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Old Dems, New Dems and Fighting Dems

When Tammy Duckworth won her Illinois primary last month it made headlines at the Daily Kos and at WesPAC, General Wesley Clark's web site, but there was otherwise sparse recognition of the brave army officer who lost both her legs in a Blackhawk helicopter in Iraq.

The next day comprehensive articles began to appear and in one article in The New York Times, Major Duckworth was named. The article said the success of women in the recent primaries was an important indicator of how Senator Clinton of New York would fare in 2008 in her Presidential race.

It was a startling piece of reportage. All roads lead to Hillary,...


And then there is the Elvis problem:

Hillary Clinton has a few problems if she wants to secure the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, wrote Kos. She is a leader who fails to lead. She does not appear "electable." But most of all, Hillary has a Bill Clinton problem. (And no, it's not about that.)

Hillary Clinton leads her Democratic rivals in the polls and in fundraising, said Kos. Unfortunately, however, the New York senator is part of a failed Democratic Party establishment -- led by her husband -- that enabled the George W. Bush presidency and the Republican majorities, and all the havoc they have wreaked at home and abroad.

It comes down to this: Elvis will not leave the building. He is bored. He is vain. In my opinion, he has become a political cult figure as used to be called in politics a cult of personality. He likes being famous, but he lacks that quality of character of a Reagan, Ford or Carter, to know when the work is done and turn homeward. It is the problem of an aparatchik; one who has no home but his cause, his work, his popularity and fame. No place to go when his life works is finished.  When Bill Clinton finished his second turn as President he saw it as only the beginning. It was his grand delusion shared by many of his followers.......

Fighting Dem Vets and Markos:

I felt a sea change in politics a few months back when reports of the Fighting Dems first began appearing on Wes Clark's web site. I had been in the room with General Clark when he signed the book to enter the primary in New Hampshire and volunteered for him all through his campaign. General Clark brought integrity and character to the Democrats. Frankly, he brought a sense of adulthood, duty and responsibility that somehow had drifted over the generations. Now others like Paul Hackett, Tammy Duckworth and Patrick Murphy, seven of them in Texas, and dozens of others all over the country - were bringing the same bright and positive charge to the table.

But other good men like Tim Dunn, who attained the rank of Lt. Colonel serving with the Marines in Kosovo, Desert Storm, Desert Shield and the Iraq War were beginning to turn back. He pulled out of his race in North Carolina's 8th district, and one of the reasons was lack of funds. In the same period, major fundraisers in the state were holding fundraisers for Hillary.

At a recent fundraiser in New York held by George Soros for Wesley Clark, someone asked the General how much money he hoped to raise.

"As little as possible," he said.

Clark said to hope to keep WesPAC going and wanted to make enough money to cover his costs. But he said, candidates should not be raising money for 2008 until the 2006 races are over in November, as it draws funds away from local races.

The Democrats have lost sight of this, blinded in part, by the prize at the top. The Republicans have not.

The day after Markos had his op-ed in The Washington Post, something very interest happened. After ignoring bloggers like Kos and denying their influence for years, his comments the day before in the Post were reported as front-page news in The New York Times. Suddenly, people were listening. And now they will continue to listen.....

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Originally posted to pelican on Thu May 18, 2006 at 05:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Whoa! Let's back up a minute (0+ / 0-)

    Hillary Clinton has electability problems, yes.  And this has nothing to do with the nomination.  She polarizes politicians like no one before her.  Weak men fear strong women and she has balls.  Republican men can’t even accept differing lifestyles, how are they going to accept a woman as a President?  Don’t get me going, here!

    Bill Clinton has a tragic flaw but presided over this country during the best 8 years anyone my age can remember.  Those who lightening-rodded his presidency to the Monica incident had their own political purposes.  The “right-wing conspiracy” exists and their members distribute their outrage via calculated placements so as not to identify partisans, malcontents or crazies.

    Juxtapose to that the freaking nightmare the Republicans (operatives and enablers) have shown us since they took over.  Gore rejected Clinton’s help (always a major-league fundraiser and campaigner) in an effort to distance himself from the “past” (and, d’oh, victory).  Your bad, Al.

    Bill Clinton has spent his “retirement” years for the people's good when he could just sit back and live large.  In a lot of ways, he reminds me of Jimmy Carter who does physical labor for the disadvantaged and negotiates difficulties around the world (and still lusted in his heart).  He would do anything he’s asked.  So would Bill.

    If you’re not happy with the Democrats, go sign up Ralph Nader for another run around the track so you can waste your vote and feel good...until Jeb Bush is president and we invade Iran.

    Republicans have given the Democrats a perfect opportunity to straighten out this country, correct our errors (like Iraq), re-earn the respect of the world and work for the right goals domestically and internationally.  We might actually find a way to produce universal health care and respond promptly to natural disasters if we defy the profiteering and theft opportunities of being in power.  We need to seize our government and make it work the way it should work.

    Democrats have been distracted and disempowered by the looming aura of 9/11 and the hysterity over gay rights.  They’re the touchstone of today’s politics and Bush’s handlers have used them successfully at every turn.  Not to fight terrorism or promote distorted moral values but to win elections and heighten polls (while George reads the teleprompter).  They are major league sleaze.  It’s not evident.

    I think what Bill Clinton is doing is prefect for his redemption.  But it’s waaay too soon for Hillary.  She knows this and will adjust her schedule accordingly.  It’s an image we’re fighting, not a reality.

    The Democrats will find a focus and a candidate as soon as the Republicans stop shooting themselves in the foot.  Support them and give them your thoughts and best wishes.  

    (-7.75, -7.69) Not all of the religious are hypocrites but all the hypocrites are religious!

    by john07801 on Thu May 18, 2006 at 08:37:57 PM PDT

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