support by subscribing to his own gig would help .

    • My suggestion as a viewer is always to cancel your cable and use the money you save to support Jimmy Dore and other channels of your choice. Saves your sanity, too, and sticks it to the cable cos and MSM as an added bonus. Win win win win. I am watching Jimmy and I commented to him “please don’t ever change.” Jimmy also does live tours so is hopefully not quite as dependent on Uyger as Jordan (sigh) was. If Jimmy goes south it would be depressing, but I’m one who’d rather know the truth. So far, I’m still subbed to Jimmy. Jordan, who knew damned well exactly what he was trying to do, is sadly but finally in my rearview. Peace and love.

      • I hope you are ultimately right about Jimmy. I’ve post his work and backed his stuff for a while now and I am hoping he moves through this. Him and Jordan. But honestly, I don’t see it happening. I certainly hope he makes the right choice but it’s hard. Today he did a video talking about his two co-stars and his cameraman and his production guy and I figured, he was trying to send a message. Look, as small as his operation is, he already has people, families, depending on him. And I get that. I do. Swear to God I do. But look… he knows damn well what’s at stake here and if he’s exposed as taking taking a side for other reasons, he should be dropped. Of all people, he should know this. I like Jimmy and this shit breaks my heart. It does. But this is our fucking chance and it may be the one we get, so if he goes the wrong way, he has to be held accountable. it’s that simple.

        • I feel the same way. Yet, he’s an adult and he needs to hear/feel the negativity immediately from his supporters. Right now he is on the precipice of the proverbial slippery slope. What some here have excused as his necessary “loyalty” to TYT is really just a euphemism for corruption. He needs to disentangle him himself from his work situation if he wants my financial support. Trying to guilt his supporters into not leaving him is pathetic. His problem isn’t that his supporters are leaving him, the problem is his own corruption. He’s being hypocritical. I hope that one day soon he comes clean with his audience, just like he expects from Bernie, Maddow and all the others that act in compromised ways without explanation (i.e., because of money). He also owes Mike Honda an apology for that cheap shot in the Ro Khanna “rationalization” video.

          • Notice the timing of all of this. Google started striping a bunch of Youtube channels of their ads. That cost Jimmy a lot of revenues and he talked about it a couple of times. Right after that, he started mentioning Cenk in every video at least twice and then promoted this Ro guy with his live show and on his YT channel. Then he had Cenk’s “journalist” on for a couple videos.

            Did you notice he always makes Steph wear that stupid “Donny tiny hands” tee-shirt… but doesn’t make the guy wear one? They have em for men as well. Why? Why just her?

            You know, I get it. He did a video yesterday and he started off talking about needed funding and wanting people to buy the shirts. He talked about all the production people working on the show. How did he get all of that I wonder? Anyway, I get it. People have come to depend on the revenue from the show. Them and their families. So I get it. it’s not just him he’s gotta think about. That’s gotta be a hard decision to make and I certainly don’t envy it or wish to put myself in that position.

            But, ultimately, it’s called the JIMMY DORE show and it’s his name and reputation that is at stake. Production guys have a skill set. They can and will find other work. You have to stay true to your ideals if you wish to make it and yeah, he would take a hit at first, but ultimately, he would recover subs and views and ticket sales at his live shows. At least I think he would. If he keeps going like this, one small compromise always leads to another and another and pretty soon he’ll be something like Keith Olbermann wearing an American flag and ranting about the Russians like Maddow.

            • Yeah, I’ve made similar observations. And I agree with all your sentiments. Hope he and Steph decide to pull up stakes and go it alone — I think that’d be exciting–, but I’m not holding my breath. Maybe they’ll get a new, bigger audience, staying with Cenk, but it won’t be the same one they built up to this point. Hard to imagine how could they live with themselves by doing that.

            • I think if he dropped from TYT and started his show on Vimeo and accepted contributions solely through patreon, he would be fine.

