Skip to main content

View Diary: Daily Kos Elections SC-01 special election liveblog thread #3: Mark Sanford wins (235 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I congratulate Elizabeth Colbert Busch (40+ / 0-)

    And I mean this seriously; she went into a bright red Republican district and she made a race of it.  

    We may lose a lot more of these then we win, but this is the important lesson going forward: you contest every district, win or lose, because you get a chance to get the message out there.   She did that.

    She may not have prevailed, but she gave a lot of democrats in her district - and nationwide - a chance to get involved in a district democrats would have written off otherwise.

    I'm all for not writing off any district.   I hope this same fervor and desire to make a change can lead to a lot of democrats running in races from House of Representatives to state-house level races, in districts that were previously given up.

    Because the fight for those districts every time gives us a chance to put some pressure on defending a message.. and that's what we are all here for.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:46:21 PM PDT

    •  To quote Lillian Wald (9+ / 0-)
      However, every sincere reform campaign is valuable because of its immediate and far-reaching educational effect, even when the candidates fail of election....Every party now inserts human welfare planks and pledges devotion to measures that in the days of our initiation were regarded as dreams and ridiculed as beyond the realm of practicality.
      The House on Henry Street 1915.

      Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

      by NCJan on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:52:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  And she mopped the floor with him in the debate. (10+ / 0-)

      I agree.  You contest every district.  

      And ...and you use their language to shame them for sticking to their old habits.  We talk about putting party before country, but what about putting party before god?  I want to hear from these self-proclaimed Christians who went out and voted for an unapologetic adulterer.  If anything, this should have been a base election.  Republicans should have chosen another candidate and when Sanford was still on the ticket sat it out in protest for god and marriage and whatever else belief they hold dear and he clearly doesn't represent.

      A Sanford win sends a clear message that you can do anything without any political fallout as long as you say "God told me to do it."

      •  Agreed, with this caveat (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        gabjoh, erush1345

        I think a Sanford win means, more than anything else, that these people were not going to send a vote for Obama to Washington--no matter whom they had to elect in its stead.

        Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

        by NCJan on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:55:34 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  She lost by 10 points to a scumbag (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      pengiep, erush1345

      I wouldn't call that a race.

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:19:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Anytime a seat is contested (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        mconvente

        It's a race.   You're talking to someone who lives in a state where house members ran unopposed.  That's not a race.

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:23:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Apologies (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          tmservo433

          You are correct on the status of unopposed elections.  

          But I can't shake the view that this whole contest was a waste of time from the Democratic point of view, and that became quite clear to me several weeks ago when Colbert-Busch trashed Obama's budget because it was too liberal.  More tax cuts, less spending, oh but don't touch Social Security.  

          I'm just disgusted with that kind of hackery.  It's dishonest, it's foolish, it's shortsighted, and it has no place alongside Democratic Party values.  Indeed, there are already too many "Democrats" who share Elizabeth Colbert Busch's "values", and that's really at the heart of the Democrats' problems.  

          Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

          by Big River Bandido on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:29:51 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site