Friday, August 31, 2007
Matt Stoller on Open Left points to a consistent problem: This is why labor can't get traction. It doesn't matter to their leaders that Clinton employs a union-buster as her chief strategist, they want a winner.
I've long understood the problem of the "labor movement" to be its undying loyalty to a dying Democratic Party. (See Organized Labor Stares Down Own Mortality in The Evening Bulletin from PA) Unions barely even organize the unorganized anymore -- their "growth" strategy in a post-industrial economy rife with NAFTAs, WTOs, CAFTAs, etc., is to re-organize the already organized by raiding other unionized workers and holding elections to switch their bank accounts over... Union membership since the effective days of Reagan, the original union-buster, has dropped from 20% to around 12%.
If organized labor would take a page from independents, whose ranks have grown during the same time period from 8% to 43%*, they might decide to become less "organized" and more independent. That would do for a start.
* According to a September 3, 2006 Washington Post article, A Nation of Free Agents, by Marc Ambinder: "Independent voters comprise about 10 percent of the electorate, but the percentage of persuadable independents has shot up to about 30 percent. In the 27 states that register voters by party, self-declared independents grew from 8 percent of the registered electorate in 1987 to 24 percent in 2004, according to political analyst Rhodes Cook. Consistently, about 30 percent of U.S. voters tell pollsters they don't belong to a party."
* And the most recent USA Today/Gallup poll puts self-identified independents at 43% of the electorate.
But Obama has not been able to weave his critique of Hillary’s Iraq vote into the broader narrative of his campaign – that he is a different kind of politician who can unite the country.
Obama’s challenge is to show he possesses the leadership capacity to move the nation forward while simultaneously exposing Hillary’s greatest vulnerability. His opportunity is to propose legislation that seeks to ensure the nation never again goes to war the way we did in 2003 - a cause that should unite both war supporters and war opponents.
And I would just add that Congress never really had a debate, premature or otherwise, on authorizing force in Iraq because they are too busy jockying for positions within their parties instead of listening to and acting on the wishes of their constituents.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Existentialist Cowboy says:
"A recent Gallup poll indicates more Americans now identify themselves as Democrats than Republicans —a shift that may give Democrats a long term edge...."
Well not so fast! Current polls are showing that 40-43% of the American electorate identify as independent, regardless of party registration, meaning that they choose the candidate they vote for based on issues over party label. The numbers are sometimes surprising: 32% Dem, 31% Repub, 37% independent for local registration...
Lest we forget, it was independent voters who put the issue of the war in Iraq on the national agenda (and I would say that was because of independents' willingness to approach the problem with "fresh eyes" -- not reactive to a long-term partisan strategy to keep the politicians employed...) and it was independents who "swung" Dem to create the change-over in the 2006 elections. This is also indicative of a move to the left by independents.
Existentialist Cowboy continues:
"In the US various methods of "approval voting" are termed an "instant runoff". The term "ranked choice" is also used to denote a Borda count specifically. In the UK, the term AV, or "Alternative Vote" is used. In Canada, the term is "preferential ballot". The time has come for a fundamental change. The question is: will the American people seize perhaps the last opportunity they will have as a nation to bring about a "rebirth of freedom".
We couldn't agree more!!! Thanks for this post, Existentialist Cowboy! We're looking for more on independent voters and the challenges faced by voters who can't abide the partisan divide....
- Union membership down to 12% (independent voters are 43%)--instead of walking picket lines, they're walking precincts for the Dems (Chicago Sun Times)
- Time Magazine poll: Edwards On Track in Iowa (Time)
- Repubs in a mess (The Trail/Washington Post)
- Retronomics: Clinton, Clinton and more Clintonism (Bloomberg News)
- Will the real Paul Wellstone please stand up (Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
- Bloomberg: Influencing the debate (Washington Post)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
- Kucinich: "One of the greatest hoaxes of this campaign -- everyone's for universal healthcare" (Boston Globe)
- Brookings Institution's "Poverty and Income in 2006" released today, Bloomberg's praise for institute "above partisan politics" (The Nation )
- Fidel Castro: Obama, Clinton are playing cards on Sunday afternoon (The Caucus )
- California redistricting--trying the independent commission way again (Mercury News)
- Congress: what happens after they get elected? Nothing... (Rutland Herald )
- Meet the Citizen Leaders Who Are Changing America-independent "warthogs" (by Newt Gingrich, Human Events)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Every Sunday CUIP’s political director Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from their dialogue on Sunday, August 26, 2007 after watching "The Chris Matthews Show” and "Meet the Press.” To read it in its entirety, go to: www.independentvoting.org.