              • I think he would feel better. And who knows, I think Cenk is being exposed by a lot of good, well meaning journos right now, so maybe, if Jimmy gets out and sticks to his guns reporting on what he knows and feels to be true, he may replace Cenk. All the Turk has going for him right now is that cash. Once folks start waking up, it’s gonna dry up fast.

      • Jimmy needs to quit pushing this Ro Khanna character ASAP if he wants to continue to have my respect.

          • Well, here’s evidence that’s not going to happen. Below I’ve quoted what the “The Jimmy Dore Show” account has now cut-and-pasted in response to several critical commenters under their “Doubling down on Ro Khannon” video. I’m sorry, but Jimmy is so obviously corrupted. He’s gonna be a loyal soldier to Cenk and the establishment after all. He’s as shameless as the others. And like the others, I’m not going to support him. Good riddance, Jimbo and Stef. It’s been real. Hope you get rich and famous.

            “Currently Ro is one of only 6 congress members who pass Jimmy’s purity test. Takes no corporate, pac, or lobbyist money. Only 6 members. Ro is one of them. Plus he openly supports Single payer, and is against middle east wars including Syria Bombing. He doesn’t smear 3rd parties. He passes our purity test. Maybe you have a different test, that is your prerogative, but Jimmy has been consistent, and will remain consistent.”

            • Off topic… I had the biggest crush on an Angela Ratliff way back when in Va. when I was working on films. I asked her out once. She said “maybe”. I was WAAAAY outside my league. 😦

              • I have paternal colonial ancestors from that region. But the last three or four generations of my family hail from the Great Plains (Kansas). So sorry I can’t put in a good word for you :^)

                • oh well. worth a shot. … actually, she’s happily married at this point. and I never stood a chance anyway… but thanks for the thought.

  9. Justice Democrats WILL:


    Super PACs should be banned, private donations to politicians and campaigns should be banned, and a clean public financing system should be implemented to end the takeover of our government by corporations and billionaires. Americans deserve free and fair elections — free from the corruption of big money donors. The Supreme Court has effectively legalized bribery. It’s time for an Article 5 convention to take our Democracy back from the brink of Oligarchy. Prior to passing this amendment, all Justice Democrats should reject billionaire and corporate donations when running for office to show the American people we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk. Ranked choice voting should also be implemented to make smaller parties a viable option. All provisions of the Voting Rights Act should be reinstated, and gerrymandering for partisan gain should be eliminated.


    Despite engaging in systemic fraud and causing a subprime mortgage meltdown and the great recession, you can count the people from Wall Street who are in prison for their crimes on one hand. It’s time to prosecute the criminals, bring back Glass-Steagall, and re-regulate Wall Street to prevent another crash. Prison is not just for the poor and the middle class anymore. We will have cops on Wall Street, not just Main Street.


    Corporations dodge $450 billion a year in taxes by using offshore tax havens. We should end this injustice, as well as chain the capital gains tax to the income tax, increase the estate tax, and implement the Buffet Rule so that no millionaire CEO pays less in taxes than his or her secretary. It’s time for a tax system that benefits the middle-class and the poor, and makes the top 1% and multinational corporations pay their fair share.


    We support the right to express unpopular opinions without fear of censorship. We support free speech on college campuses. The marketplace of ideas should be embraced. A vibrant debate is healthy for democracy, and we should cherish our first amendment. We also support net neutrality for a free and open internet.


    We must speak out against racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all forms of bigotry. Non-discrimination protections that currently apply to race, religion, and gender should be expanded to include the LGBTQ community and the atheist community. Making all Americans equal is not asking for special privileges, it’s asking for the rule of law — justice and equality for all as outlined in the United States Constitution.


    This is about justice and basic human decency. If you work hard and you work full time you shouldn’t live in poverty. Furthermore, we support strong unions and collective bargaining.


    The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen.


    Educating the citizenry of a nation pays dividends in the long run, with the economy getting back much more than is initially put in. Crushing student debt for higher education would no longer burden young men and women trying to improve their lives through hard work. We should strive to have the best education system in the world.


