Who's your choice for Mayor in 2015?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

It's time to get serious, VERY serious.

First, my open apologies to David Holt and Joe Young, to whom I owe work this week.

Second, I want to concur with the comment Autoegocrat in his now legendary post on Harold Ford, Jr.:

I have no respect for Harold Ford Jr. anymore, but I have nothing but respect for people like Chris Jackson and David Bander. I am not on the same team with Ford, but I am on the same team with them. That doesn't mean I'll go silent on Ford's outrages, but it does mean that I am going to be mindful of the fact that I no longer have a dog in this race, and they do.

They attempted to reach out after the Kurita withdrawal, and it is obvious that they care about the Democrat base more than the man whom they support does. I appreciate that more than you know.

Progressive Democrats, it is time to put up or shut up. The DLCers trying to push HFJr off on us with the thought that we'll roll over to prevent the Republicans from keeping the seat need to be sent a message.

We start that message in the primary. Jim Maynard has, again, offered himself as a write-in. That's good, but we need to do more than that. We need those write-in votes to COUNT. Jim, you need to file the necessary paperwork (and I don't know what it is) with either Shelby County or the State of Tennessee to ensure that these votes will count.

Then, we need a SIZABLE write-in vote in the primary.

Come on, it's not that difficult, especially if you early-vote in the August primary. All you have to do is push the write-in button when you come to that race and type in JIM MAYNARD. you can do it.

And then, when Harold Ford Junior only gets 65% of the primary vote, and then realizes that NONE of that 35% will vote for him in November (we have to back this up), we will send this sobering message to the DSCC: You may think you can't win with this base, but you sure as hell can't win WITHOUT us, so you damn well better pay attention.

WE WILL NOT BE IGNORED.

10 comments:

polar donkey said...

I was going to write in Mickey Mouse or Santa Clause, but I'd be happy to write-in Jim's name.

The only good politician is a scared politician. I feel like scaring the shit Jr and anyone else in the future who wants to run for state wide office. There are ways to run as a conservative democrat and there are ways not too. Jr isn't doing it right and we all know he wasn't even a conservative democrat until 2000 when he decided to change in order to run for the Senate. He's not a conservative democrat, just a panderer. 1 of the 4 most disloyal pandering democrats in the house.

polar donkey said...

I was going to write in Mickey Mouse or Santa Clause, but I'd be happy to write-in Jim's name.

The only good politician is a scared politician. I feel like scaring the shit Jr and anyone else in the future who wants to run for state wide office. There are ways to run as a conservative democrat and there are ways not too. Jr isn't doing it right and we all know he wasn't even a conservative democrat until 2000 when he decided to change in order to run for the Senate. He's not a conservative democrat, just a panderer. 1 of the 4 most disloyal pandering democrats in the house.

Evil said...

I thought you guys might like to read this article. Right there at the end.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/16/AR2006041600648.html

polar donkey said...

To bad Ford can't run against many Bush policies since he rolled over and supported them. I'm glad that person in Collierville sees Ford as such a gentleman. I hope she doesn't get sick, divorced, or lose her job. That increases her chances of being screwed by Ford's vote for the bankruptcy bill. Everyone knows 90% of people that declare bankruptcy fall into one or more of those categories. But Ford apparently was unaware or didn't give two shits about them.

LeftWingCracker said...

The problem is, of course, that due to our screwed-up healthcare system, even if you have a job AND insurance, if you develop a chronic illness, you can still incur medical debts that can bankrupt you.

Now, of course, thanks to Ford's vote, you can't even file for bankruptcy.

Oh well, here's a positive for Ford, at least he hasn't sponsored legislation to bring back debtor's prisons!

YET.

polar donkey said...

Here's a link to MYDD which relates to Harold Ford Jr and his relationship to the activists in the party.

http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/4/17/14479/4074#commenttop

"But Democrats, unlike Republicans, have yet to develop a healthy relationship between activists willing to test and expand the conventional limits on political debate and the politicians who have to calculate what works in creating an electoral majority.

For two decades, Republicans have used their idealists, their ideologues and their loudmouths to push the boundaries of discussion to the right. In the best of all worlds, Feingold's strong stand would redefine what's "moderate" and make clear that those challenging the legality of the wiretapping are neither extreme nor soft on terrorism. That would demand coordination, trust and, yes, calculation involving both the vote-counting politicians and the guardians of principle among the activists. Republicans have mastered this art. Democrats haven't.

Turning a minority into a majority requires both passion and discipline. Bringing the two together requires effective leadership. Does anybody out there know how to play this game?"

Defining political culture is not done through a long term strategy of triangulation. Triangulation is only a short term tactic.(You really need a crazy motherf'er like Perot to help triangulate.) Changing political culture should be seen more as a tug of war. A party must organize it's various groups to take part in a long term tug of war strategy. The flag hanging between the two teams is where the middle is. Your team has to pull the rope (political spectrum) your direction. That therefore moves the political spectrum to the left or right. If your overall strategy is to have half your team move towards the other team's direction, then the middle shifts towards the other team as well. The republicans get this, so what the hell is our problem?

For too long many leaders in the party stop pulling or in some cases candidates, like Ford, actually start throwing marbles under our feet. I and buddy of mine talk about this all the time. He likes to say the Democratic party believes in magic. It doesn't want to do all that hard work pulling and somehow thinks the other team will just fall down on their own. Even worse, many in the Party think (and hope) some Hercules character will just drop from the sky and the pull the rope by himself, saving us all.

Democrats like to say we live in a facts based world, but we don't. We still believe that magic will win elections. At this point, I'd be happy if assholes would stop dropping marbles.

Sean Braisted said...

I don't know too much about him, but John Jay Hooker seems to be a much more liberal candidate than HFJ. If you want to make a protest vote, do it for him in the Democratic Primary.

PeskyFly said...

Well, John J is--- a little eccentric. He's like the Mongo of legit pols.

Thats not fair, but it's not entirely unfair either.

PeskyFly said...

And by the way. It should be pointed out that Kurita, who many of the folks around these quarters supported, is a conservative Democrat. She was also a Democrat.

LeftWingCracker said...

Exactly; Angela Davis she was NOT.

A Democrat of the first order, she IS. No, she was not as liberal as I would have liked, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT.

I also understand that she NEVER tried to undermine DEMOCRATIC VALUES by sucking up to Fox News or Bush, and never ONCE did she suggest, or even IMPLY that the GOP was right on certain issues, as Ford has done.

As Memphis Blue has suggested, all Ford hasn't done yet is THE QUISLING SHOW WITH HAROLD AND ZELL on Fox News.

YET.

And that's what we're talking about...