Monday, August 27, 2007
- See Free Citizan for A Brief History of Nonpartisan Elections by Steve Rankin, and also, U.S. District Court Rules Mississippi Democratic Party May Close its Primary to Members at Y'all Politics
- In Ravenna, Ohio, a charter proposal to hold nonpartisan elections was approved by the City Council 6-1 and now will go to ballot.
- In Ashville, N.C., which has held nonpartisan elections since 1994, but in June, by a 4-3 vote, council switched to partisan elections. A group of citizens Let Asheville Vote, collected 5,000 signatures from registered voters in Asheville to get the question on the ballot.
- In South Kingstown, R.I., which has nonpartisan elections, a top proposal from the public is doing away with the master lever option, which allows voters to cast a straight party vote. Only 20% of the voters in the 2006 general election cast a straight-party vote.
- Shifting primaries: voter burnout makes for interest in 3rd parties (Tennessee Daily News Journal)
- The Drudge started it: Remember the psycho-drama in the White House in the '90s?(Concord Monitor)
- DNC to Florida Dems: No you don't! No primary shift, no delegates... (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Independent Texans targets pols associated with toll road (Austin American Statesman) including Gov Perry (Waxahachie Daily Light ) Linda Curtis cites state toll road, veto of college funds as reasons for seeking ouster (Houston Chronicle)
- Florida: More independent voters and more partisan registrants are ignoring the bosses (The Ledger)
Sunday, August 26, 2007
- DNC puts Florida party in receivership (NY Daily News)
- New York for President (Buffalo News)
- Deciding between a headache and upset stomach (South of Boston Enterprise)
- Partisan gridlock and Bloomberg and Hagel (By David S. Broder-Washington Post)
- The Anti-Hillary Campaign (Chicago Tribune)
- Favorite son of the South-Edwards or Obama? (GoUpState.com)
- Obama And The Black Vote (Marc Ambinder, The Atlantic)
The schedule for the IAM's Conversation with the Candidates is as follows:
Mon. Aug. 27, 3:30 pm--New York Sen. Hillary Clinton
Mon. Aug. 27, 7:30 pm--California Rep. Duncan Hunter and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
Tue. Aug. 28, 7:30 pm--Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich
The candidate conversations will be moderated by Erin Moriarty of CBS News.The event will be streamed, live, from the www.GOIAM.org web site. Streaming provided by ustream.tv.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
- Can Obama pass? (American Taino)
- Romney and Thompson: 2nd Amendment Rights/Big Bully in New York City? (A New America)
- An Independent's Dilemma (An Ordinary Person and Politics in America)
- Will the Vietnam War in America ever end? (see Tobin Harshaw at Behind the Times Subscription Wall)
- What not to say... (Michael van der Galien on Central Sanity)
- Withdrawal symptoms (Pete Abel on Central Sanity)
- The Question (A Registered Independent)
And while you're at it, don't miss the original Hankster/Belmont collaboration: Independent Voter Blues....
The Republican Party was founded in the summer of 1854, and it had the largest number of members in the US House that met in 1855, so it was a third party for only a few months. (Of course, with the draconian ballot access laws, that would be impossible for a new party to pull off today.)
Abe was elected in 1860 with 39.9% of the popular vote, thanks largely to the North-South split in the Democratic Party.
Illinois Sen. Stephen Douglas, the nominee of the northern Democrats, actually finished fourth in electoral votes in 1860. Vice President John Breckinridge of Kentucky, the southern Democratic presidential nominee, was second in electoral votes, and Tennessee's John Bell of the Constitutional Union Party was third.
Steve Rankin's blog is Free Citizen (on The Hankster sidebar).
Louisiana is the only state that has nonpartisan elections for all of its state officials: all candidates run in the same election. The state, which alone has also used that system for its congressional elections, is restoring party primaries for those elections, starting in 2008.
Louisiana's Republicans are allowing only Republicans to vote in GOP congressional primaries. Louisiana Democrats have not yet said whether they will invite independents to vote in Democratic congressional primaries. "... the Legislature allowed the political parties to determine whether they would allow independent voters to participate in the closed party primary." The legislature had no choice, since, in 1986, the U. S. Supreme Court gave parties the right to invite independents to vote in their primaries.