    The United States maintains 800 military bases worldwide at a cost of $100 billion a year, this is money that can be spent at home creating jobs, rebuilding infrastructure, and investing in the future of the people. The disastrous war in Iraq cost trillions, the war in Afghanistan is 15 years in with no end in sight, and we’re currently bombing 7 different countries. We spend more on our military than the next 8 countries combined. Despite countless lives lost and destroyed, terrorism has only gotten worse. It’s time to end the wars and the perverse monetary-incentive structure that makes politicians flippant about sending young men and women to die. Unilateral U.S. military force should only be used as a last resort to defend the nation. The current budget could be cut drastically if we used our department of defense for what it was intended — defending us, instead of waging interventionist wars.


    The goal is legalization, taxation, and regulation. Prohibition only makes drug cartels more powerful, increases crime, and makes drugs more dangerous due to lack of enforced safety standards. What you put in your body is your own business, and your right. A free society should allow individuals to make their own choices about their bodies. While most users are recreational and moderate, rehabilitation and treatment should be provided for people struggling with addiction. Additionally, those serving time for non-violent drug offenses should be pardoned.


    Our infrastructure gets a grade of D from the Society of Civil Engineers. The government should invest trillions in rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, schools, levees, airports etc. There’s no reason why we can’t have the world’s #1 infrastructure.


    Scientists are sounding the alarm on climate change. In order to avoid the worst case scenario and a dystopian future we need a massive green revolution. It’s time to drastically and immediately move away from fossil fuels and develop the technologies of the future. This will be a giant boon to both the private and public sector, as well as a necessary response to a global crisis. We can and we must be #1 in sustainable energy production in the world.

  10. Ro is as neo-liberal as they come. He is a Silicon Valley’s infiltrator into the Left, like many before him. Sadly, many people will fall for this again and again and again.

    • The JD support for a convention is a tip off we should watch for among all on the left, right or middle, as it’s the ultimate fallback for the PTB if regular politics fails. Be assured ALEC already has a new constitution up and ready for voting on, nudge, nudge, should things get desperate. Basically the JDs sound like sheepdogs, so again be wary of anyone suggesting a convention would be a good idea. It would not.

  11. Rohit Khanna is trying to pull the same scam Jonathan Gruber pulled when Barack Obama allowed him to pull Obamacare scam which has forced heavy taxation on the struggling young Americans in order to pay health insurance for the sick, poor and old Americans. Most of these young Americans are also struggling with college debt payments. Here is how the MIT Dr. Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare engineer, tried to hide the damaging scam called ACA while referring to voters as “stupid”!

    THE LYING ELITES Here they are, lying to you like S***T!

    Who gained? (a) Jonathan Gruber who was paid betwween $400,000-$2.5 million for engineering Obamacare (b) Insurance companies (c) drug companies (d) for profit hospitals and Doctors.

    And this is exactly what this guy, Ro Khanna, TYT and Cenk Uygur !!! These guy believe very deeply in deceit and wordsmithing. Greed is at the bottom of it!

    • Nice catch, Akech. I’ve been arguing with people since day one that Obamacare is a tax on the American people. Now I can show them these clips. Because today some people don’t get it unless they see it on a blue screen. Conditioning 101. This is proof that this farce has been a “backdoor” tax….in more ways than one.

  12. “Unfortunately these two fine women don’t seem to understand how this works. They are being used by Mr. Uygur and Mr. Kulinski as credibility boosters. But they will lose and their benefactors know it. In fact, they are counting on it.”

    Sorry, I’m too dense to understand this line of reasoning. If you have time, Scott, could you please spell it out for me? My knee-jerk reaction is, “Wouldn’t victories for these early candidates make Justice Dems seem more powerful and grow their (JD’s) credibility?”

