Why is the I-Conn giving the Dem radio address?

March 3, 2007

TeddySanFran’s blog entry at Give ‘Em Hell, Harry:

Lieberman to Give Democrats’ Radio Response: WHY??

Good question. If you’re signed up at that blog, you can add your $.02 here.


Cat herding

February 25, 2007

Booman posts “What are we trying to do?”

As I see it, Daily Kos and Jerome Armstrong have not articulated a goal that has any synergy with my goals. We still have a huge amount of common interests. But I am primarily interested in shifting the debate to the left, while they seem to be interested in boxing in the netroots into traditionally acceptable parameters of debate.

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Okay, I’m officially “not amused”

February 23, 2007

After checking out this video (opens in Real Player) that floridagal pointed out, I’m not in a “popcorn” mood any more. She writes

Please watch the C-Span video from 2005 where the head of the 527, David Jones is talking about taking out Howard Dean. He kept saying their goal was to take Dean out.

Jones appears at 2:57 minutes in and again at 3:20. It is truly alarming.

If you can’t view the video, check out How Beltway Democrats Sank Howard Dean, which includes much of the same information.

Click here for the “Contact Us” page on Barack Obama’s web site, if you’d like to politely point out to Senator Obama that hiring someone like Robert Gibbs, who worked as a spokesperson for a 527 organization whose sole purpose was “taking out” Howard Dean from the flies in the face of his claims that he wants to “change the tone” in politics.

Update: More on this group in madfloridian’s journal at Democratic Underground and this article at Center for Public Integrity: Political Mugging in America Anatomy of an “independent” smear campaign.

Why I’m glad I haven’t picked a candidate yet

February 22, 2007

Via skippy, I found this piece at Time Magazine’s blog Swampland…

But yesterday’s praise (some of it in comments here) for the Obama campaign’s rapid response is souring as word spreads around the net that the architect of that rapid response, Robert Gibbs, comes with some baggage. He was the spokesman for “Americans for Jobs, Health Care and Progressive Values,” the group behind an anti-Dean ad you might remember:

Click for more. Oh. That ad. Yes, as someone who first became involved in politics because of the Dean campaign, I certainly remember the way the other Democrats ganged up on him. That ad was the sort of thing we expected from the Karl Rove–not from fellow Democrats.

I’d probably be really unhappy about this if I was really excited about Obama as a candidate. I don’t dislike him the way I dislike Hillary, but I’m not exactly sold on him either.

Maybe I’ll just make some popcorn, kick back, and watch with detached amusement while all of the candidates who are not Al Gore tear each other to pieces.

And root beer. Think I’ll go get me a root beer too.