Mississippi Republicans say that they will keep ALL GOP primaries open to ALL voters-- regardless of the outcome of the Democrats' lawsuit. The Democrats, in contrast, have indicated that they will invite independents but block Republicans from voting in Democratic primaries.
Louisiana has had party registration since 1916.
- Most voters-especially indies-suspicious of ballots' accuracy (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Montana GOP considers smaller more exclusive caucus (The Daily Inter Lake)
- Top CEOs surveyed on presidential preference (Inc. magazine) and (SYS-CON Media)
- John Edwards on Clintonism (The Swamp-Chicago Tribune)
- Kinky, we hardly knew y'all! (Daily Texan)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
- Voters still dislike picking a party (HeraldNet - Everett WA)
- MySpace, MTV to Host Dialogue For Presidential Candidates, Voters (Wall Street Journal)
- The Many Denials Of Mayor Bloomberg (The Trail-Washington Post)
- Obama in New York City (Chicago Tribune ) (Daily News) (NY Post) Does Hillary own New York?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
- Don't discount 3rd party run in '08 (Inside Bay Area)
- The Long Shots Make It Interesting (RealClearPolitics)
- Congressional Approval at 18 Percent (MyFox Washington DC)
- Obama Goes Grass-Roots in New Hampshire (Campaigns & Elections magazine)
- Obama's making a play in Florida (Incertus )
- Obama Says He Can Flip Deep South States. But Can He Really? (TPM Cafe )
- Fulani Wing of NY Independence Party Defeats State Officers in Court (Ballot Access News)
- NYC Independents Win Right to Authorize Candidates to Reside with County Organizations (Redding News Review)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
In June, the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island county organizations of the Independence Party filed suit against MacKay and the party's State Committee. The plaintiffs asserted that local control over city nominations is guaranteed by state law and that party rules could not circumvent that. Brooklyn State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Levine agreed declaring the rule "invalid" asserting that "Although political parties are afforded wide latitude in adopting rules for party governance, such rules cannot conflict with statutory directives."
Attorneys for the plaintiffs were Harry Kresky, counsel to the NYC Independence Party and Michael Hardy, counsel to the National Action Network and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Attorney Harry Kresky stated, "In a series of rulings over the last year the courts have clearly stated that the Independence Party is not above the law. This is an important message, not just to the state party's Executive Committee, but more generally. The doctrine of party rights cannot be used to abuse or undercut democratic protections built into state law. For this reason the decision has ramifications beyond New York. It's important because it defines limits to party power at a time when more and more Americans dislike and distrust political parties."
Andrew Kohut and Carroll Doherty wrote this week in a special to The Washington Post: "Leading this nationwide left turn are independents, who've always been the pivotal voting bloc."
Fred Newman commented this week, "Well, in a two party system, in a two party situation, you can't separate out what moves this country to the right from the failure to move to the left." He says the "new left" has been centrist and even "wishy washy", setting the stage for Clintonism and opening the door to Karl Rove's "compassionate conservative" Bush presidency...
Independents "turned left "(most pundits talk/explain things in terms of ideology, but whether left/center/right ideology has any bearing on what the American people think and do is questionable...) on the issue of the war in Iraq. It was independents who moved against the war leading up to the 2006 midterm elections that put the Dems in control of Congress. Now grassroots Dems are taking credit for that shift... And while the certain difference between grassroots Dems and party elites is the subject of another post, grassroots Dems are Dems nonetheless, and one of the parties will always try to co-opt the issues raised by independents and try to turn those issues into votes.
Significant public figures from Michael Bloomberg to Cindy Sheehan to many local candidates, as well as just regular people are increasingly leaving the parties to become independent.
Is America becoming independent? We don't know. I hope so.
Every Sunday CUIP’s political director Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from their dialogue on Sunday, August 19, 2007 after watching "The Chris Matthews Show”, "Meet the Press” and "The McLaughlin Group.” To read it in its entirety, go to: www.independentvoting.org
Salit: Success can create illusions.
Newman: You don’t have the control that you might like to have, or might imagine that you have, or thought you would have, because you were the person who did some particular thing. But, that’s not how the world works. People create certain things and then certain things happen off of that....
