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  •  Bomb Throwing (none)

    So you're ok with the DLC throwing bombs because you want to throw bombs at them and their corporate clients?

    Just asking for clarification.

    And also, could you clarify your last line? Sounds ironic. So do you find the NDN campaign of which Kos writes to be condescending? If so, please elaborate.

    •  Bombs Away (4.00)
      I look on the DLC as a Republican attempt to take over the Democratic Party.  Whether it throws bombs or not isn't really the problem.  The problem is what the DLC represents, its corporate "centrism."  An organization that stands for the same corporate shit is just as much a part of the problem as the DLC, whether or not it welcomes internet donations and whether or not it welcomes brown people into the party.  The party will die if these corporate fucks keep weighing it down.  

      This aggression will not stand, man

      by kaleidescope on Mon May 24, 2004 at 12:11:25 AM PDT

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      •  Let's Try A Simple Analogy (none)
        True - analogies often suck ...

        The DLC seems to have become warped in much the same way as many corporate officers did in the high-flying days of the stock-options boom in the 90s.

        Stock options created a false incentive - personal wealth - to run up stock prices instead of creating real long-term corporate value.  As a result, stock prices boomed, top management got wealthy beyond their wildest dreams, and the people got Enron'd/WorldCom'd.

        So too the DLC.  Their false incentive is serving their own masters - the big $$$ corporate donors - instead of what should be their prime directive (getting candidates elected).  These donors have created wealth and power on K-Street for the officers of the DLC, and I suspect Al From likes his job just fine enough to perceive those who disagree with his clients as a threat.  

        The only way to pull the plug on folks like Al From is to insulate them from influence.  The short-term cost will include foregoing some of the big-biz dollars that the DLC raised.  

        JamesB3 has raised a fine point upthread.  Louisiana is not going to elect a Wellstone progressive, and neither is Oklahoma.  Democrats need to take what they can, but, more importantly, they need to take back Congress.  To do that, it becomes ultimately most important to stand together.

        Funniest thing, though, is that this is over NCLB, a piece of legislation that takes local control away from school boards and mandates a national standard.  Twenty-five years ago, only the leftmost progressives would have backed this kind of legislation, while today, folks who want to repeal this incompetantly meddlesome (and underfunded) initiative are attacked from the right!?  My head hurts ...

        vote early - vote often

        by wystler on Mon May 24, 2004 at 09:36:06 AM PDT

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