    • I’m going to write up an analysis of my work from 7 years ago on Alvin Greene. The “candidacy” of Alvin Greene. He was run in a primary by the Dems in South Carolina against an anti-neoliberal Dem. They hacked the election, witnesses proved it in a hearing before the South Carolina Democratic board of directors, statisticians proved the election (on electronic voting machines) proved it beyond a doubt. Voters came out and testified. Took 12 hours of evidence being presented. The Alvin Greene people didn’t even show up, neither did Greene. It was CLEAR as day… but they dismissed the complaint and let Alvin Greene run against the neoliberal Republican … and Greene lost horribly. Greene was serving in the military at the time in South Korea in military intelligence. He pretended to be something akin to Forrest Gump. He even got himself arrested for trying to hit on a white college student, at the college, in a library, by showing her porno pics on a computer. Alvin Greene is a black man. And it’s South Carolina. Needless too say, Greene lost and the neoliberal Rep. won and the anti-neoliberal Dem was unseated. And that was done by the state and national Democratic party. Have you ever read my writing when I said that the Dems aren’t really Dems? Or seen Jimmy talk about the same thing? Cenk is not a progressive. He just plays one on TV and Youtube. His alliances lay with neoliberal Dems and apparently libertarian Republicans, like the one who once pretended to be a Dem and then gave Cenk 4 million bucks to run the Young Turks. Yes, victories would be better for the Justice Dems, but victories are measured in many ways in politics. Like that one in South Carolina. He’s getting Ro to sign up, he will get others before he’s all done. But more importantly than any of that is making sure real progressives don’t win seats. I should say this.. the guy playing the role of Alvin Greene knew what he was doing and knew he was there to lose to the Republican. I don’t think these women know how they are being used. They seem like good, well meaning citizens who are trying to make a difference.

      • To the uninitiated like me, it looks so complicated, what with all the sheepherding and pied piper candidates in the mix, but I think I get it now. You’ve put forth an explanation that is consistent with “making sure real progressives don’t win seats.” So this is really the DNC/DCCC (and thus, JD) mission statement. Surprise, it aligns nicely with that of the GOP/NRCC. Do I get it now? The duopoly is the Neoliberal Party. Dem/GOP labels function only to provide an illusion of choice/democracy.

        RE: Alvin Greene. Okay, I remember this guy now. My first reaction was Bubba Gump, rather than Forrest. Ha. So Greene primaried an incumbent (!) Dem progressive and won! Oh god, and more uncontested rigging. So ultimately this facilitated election of the GOP candidate (who not incumbent).

        Paula Swearengin is to primary Joe Manchin! Yeah, she has no chance. None. So the JD/DNC strategy here is Paula is a sheepherder candidate to give progressive Dems the illusion of choice.

        Cori Bush is primarying Democrat William Lacy Clay. Again, agreed that she has no chance in hell. But of all the Dems to primary, why Lacy Clay? Compared to Joe Manchin, he’s Neoliberal-Lite. Perhaps this is more sheepherding, to give black folks in the Missouri 1st District some illusion of agency and increase voter participation in Missouri for upcoming Presidential elections.

        But Ro Khanna is incumbent, and will thus likely win, and is Neoliberal (he primaried and beat Democrat Honda, who was more progressive). Here JD support seems superfluous — he’s gonna win with or without JD endorsement, thus I find the situation confusing. In the JD’s stated role of “supporting progressives” (that eventually lose), shouldn’t they be supporting a true progressive to primary Ro? Or is he the rare case where the DNC feels they can market the Neoliberal candidate as progressive?

        • the incumbent was Jim DeMint, a neoliberal republican. Vic Rawl was running to unseat him. Republicans were very unpopular at the time if you recall and Vic was a long-time judge and politician himself. But he wasn’t a neoliberal. They needed to make sure Vic didn’t run against DeMint because they figured if a real candidate ran against him, the incumbant neoliberal would lose. And he probably would have. Alvin got something like 25% of the vote. Imagine if a real candidate ran opposed to DeMint.