- Women for President (Seattle Times)
- Sam Nunn Mulls Presidential Bid on Unity08 Ticket (Outside the Beltway and Washington Post The Trail)
- Citizen Bloomberg--influencing the dialogue (Huffington Post)
- Obama will increase black voter turnout (San Francisco Chronicle)
- JFK replay: 'Naive' Obama right on foreign policy (Theodore Sorensen - Des Moines Register)
- Louisiana Republican Party Closes Congressional Primaries (Ballot Access News and KATC)
Monday, August 20, 2007
- Independent Texans: Top 10 Reasons to impeach Gov Perry (Waxahachie Daily Light)
- Sam Nunn talking with Unity 08 (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- California healthcare reform or return to business as usual (By David Lesher-LA Times)
- A black candidate could win (Fosters Daily Democrat-NH)
- Clarence Page: Is Obama black enough or too black? (Daily Journal)
Sunday, August 19, 2007
- A non-partisan PAC in Tennessee (Knoxville News Sentinel)
- Partisan politics in a "decline to state" state (Stockton Record)
- Is Bill Clinton blacker than Barack Obama? (Santa Clarita Signal)
- Louisian Repubs close primaries(Louisiana Advocate)
- Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform (KTEN) and (The Oklahoman)
- Idaho Repubs sue for the "right to associate", exclude independents (Twin Falls Times-News)
- Honest independent redistricting for California (LA Times)
- Tenn. state Sen. Mike Williams independent, Senate now split (Tri-Cities Times News)
Friday, August 17, 2007
Welcome, Free Citizen!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
News for you, Justin: Independents have an agenda, which corresponds to a non-partisan, let's say anti-partisan view of politics. Fickle? I think not. Independents CHOOSE to be second class citizens. We don't have the rights that partisans have, but we think partisanship is dangerous to the future of the country. Let's be real clear!
I'm PROUD to be "alienated" in a world of partisan deal-making clubhouse political policy that doesn't represent the American people! To be in sinq with the Parties will only drag us backward. We need to move beyond partisanship and the deadly destructive global politics we are now engaged in.
Justin, have you talked to an independent lately????
- Indies like Obama (NY Daily News)
- New Hampshire indies may vote Dem, but not because they like them (Associated Content)
- Likewise for indies nationally (The Christian Science Monitor in USA Today)
- 74 percent of independent voters give Bush poor marks on Iraq, while just 19 percent approve. (News 10-CA)
- Warren Buffett Co-Hosts Obama Fundraiser (Washington Post)
- Ohio Independent Tim Quinn Running for Mayor (TMC News.net )
- Ohio Board of Elections finds Davoli to be independent (Tiffin OH Advertiser Tribune)
- Odd coalitions make Toms River NJ mayoral race worth watching (Politics NJ)
- North Carolina: Go ahead, say the "I" word (Independent Weekly)
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
- Amid record-low ratings, Congress goes home for the summer break trying to distance themselves from their beltway partisanship (CQ Politics)
- Do the neo-cons need Karl Rove when they can count on the Democrats? (The Free Press)
- Obama in New Hampshire: "If I go in there alone, I am not going to bring about change, even if I am elected. If we don’t change the dynamics of Congress, then I’ll just be a figurehead, and the same government will function and the same gridlock will reign.’’ (Nashua Telegraph)
- Camden NJ City Council vote s a return to partisan elections (Courier Post)
- South Dakota voters are independent (Argus Leader)
- Florida independents should ignore this advice... (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Markos' real message is something like: "The Netroots will support the Democratic ticket no matter what, and we don't want to put pressure on anyone in the meantime because we really don't care who the nominee is..." So much for dialogue....
- In South Jersey, more minorities, and independent voters are still the largest voting bloc by far. In Burlington and Monmouth Counties, the number of voters registered as unaffiliated outnumbers Democratic and Republican registrants combined. (Campaigns & Elections magazine)
- In Michigan, changing the timing of the primary, Independent voters probably would have to declare a party preference to participate (Michigan Live)
- 3rd-party candidates are wild cards in zany year (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
- Karl Rove Has Left The Building: Or HAS He? (By Joe Gandelman - The Moderate Voice)
- Will Nunn Run? (Human Events)
- The Bloomberg Scenario (By Charlie Cook, National Journal)
- In Oregon, still at it, for an open primary (The Oregonian)
- In North Carolina ‘Instant runoff’ gets a tryout in Hendersonville (Ashville Citizen Times)
Monday, August 13, 2007
Latino Pundit does!
