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  •  Nah, not seriously (16+ / 0-)

    He raises horses, but he is not a voice actor.

    "Rubber nipples? No, we don't need any of those. But I'll tell ya what, though... Have you got any rubber walrus protectors?"

    "Caaaalll the pol-IIIIIIIIIICE."

    Droogie is a silly chicken little.

    by droogie6655321 on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 07:12:52 AM PST

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    •  I don't know if the 50 state strategy (17+ / 0-)

      is settled. I have a wait and see attitude.  droogie, I hope that you do more than just joke diaries,  Your insight into the issues are always welcome

      Speaking to reporters after the general session of the DNC met on Wednesday, Kaine vowed to "play strong in all 50 states" and praised Dean’s efforts.

      But Kaine was light on details and would not commit to hiring staffers for every state, instead promising to reveal an "intense strategic plan" in the next two months. Some states might need personnel, he said, but others might require "expertise and research."

      Few party chairs can predict exactly what Kaine, taking marching orders from the White House, has planned for the 50-state strategy, but most anticipate it evolving beyond its current incarnation. While some chairs will move forward grudgingly and may lose their field staffers, others welcome a fresh perspective on the arrangement.

        •  Bottom line (4+ / 0-)
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          as always is how to best distribute resources effectively... in some cases there is a local organization in place that does not need national party staffers sent there in order to be effective.

          I think sometimes you have conflicting goals. As long as these goals "grow the party" widely it might not be most effective to spread resources everywhere, but you lose opportunities that way. Alaska is a great example. No way would it make sense to put resources there short of a full fledged 50-state strategy, but then we would not have been in position to be competitive when the opportunity presented itself.

          On the other hand, maybe we have put money into Oklahoma and Tennessee that might have been better spent gaining a greater foothold in Texas. You just never know.

          But I would not abide by a short term "swing state" strategy with a narrow focus on Presidential electoral votes.

          Schadenfreude ist die schönste Freude.

          by InsultComicDog on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 08:50:13 AM PST

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          •  Bottom line is right. Money is tight (0+ / 0-)

            and fundraising won't draw the glorious flood of gold we saw last year. Small donors are hurting and have a right to demand that every penny be spent wisely, respecting our sacrifice.

            I think Kaine is saying that while he'll keep us competitive in all 50 states, we can count on him to take care with the people's money. And that's a good thing.

            You miss 100% of the shots you never take. ~ Wayne Gretzky

            by Bugsby on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 11:49:34 AM PST

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      •  quit letting people shut you up (30+ / 0-)

        droogie...you're still a young pup...and you respond too quickly to the lash, I fear.

        if you are not failing to get it right some of the time, you're not trying hard enough

        don't stop trying

        don't stop thinking out in public here with the rest of us fools, for it's the only way to learn, to bat ideas back and forth

        the failure of the Bush years was principally its failure to consider alternative points of view

        let's not make that mistake

        just acknowledge ours and move on

        imho

        "If kerosene works/Why not gasoline?" -- The Bottle Rockets

        by Shocko from Seattle on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 07:53:23 AM PST

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      •  How about an inside report (8+ / 0-)

        from a grass roots member of the DNC here in colorado:

        But the main business of the day . . was the DNC meeting in the afternoon here at the Marriott Wardman Park.  There, we held the formal change-over from the administration of DNC Chairman Howard Dean to the new chair, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.  Governor Dean saw an impressive display of sustained applause -- nothing he could do seemed to stem the standing ovation and hooting and hollering.  

        Governor Dean singled out two states as success stories, but not ones you'd think about:  Utah and South Carolina.  He spoke about how our efforts in those two states led to impressive results in some of the reddest states in the country (we only lost South Carolina by single digits in 2008).  And he continued to press that our next targets are to flip Missouri and Texas in 2012.

        DNC Member and leader of the Native American Caucus Frank LaMere had one of the most emotional moments of the day.  He spoke of a saying in many Native American tribes that translates into "We are all related.  We are all important."  He emphasized that Governor Dean's leadership could best be described in those terms.  Then, he and a couple of other Native American DNC Members presented Gov. Dean with a traditional Native American blanket and draped his shoulders with the blanket.  Gov. Dean seemed very moved by the efforts.

        Our next -- indeed, our most important -- piece of business was to elect our new DNC Chair.  Gov. Kaine was unanimously elected, and nailed down his challenge this way:  "I feel like I've taken over for somebody who just won three Super Bowls in a row!"  His address to the DNC included a significant segment in Spanish discussing the importance of outreach to all communities.  Most important for many of us in the room, Gov. Kaine reaffirmed his support for the 50-state strategy:  "We will never again be a Party that writes off a state or a region.  The 50-state strategy has worked and it is here to stay!"

    •  Boooo (4+ / 0-)
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      I demand you write another puppy retraction diary tomorrow.

      "Hey Lois, look! The two symbols of the Republican Party - an elephant, and a big fat white guy who's threatened by change!" -Peter Griffin

      by stunzeed on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 07:53:23 AM PST

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