Not much of a diary here but I just felt that we should make sure we know what we're criticizing before we stick our necks out too far. So, here's the link. Please let's have an honest discussion about this plan.
How about embracing the fact that most people who spend time on this site are political activists in some way or at least have a strong potential to be.
People who are actively pursuing ways to get voters to the polls for our candidates don't spend their time publicly hammering our candidates. You simply wouldn't knock on a door and tell a potential voter, "Obama might not have what it takes to be president if he acts like he did in the last debate!!" That's Wolf Blitzer's job. And Wolf Blitzer sucks.
Consider that, as a voter, if you get one extra person to the polls for Obama, you doubled your vote in this election. You CAN vote twice! (disclaimer -you can't vote twice.) Don't you know someone out there who is on the fence or just doesn't give much of a damn? Sick of going around in circles with them about the issues? Maybe you can get them to just go to the polls as a favor to you. BAM, you just doubled your vote.
Did you, like me, spend too much time yesterday in meta arguments about What Obama Must Do, as though he's reading teh Kos for instructions instead of listening to his staff and like being the President and stuff? What if you spent time trolling around 'mainstream' sites trying to drop an intelligent word of reason and hope in front of some random person out of the hundreds or thousands who might see your comment? Maybe you'll hit a nerve out there somewhere without even knowing it but BAM, you just doubled your vote.
How about a good letter to the editor? You know who still reads the paper more than most other groups of people? Older folks! Write a letter in a way you think might reach someone, maybe even in some swing state newspapers. I love the feeling when I get my letter printed and I know that some people out there will think about what I said.
And OFA can use your help. If you're in a swing state like me, hit the pavement. Knocking doors is known to be effective. I can't tell you how empowering it felt to have people shake my hand at our caucus in 08 and I knew I'd helped bring them in. Each one of us really can make a difference.
Let's not cling to polls like security blankets when we're up and let's not run around with our hair on fire when we're down. Let's be some badass activists and figure into those statistics instead of reading and arguing about them.
Go fight win.
Reading Jed's front page piece on how Akin's abortion position is the GOP party position, I was struck by a commonly repeated idea.
but they also want to force victims of rape or incest to deliver their attacker's child.I have to say, we're getting suckered by this idea. Because the fact of the matter is, there is no way to ban abortion "Except in the cases of rape or incest." That has always been a canard. I believe that line has always been a cop out by the anti-choicers used to sell their position to people who want to call themselves 'Pro-Life' but don't want to confront what that actually means. It's the moderate anti-choice position and it's why the number of people calling themselves 'Pro-Life' is so high.
Instead of adopting their language and pretending there is such a thing as a moderate anti-choicer, why don't we ask them exactly how it works? They're going to create an America where you can't legally have an abortion because a fetus is a person with equal rights. Depending on how you got pregnant. Philosophically it's a self-contradictory position. But beyond that it simply doesn't work.
Does a woman going to a safe and legal doctor for an abortion need to bring a note from her rapist? Does she just need to say, "I was raped," and then she can get the abortion? Just check the 'ol RAPE box there on the admission forms. Or would she need the law to vouch for her; would she need the rape to be proven with a conviction? Good luck getting that done in the first trimester. And if your rapist is gone gone, well buck up sister and HAVE HIS BABY.
It's all so ludicrous to try to picture and yet we don't ask them how it works. What is this law they're trying to make? It seems the 'mainstream Pro-Life' position, the one that isn't loony in the eyes of moderate people is this "Except in the cases of rape or incest." But it's no position at all. It's a way for the misogynists to hide the ball and swell the numbers of people who think they're on that side.
So, instead of letting them soft pedal their desire to subjugate women in America, why don't we start asking them how their great plan works? My belief is that what they are pushing is an America where a man can actually have physical control over whether a woman has a baby. A man could reproduce by raping a woman or a girl and the law would force her to carry and deliver his baby into the world. That's the Republican platform. Unless they can explain how this 'exception' actually works in a world that isn't a cartoon.
Yes, Mr. President, I understand it's a pain in the neck. I understand that while trying to clean up the messes caused by the Bushies, you don't want to waste time, energy and political capital on prosecuting them for their crimes. But I really don't think we have a choice.
Hillary's supposed resurgence as of late is bringing back a lot of conversations about which Democrat has a better shot in November. Everyone is crunching numbers or pointing to what happened in Ohio 2000 or Florida 2004. The silly polls that show imaginary matchups get thrown around, as though they really predict anything.
It's all distraction from what is staring us in the face. The fact of the matter is that Barack Obama will mop the floor with dear old John McCain and he'll do it while trying to help the guy maintain his dignity. I believe that he has tried to do that for Hillary. She didn't want to go down that way. John McCain might not either. Just like with Hillary, Obama is going to win either way.
The Rumble in the Jungle was the epic battle for the heavyweight boxing championship beteween George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali. They met in the nation of Zaire in October of 1974.
The story of that fight keeps coming to mind as I think about the race for the nomination. It's a sports analogy, sure. But the 'sweet science' of boxing is both beautiful and hideously ugly, a paradox we political junkies can all relate to.
This may put to rest the fears of a few who are watching the Iowa Demcoratic Caucus with bated breath. I feel now I can go to my grave in peace because I have served my country by helping to avert catastrophe.
If you're supporting Barack Obama in this campaign that means you want him to be a leader. So, Obama supporters, think more about following his lead.
This is about the war plans. The End the War Plans.
Supporters of different Democratic candidates sometimes get into arguments over the details of these plans. But we might as well be flicking pepples around because it's a pretty meaningless conversation. The plans of all three candidates seem to shoot for the same end result. That's about where the conversation about the plans should end. Then we've got to talk about our candidates.
We do learn a lot from polls, even facts about which candidate might be the most electable. But the polls that directly attempt to show imaginary matchups for the 2008 elections should all be disregarded no matter who they claim to favor.
Of course experience is necessary when it comes to picking our nominee. But considering how often she brings it up, you'd think there was a glaring difference in the sheer amount of experience between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. If we look simply at their time in office however we see that she doesn't enjoy any great advantage in this regard at all. She has one more term in the Senate than he does but he's spent more time as a legislator over all.
John Edwards has a very professional campaign here in Iowa. He has offices all over the state. His supporters have experience and are well represented in our newspaper letters sections every week. They do all the right things, including showing up in the various blogs with the proper message about how John somehow 'won' the night at our JJ dinner last night in Des Moines. Nicely done. But to anyone who was actually there, Senator Edwards' speech was a well presented sideshow. Good Democratic message from a professional campaigner whose support leveled off a long time ago.
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