          Ro is being primed for bigger things. More than likely, Senate or even White House in 2020. Yeah, they feel like they can fool us ONCE AGAIN by packaging up this neoliberal shyster and pass him off as the next Obama. He was actually marketed by Obama’s people in his 2014 attempt at the House.

  13. Great essay, Scott. I’m going to give Jimmy Dore some more time–but great points.

  14. This is a terrible clickbait worm hole of paranoia and witch hunt bullshit journalism.

  15. I just saw the Sane Progressive’s video about this article. It’s now clear that Cenk is pressuring Jimmy Dore and Jordan Chariton to carry water for him if they want their TYT checks to keep coming. Michael Tracy and Dylan Ratigan seem to be the last two TYT employees with their integrity still fully intact.

  16. Just watched Sane progressive that highlights this site. Being newly “Woke” , Firstly, all hail to the truthers!! Fresh air indeed! This is going to be off topic and there may be a topic in this site to be later perused . Yes, pure laziness, lol, with a please forgive disclaimer .

    Me being newly awakened to government is corporation and all capitalism is D & R the You Tube take over is mentioned above. I would like to further that thought as it is written above what a corporate take over looks like , in part, by pulling adds.

    As you know all government (Fed Level) is corporate thus the second stage of hostile take over is Patreon. FCC as extension to corporation have the upcoming Net neutrality vote on the 18th of this month. Once passed, Patreon will be “tiered” as un-reachable for the 5 to 10 dollar donors that add up to the truther sites. With that said, you content creators that read this may want to flood the net of upcoming vote or rethink that Patreon account if you depend upon it in 5 to even 25 dollar donations.

    If I were a Goliath Corp both government and corporate its what I would do to stop, truth, by knee capping your donation tree. First by adds , after the 18th I go after Patreon by tiering it out of reach to the lowly.

    Sorry for the off topic , yet, the 18th is fast coming…

  17. […] Valley Owned Rep. Rohit Khanna (D-CA) is the New “Alternative” Pied Piper of the Corporate Left Neoliberal Silicon Valley Owned Rep. Rohit Khanna (D-CA) is the New “Alternative” Pied P… Daily Kos calling out Khanna in 2015: […]

  18. Hahahaha I stopped reading when you insinuated Bernie was a plant.

    It’s not like we have a trove of written record describing a massive campaign to suppress his candidacy….

    • Like Ron Paul, his purpose is to channel discontent back into the system. Neither congressman has gone to third parties or on an independent course, Bernard accept his losses and promoted Hillary’s candidacy, and both are in favor of some establishment policies while maintaining a façade of opposition.

  19. Yeah there is no path Paula can win a senate seat, I don’t think she could win a congressional race either, it’s nothing personal but these are the highest offices. I have seen nothing that shows she’s got the skills, no govt/political expirence nor relevant career skills such as lawyer; being a coal miners daughter and granddaughter doesn’t count. In every interview she has done so far she is clearly reading written talking points; which is what we hate about politicians. She hasn’t explained any solutions yet, how she will get anything done. She didn’t know the difference between the DNC and the Democratic Party which is a basic distinction; what else doesn’t she know about govt. She will need to be able to think for herself and quickly on her feet in the debate and tv interviews. So why did they pick her? Is there really no one better? Why not start at the bottom locally? She is being used for media exposure and fundraising, they know progressives hate Joe Manchin so they know they can easily fundraise. But Manchins poll numbers are high in WV and they know this. I don’t think they want someone to beat Joe Manchin.

    Ro Khanna has access to a goldmine of tech money. Do they seriously think we believe that those donors are not being used? He holds fundraising dinners which he wouldn’t need to do if they only cared about the issues. Those dinners are used for donors to “voice their issues” and get time to speak to the candidates. I guarantee instead of having them donate to a superpac for himself, he tells them to donate to the DNC and suggests other candidates to donate to. That’s the type of deal you make in politics – he’s allowed to talk about progressive anti corporate policies and in return he allows the party access to donors and they don’t replace/primary him. You can’t talk about certain topics or get certain positions, committees without making a deal.

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