- Illinois Meek Ballot Access Improvement Bill Passes (Ballot Access News)
- Clinton backlash is feared (Boston Globe )
- Rotating regional primaires (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Iowa Dispatch: All's Fair At The State Fair (RealClearPolitics)
- Swooning for Hillary and Wondering if Obama’s Black Enough (BlackAmericaWeb.com)
- Dan Walters: Villaraigosa stumbles; others rise (By Dan Walters - Sacramento Bee)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
- Hillary at the top of the Dem ticket could hurt local candidates and jeopardize the party's standing with independent voters (Washington Post) and see Gallup Poll for favorable/unfavorable ratings...
- Florida Hispanics turning independent (Miami Herald)
- Survey Brief: Political Independents and Health Care (Kaiser Family Foundation)
- Independence Party of New York Battle Still Raging in Court (Ballot Access News), where Rev. Sharpton's attorney Michael Hardy helped argue the charge of racial discrimination by the IP State Committee's actions against the NYC operation...
- Matt Bai has written a book about current attempts to reform the Dem party
Friday, August 10, 2007
- On the Obama campaign for the White House: Michael Roberts' Dilemma...
- Fred Newman has some advice for Obama in Talk/Talk...
- Republicans have failed the Right (The Economist)
- Stuart Rothenberg has had enough debate -- Gravel, Kucinich, Paul, Tancredo? Let's move on!.....
- And journalist/filmmaker John Pilger has an excellent piece on Clintonism in Dissident Voice: "What Clinton and Blair have most in common is that they are the most violent leaders of their countries in the modern era; that includes Bush. Consider Clinton’s true record...." (more)
Newman: I don't know if he means "pros" or "prose."
Salit: Well, he did write a very long book about Hillary! The voters are trying to get past the political pros to make their own judgment about who the candidates are and where they want the country to go.
Newman: I agree with him.
Salit: Could you say more about that?
Newman: It has to do with the changes in journalism and communications, the blogs, the Internet and all that. Young people are more educated, more sophisticated, less interested in simply following party doctrines. That's the phenomenon that he's pointing to. Does it mean that they'll do the right thing? No. It just means that they'll be able to take more direct credit for the mistake or the success of 2008. It's a more educated American public, politically so..... (from Talk/Talk)
- Lenora Fulani filed papers yesterday to begin an exploratory committee with the intent to seek a citywide office in 2009 (read her statement here on Black Star News) and the MSM is united--Fulani's repudiation of her 1989 remarks about Israel and Palestinians is THE news:
- Middle East Remarks Shadow Fulani's Run Announcement (NY Sun)
- FULANI BACKS OFF HER ANTI-JEWISH REMARKS (NY Post)
- Firebrand Fulani to seek citywide office (AM New York)
- Fulani Repents, Explores 2009 (NY Observer)
- On the national campaign trail:
- John McCain in New Hampshire--"When he talks to voters directly, it's more than Iraq and immigration" (Seacoastonline)
- Absent 3rd Party run, Hillary can't win (Rasmussen Reports)
- Forum Reflects Gays' Clout, Democratic Courtship Stops at Same-Sex Marriage (Wall Street Journal)
- Gay support could cost candidates (Politico)
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Some of the coverage includes a.m. New York, the New York Observer (which ran the entirety of Fulani's remarks), Redding News Review which also ran Fulani's statement here, New York magazine's blog the Daily Intelligencer ran this piece with the playful title "The Mayoral Campaign Just Got More Fun: Welcome, Lenora Fulani"..., and Brooklyn's Voice of the New York Orthodox Jewish Community Vos Iz Neias also picked up the news...
The Hankster has a clip from the opening of Dr. Fulani's remarks at the top of the site, so be sure to click on the video! You can also go to Lenora Fulani's Committee for an Independent New York blogsite...
"Much has been accomplished at the level of bringing politicians and policy makers together under Mayor Bloomberg's stewardship. But lasting solutions come about when regular people come together in thier lives and in their neighborhoods. "Operation Conversation" [Fulani's program in response to the brutal killing of Sean Bell in Queens earlier this year] is one example of the kind of initiative in which the people of this city can more directly take responsibility for public safety. Yes, we have a good police commissioner and his officers have been very responsive to this program. But communication and collaboration among groups that are alienated from one another has to be created "from the bottom up."
