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  •  Filson's calls DFA groups 'extreme' (2+ / 0-)
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    Here's a quote by Filson that attacks the grassroots. The transcript comes from a DFA Tracy member who has video:

    "We need members of congress... who do not get endorsements from places in Marin County and Sonoma, from extreme and progressive sections of the party."

    The only organizations in Marin and Sonoma that have endosed Jerry (or anyone in the campaign) are DFA groups. Of course, these organizations are "progressive" -- apparently anathema to Steve Filson.

    Using "progressive" as a slur is one thing -- perhaps expected from a former Republican (Filson was a Republican into his mid-40's).

    But DFA groups "extreme"? Are you speechless?

    Good. Vote for Jerry -- not the Lieberman-like clone that the DCCC is foisting on the district.

    No wonder the California Democratic Party endorsed McNerney.

    •  DFA Marin and Sonoma DFA (1+ / 0-)
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      Check out their web sites:

      http://www.dfamarin.org/

      http://www.northbaydfa.com/

      These groups are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party and two of the most active and effective organizations in the entire DFA network.

      For Filson to call them "extremists" is just so totally disconnected from reality that I shudder to think what he would do in Congress...

    •  Thanks, I was looking for that...n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  As a Sonoma DFA member... (3+ / 0-)
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      We're not the extremists.  There's a whole lot of folks a whole lot further to the left than DFA up here.

      Filson doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. Or care to know.

      Sign me up as a diplomat - my only office is the park.

      by Malacandra on Tue May 02, 2006 at 02:59:43 PM PDT

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    •  Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.. (5+ / 0-)

      DFA Silicon Valley, or the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley has also endorsed McNerney (click on the link in my signature).  I should mention that Santa Clara County, which is covered by DFA Silicon Valley covers the city of Morgan Hill, which falls within the 11th CD.

      Now, about us being extreme.  Yeah, I suppose.  I am extremely in favor of universal healthcare.  I am extremely in favor of ending this quagmire in Iraq that is costing lives both American and Iraqi.  I am extremely in favor of strong public education, of equal rights under law, and I am extremely in favor of clean government.

      I suppose Filson thinks we should be moderately for civil rights, moderately for healthcare, moderately for sanity in forign policy, and above all, Democrats should be moderately like Republicans.

      Let me end with the words of, ironically, a Republican, and have Mr. Filson answer this:

      I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!

      -Barry Goldwater
      Acceptance Speech at the 1964 Republican National Convention as their Presidential Nominee

      •  Deaniac83 speaks for me (2+ / 0-)
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        I am extremely in favor of universal healthcare.  I am extremely in favor of ending this quagmire in Iraq that is costing lives both American and Iraqi.  I am extremely in favor of strong public education, of equal rights under law, and I am extremely in favor of clean government.

        I must be an "extremist" as well...

        Funny thing is, the MAJORITY of Americans -- even in CA-11 -- agree with me.

        •  And I'm extremely annoyed... (3+ / 0-)
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          ... that a Democrat would choose my DFA group for his Sister Souljah Moment.

          A good part of Sonoma County DFA looks like anybody's grandma's sewing circle. And all of us look like we care about our country deeply. And respect the Democratic party and its values.

          I'm sorry... the more I think about this, the more perturbed I get. Which is unusual in that I usually endeavor to be dispassionate at worst, and compassionate at best.  

          Sign me up as a diplomat - my only office is the park.

          by Malacandra on Tue May 02, 2006 at 03:35:03 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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          The thing is, Filson is getting desperate.  He thought the Democrats in his district would cower in front of the mighty Rahm Immanuel, but he is finding out otherwise.  Democrats in the 11th CD are telling the DCCC to get its big nose out of the local business, and let the Democrats in the district decide.  That's a BIG problem for DC Establishment.  You might even say that's an extreme problem for them.  ;-)

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