I just want to highlight that WA's bizarre, gerrymandered new First CD has been called for Suzan DelBene. This was the district that Netroots darling Darcy Burner ran in. Most of us were convinced that Darcy couldn't win this swing, pure purple district, but for a while it seemed that Suzan couldn't either. The district was heavy with Koster signs, and he led in most polls.
Kudos to Suzan. I couldn't help, except with money and a few one-on-one conversations, as my wife and I are on the east coast celebrating our volunteering for Elizabeth Warren! But another Dem in the House working with Nancy Pelosi; I'll take it.
Although it's been 15 years since we left Massachusetts, and although we are recently naturalized, my wife and I were so offended that a Republican has Teddy's seat that we (she in particular) long ago determined to cross the country on our own dime and work for Elizabeth. So we filled out and mailed our ballots, sent a final chunk of money to Jay Inslee and Suzan DelBene (to be honest, the DelBene campaign has been weak, and apparently not interested in reaching out for volunteers until literally last week), and set off to camp with our son in central Connecticut. She's been here two weeks, commuting to Worcester, MA, and I arrived Friday.
This is, literally, a diary. No links to press articles, no quotes from candidates. Just good, honest ground game work and a few observations. Fight your way past the orange barricade if you're interested.
Today's New York Times doesn't literally go there. And the conclusion is statistical, not based on hard cases. But it is hard to avoid connecting the dots:
The ongoing move from in-person to mail-in voting tilts the balance in favor of fraud by Republicans. Extracts below the thingy.
Forget Canada, wingnuts. Go to Britain. You'll fit right in!
So what are you waiting for? Just remember to pretend you're Canadian (they don't know the difference).
The state took 10 minutes or so to add King County (Seattle and burbs) to its total. Now they have, and we lead 436,801 to 401,700. Most of the rurals are in already; some more semi-suburbans still to come. Looking VERY good.
I-1033 (TABOR) has been crushed. Dow Constantine (D) looks like the new King County exec.
At least some good news from the left coast.
I just came back from a healthcare town hall held by Jay Inslee, WA-01. I'm in the adjacent 8th, but for some reason Dave Reichert (R in an almost 50-50 district) doesn't want to talk about his plans for healthcare reform. Fancy that.
The meeting was clearly majority pro, but the antis were a large minority. Two major take-aways:
- Our side is winning, organization-wise.
- The opposition is now focused on the deficit.
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Before the "deathers’" lies meet their own timely end, let’s look at who invented them.
The mandatory government death panels were invented by free-marketers and promoted by true-believer conservatives. Their reasoning is that pure economic, utilitarian considerations would determine whether Grandma lives.
It is a classic case of projection or, in political terms, attacking your opponent with your own weakness. Conservatives have invented a mechanism that aligns with their amoral, market-driven thinking. That is why it gained such currency on the right: it made sense to them. That is why it was so hard for the left to challenge: it was simply so nonsensical.
Also note that, in everyone's favorite red herring, the British NHS, prescription medications are free for those economically worthless seniors and children. So much for that argument against socialized medicine.
When their argument makes no sense, look for a a projection of their own mindset.
UPDATE: links added as requested
I just created a nonce email address and Facebook account and added a few innocent suggestions to my local Tea Party's Facebook wall. Suggested slogans like:
"America, Love it or Leave It"
"Opposing the President in a time of war is treason"
"Get over it"
And posting the Electoral Vote totals with a reminder that the Constitution cares about the EC.
I expect to be banned immediately, but it's been fun. Not as much fun as seeing Rachel wet herself though. And it only took a few minutes. I recommend it as a piece of harmless fun for a wet Friday night.
I think I'll close the email account before it gets filled with literally two pieces of hatemail (one of the local events has exactly one attendee).
Any other ideas for mischief? Or did I give the sanity-based community a bad name?
UPDATE: I forgot that one of my email addresses is part of my public info. Someone "reported" me to a long list of email addresses, including Coulter, Hannity, Malkin, O'Reilly, and Beck, and then sent me a message about increased gun sales. So, yes, I've been threatened.
I have a Modest Proposal that should make everyone happy:
Any State that has two Republican senators shall get their tax cuts. And no stimulus spending. In fact, we can stop sending them net federal money completely.
They voted their leaders. Let them have the courage of their convictions. If tax cuts are what it takes to bring economic nirvana, give it to them. Their states' citizens, awash in unprecedented prosperity, will surely reward their wisdom.
While we have all enjoyed the sport of tearing into Sarah Palin for making fun of what appeared to be research that benefits her pet issue, it turns out that the earmark in question was about the Olive Fruit Fly, Bactrocera oleae, not Drosophila sp. It was not about their use as a genetic laboratory, but about the fact that they are flies that, um, eat fruit.
This was particularly stupid of Richard Wolffe, because that detail about "Paris, France" should have set off loud alarm bells before he went on with such intensity. He should have at least realized something very specific was being cited, and looked into what it was.
More thoughts below...
In the latest attempt to rescue Sarah from herself, John McCain told Katie Couric in his most condescending tone:
Governor Palin and I agree you don't announce that you're going to attack another country.
Well, I suppose, unless that country is Iraq. Or Afghanistan. Or Iraq-occupied Kuwait. Or Iran.
Does he even care how much sense he is making?
When Charlie asked Sarah about meeting foreign heads of state, she claimed that many Vice Presidents "may" (the weasel word here, by the way) have had the same answer.
The point is not to prove her wrong by listing those who did. The point is to list those who didn't.
The conclusion is obvious...