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Also noted in the same post was Marc Cooper (also now on The Hankster sidebar) in a piece called "Tail Chasing": "I think it's just peachy if liberal bloggers feel they'e somehow at war with the Right. Okay, if it makes you feel useful and responsible. But careful not to blindly enlist as simple mouthpieces for the other half of the duopoly...." Well put, Marc.
From Registered Independent: It shouldn't matter if it's a liberal solution, a conservative solution, a libertarian solution, or whatever.... Partisanship, on the other hand, is about using the disagreements in a way that results in one portion of the political spectrum dominating over the other's in a never-ending battle, no matter what the issue, no matter what the facts, and no matter what the "other side" has to say. If anything represents tyranny, it's partisanship....
Francis L. Holland says: I have been a liberal Democratic activist for more than three decades. You know that I am a Black man who strongly supported Hillary Clinton candidacy for president at DailyKos, until I was called a "monkey" and banned from participation there, in the same way that South Africans Blacks were "banned" during apartheid for expressing views which the white majority there found objectionable objected....
Sameh Abdelaziz says: I am a free spirited hard working American, and a capitalist to the core. I also happen to believe that affordable health care is a basic right for every citizen....
And Paul takes umbrage at Think and Question: Why is it my Democratic Party insists on killing off promising and strong new leaders in the primaries?...Think & Question will we be better off with the Washington Insiders or the Populist Prophits?
For my money, we need an activist independent movement....
- Obama might be mixing up independents with libertarians in Elko NV (Washington Post)
- The case for Repub soul-searching (Zachary Roth in Washington Monthly)
- Rank and file Dems move left, along with "swing voters"(Steven Thomma in The State)
- House rules, but who rules the House?.... (Beaumont Enterprise)
- Disappearing (partisan) voters in Florida.... (St. Petersburg Times)
- Independent blog Great Minds Think Like Me (now on The Hankster sidebar) thinks the Dems have become Bush enablers....
- The Lizard (a new independent blog now on The Hankster sidebar) comments on Censure Resolutions and the Disingenuous Congress: "This is the worst congress I have ever had to endure. This congress has been unable to accomplish anything significant. The only issue they have is the unpopular war and an unpopular president. The democratic leadership has no ideas, no direction, and a 3% approval rating on their handling of the Iraq war. It is high time this congress realizes they are inadequate. Both political parties have bankrupted American society...."
- The Mahablog (Home blog of the American Resistance) has a piece (This is a good read and I applaud her effort to bring in history, even if I don't agree with the projected outcome of this process!) talking about how the liberal netroot left shall overcome the DLC.... "The DLC came along and had some success with a short-sighted strategy: Ignore the base, because they don’t have anyone else to vote for, and try to pick off “swing voters” by moving to the Right. But now the American people are desperate for someone to lead them away from the failed policies of the Right.... Dear DLC: Step aside, fellas. We’re doing the leading now." I'm going to keep an eye on this, but again, I don't have much hope for the resurection of the Party of Triangulation to be born again (and again and again at election time) as the Party of the People....
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Someone said this at Group News Blog: "This is really interesting convention, the attendees are very diverse in age, not so much in race, but they do cross income boundaries to some degree...." Well, that's good news....
Marc Ambinder at Atlantic wins the award for Most Improved Player with this comment: "Barack Obama has placed on a pox on both houses of Congress and both political parties...." and "After the forum ended, reporters clustered around Clinton's spokesman, Howard Wolfson...." I don't know, I was talking to independents about Clintonism and how triangualtion hasn't particularly been good for regular people...
On a side note, John Harwood was allowed to say (now that the WSJ has been bought by Rupert Murdoch....) that "Some 53% back the idea of building a third party to mount presidential candidacy...."
The Seminal was really excited because he got a question in on the special session and he's having a party.....
Wait a minute! What's become of me??? I've become THEM! Yikes! I'm blogging about bloggers! Help me!... Oh, that's right... I'm going away to the Newport Folk Festival tomorrow. Thanks!
See you here next week!
Here's my 2 cents: YearlyKos will add nothing to a much needed debate on the future direction of our country. The questions will be neatly arranged within a Democratic Party framework while appearing to be coming from the grassroots. That's a lot like Clintonism... There'll be a lot of balooey about taking over the DP by the grassroots, and the MSM will drone on about how the DLC will dominate in the end... Too bad. The time for insurgence in the DP is over. Without a relationship to independent voters -- left, center and right -- YearlyKos will remain safely within the boundaries of the very partisan political culture that is responsible for the bad policy we are living with right now.
Unless grassroots Democrats are willing to talk about the Democrats' complicity in the current political arrangement, they'll be left with griping about how the Dems are not as organized as the Repubs and can't win elections because all the corporate money is behind the Repubs, etc. Lots of Bill O'Reilly stuff... They'll end up blaming the base and supporting the top of the ticket no matter what. They'll say Billary is better than Bush. They'll organize the grassroots to back the lesser of the 2 evils because we can't afford to have another Repub in office.... Blah, blah, blah...
So Shaun is baking cookies and I'm making calls to independents...
- Michael Tomasky writes in the Washington Post that the "I-word is being tossed about pretty freely in some left-leaning circles these days...."
- James Rainey at the LA Times notes that YearlyKos "attendees struggled with how to strike the right balance between their previous renegade stance and still work cooperatively enough with Democratic Party institutions to win elections...."
- Ben Smith at Politico takes also takes a direct approach, identifying YearlyKos as a special interest group: "The bloggers’ clear partisanship and their importance to the eventual Democratic nominee continue to make them a major part of the institutional Democratic Party...."
- Hillary gets her own special session at YearlyKos... where some of the little guys are...
- Idaho Repubs are split on closed primaries...
- “I vote for the person, not the party,” is a common mantra in San Angelo TX...
Friday, August 03, 2007
That might be handy tomorrow (Saturday) for the Presidential Leadership Breakout Session at 12 noon (and btw -- the ever negotiating Hillary will be there before the session to answer questions....). Some Congresspeople will have to be on The Hill for the end of the session..
Chris Cizzilla at the Washington Post notes that Stan Greenberg - whoever he is (there are actually testimonies on his promo that say "Clinton’s pollster, Stan Greenberg, provided the game plan... "Five major changes of government in seven years. And Greenberg was instrumental in each. " hmmm.... but I digress...) - had some advice for the progressive bloggers: Think big. Chris comments: As in, big gains for Democrats in both the House and the Senate in 2008.... Okay.
Also on the Washington Post: Yes, there IS power on the blogosphere - where "The fact is, the Net roots cannot win elections by ourselves," Markos "Kos" Moulitsas Zúniga, founder of Daily Kos and the namesake of the event, said this week. "But we can be a key component to a winning Democratic strategy...." Again, okay..... [And BTW, I agree that bloggers can't pull votes -- as they say, PEOPLE pull votes....]
In YearlyKos Convention Underscores Blogging’s Tricky Political Role Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice thinks that's an indication that the original Kos is "much more the hard-nosed political realist". I beg to differ. If Kos were a player in any game other than the Democratic Party, he'd be soft.
Which leads me to Gun Toting Liberal (now on The Hankster sidebar)- who seems independent enough... He's NOT going to YearlyKos and here's why:
While I may be a bleeding heart, dyed in the wool “Liberal”, I’m proud of the fact I am INDEPENDENTLY SO. Just tacking a “D” behind your name isn’t going to earn my endorsement. While I’m both grateful and proud of the traffic and readership stats we receive here at The GTL™, there’s no doubt in my mind at all if I were to tack that “D” behind our moniker, and completely surrender any form of independent (small “I” on purpose) thought, that daily readership would swell tenfold, and quickly.... Well, you get the idea, so read the rest...
Thursday, August 02, 2007
- American Taino gives a heads up to a candidates forum, Prez on the Rez, for August 23rd at the Morongo reservation in southern California, the first such forum to be held in Indian country. (Richardson is attending, Hillary is not...)
- Another Day in the Empire is disappointed in Obama's recent comments on Pakistan and Afghanistan...
- I found a link on BlackElectorate for Obama's Wilson Center remarks on Iraq and how to fight terrorism...
- Central Sanity is asking Repubs and independent voters to send a message to the Repub leadership.... and Pete's Center of Attention on The Moderate Voice is always a good read....
- On Mirror on America, the Angry Independent thinks NPR's Black Bloggers Roundtable could do better....
- Registered Independent explores "none of the above" voting choices...
And while you're there, read The Case For Blogosphere Funding by Chris Bowers, who delivered his message at YearlyKos this morning...
If in 2008 Black people and Latinos fail to vote in sufficient numbers for the Democratic presidential candidate to win Florida and Ohio, then whites will hypothesize endlessly about the "cultural" reasons for Blacks failure to vote. Whites may not ever consider that they simply exercised their majority power within the Party to nominate a candidate whom Blacks and Latinos really did not like very much. Although Black people always vote reliably and overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party, our turnout and, therefore, the election results often depend upon the degree of Blacks enthusiasm for the candidate chosen by the Party. If the Party chooses a candidate whom we do not like, Black activists within the Party find it all the more difficult to mobilize Black voters. So, when you hear Black voters say that a proposed candidate is "just another white [man]", this ought, logically, to give you pause.....
Mr. Holland seems to be screaming for more black inclusion in the Whitosphere, and more black links to sites like Daily Kos and My DD etc. This is where my man and I tend to part company. I personally could give a f**k whether My DD or Daily Kos, or any of the other so called white progressive blogs link me or even include me in their discussion. Honestly, their issues aren't my issues. I know they have very strong political beliefs and are tied to the democratic party and it's leaders, but not me, and this is going to surprise some people. But I would just as soon vote for a republican over a democrat if I thought he had my people's best interest at heart....
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
"Obama has generated a lot of excitement. Maybe he will end up swamping Clinton, or she'll be done in by some unforeseeable issue or gaffe, or her high negatives will convince Democrats that someone else is a safer bet to get elected next year...."In the conservative political environment (see what RuPaul thinks...) of the Democratic Party circa 2007, it will take more than waiting for Hillary to make a mistake! (She's already getting briefings from the State Department....) South Carolina is important... If Obama is to distinguish himself, he has to take on Clintonism--as he started to do with his response in the YouTube/CNN debate to the question about meeting with leaders of countrys on the Clinton-Bush non-grata list... Taking on the Dem complicity in the very bad foreign policiy... And then what happened?
Well, for starters, Obama said he'd like to pull our meager volunteer troops from Iraq and redeploy them to Pakistan and Afganistan.... (uhh, isn't this where I came in?....). The Philadelphia Inquirer runs a screaming headline "Obama Vows to Hunt Down Terrorists" for Nedra Pickler's AP article... Tough Talk (to make up for Obama's "mistake" in the YouTube/CNN debate for advocating diplomacy with "rogue nations" (read: countries that the US government doesn't control....) as described in Obama Gets Tough by Liz Halloran for US News & World Report...
And how are THEY (Obama and Clinton) doing with black voters? There's an interesting dialogue between Francis L. Holland and Gwen about whether black voters will support Obama.
Gwen says: As long as the conversation gets controlled by the establishment and the pundits, Clintononism reigns....
Holland replies: It's up to Obama to convince Black people that he can win or that they should vote for him in order to increase his chances of becoming vice president of the United States....
A good black candidate is an isllusion: Eugene Robinson speaks...
Lenora Fulani wants more debate...Newt Gingrich thinks there'll be a Clinton/Obama ticket (no need to speculate about who's on first in that arrangement....)
Andrew Sullivan writes in The Atlantic: The choice between Clinton and Obama is the choice between a defensive crouch and a confident engagement....
Richard Morse (a Clinton Democrat) on Huffington Post says: Frankly, if the only way the Democrats can win the White House is by having an Iraq disaster then, as a population, we're f**ked....
Well, aren't we "f**ked" anyway? Unless..........??????
Andrew Golis on TPMCafe says there's a bit of Clintonian political defensiveness among Boomers...
And just to check in on New York politics for a minute, check out the Daily News article: However, this "scandal" (Gov. Spitzer got caught red-handed in his pursuit of Total Control) is not Nixonian, but rather Clintonian: inept and ill-advised (but not illegal) behavior has emboldened critics and distracted the public from the merits of a policy agenda that the majority of the electorate supports....
The New York Times, ever the Clinton appologist, puts it all together......
And from Black Agenda on MediaChannel in the The Black masses have not undergone any political sea change; they have simply been abandoned by their representatives, who have been suborned or terrorized by money and concentrated media and lobby power. Corporations have embraced “diversity” as a weapon....
Let's think about this....