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I was getting coffee in Seattle's Capitol Hill district and was reading the front page of the free SEATTLE GAY NEWS, for lack of anything better to do. The article was titled "Former President Clinton Appears in Seattle to Raise Funds for Congressman Jim McDermott."

Read what Bill and Jim had to say. It's awesome.

At first I laughed, I mean "raise funds for McDermott?" One of life's little amusements is to see what horrible loser of a Republican candidate runs against him every two years. But anyway, here was the event:

Former President Bill Clinton made a fund-raising appearance for Congressman Jim McDermott on July 31st at Benaroya Hall, entitled "We the People."


Clinton talked about the differences in approach to government between the Republicans and the Democrats. He said that Republicans governed in a "secretive" and "unaccountable" way and that their methods are to "attack" to support their "ideology". They need a "divided" America to win and operate with a "tribal" mentality and sloganism. Newt Gingrich once told Clinton, "If we fought you fairly, you'd win all the time."

Clinton said that Democrats operated through "evidence" and "argument" and that they believe in government that is open, accountable and empowering with strong support of the middle class - unlike the Republicans who are determined to transfer wealth and power to the rich and corporations.

Clinton said that the Democrats had a more "philosophical" and "communal" approach. He spoke of the importance of revisiting global warming; "green" building; developing clean, renewable and affordable energy sources; raising the minimum wage; providing low-cost drugs; fighting childhood obesity and subsequent adult diabetes; the need for better, more efficient and affordable health care; the availability of college loans for all students; the empowerment of the ordinary citizen and the importance of the United States striving to live in the world in partnership and cooperation with the rest of the world.

Awesome. It's almost poetic in its clarity and vision. This is what Democrats need to run on in 2006. This is THE MESSAGE.

Jim I'm-so-fucking-glad-I-live-in-WA-district-7 McDermott goes on:

McDermott was even more scathing in his indictment of the Republicans. "After ten years of Republican rule, America has empty pockets, empty gas tanks, and broken promisesand they ignore the Constitution, toss aside the Geneva Convention, out an undercover agent, look over your shoulder at the library, tap the phones in your home, pick your pocket at the pump, and keep sending special interests on tax holidays paid for by the American people. Then, they go out for lunch and plot what they'll do to us in the afternoon!"

Maybe that's why the GOP has him under the gun:

He went on to talk about the whistle blowing he did back in 1996 about illegal Republican plotting and chicanery involving Newt Gingrich, which led to an ongoing, very expensive, law suit that the Republicans have been waging against McDermott ever since. "That's why we're here tonight. I'm trying to defend the people's right to know, and I need a little help from my friends."

This is pretty much the entire article but I needed to share it. I was so shocked by the clarity and simplicity of the message my hope is I will be hearing this coming from the mouth of every Democratic challenger and incumbent nation wide.


Originally posted to SeattleChris on Sun Aug 06, 2006 at 02:21 PM PDT.


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  •  re (1+ / 0-)
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    I voted for "Yes" and Pie.

    "The NYTimes did NOT endorse Steve Holt" - Steve Holt

    by cookiesandmilk on Sun Aug 06, 2006 at 02:14:33 PM PDT

  •  McDermott needs money (3+ / 0-)
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    rapala, LeeB, flo58

    to fight John "distributor of lobbyist checks on the House floor" Boehner's lawsuit aganst him for publicizing Newt Gingrich's phone call in which Gingrich and others discussed strategy relating to Gingrich's ethical problems, something Gingrich had agreed to refrain from doing.

    Mother Nature bats last.

    by pigpaste on Sun Aug 06, 2006 at 02:36:36 PM PDT

  •  I wish someone credible (0+ / 0-)

    were running against Cantwell.

    •  I live in Washington State . . . (3+ / 0-)
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      tamens, 3card, rearlgrant

      and from the sounds of what's bubbling up among the grumpy constituents (I would be one), there apparently were some serious discussions involving Sen. Cantwell and some very seriously disenchanted Democratic voters.  The most serious contender withdrew from the primary and came out as a supporter, with plans made with the senator and her campaign to work together for her re-election.  Undoubtedly, there are some still unhappy with her, but the tone does appear to have changed for the better.  

      My little worm's eye view of that tone noticed in a call to her office in D.C. last week (to urge defeat of that ridiculous minimum wage increase that wasn't abomination) that there was a detectable difference in attitude - for the better - on the part of the staff answering the phone.  That, plus Maria had announced her opposition to the bill (as did Patty Murray), so I'm hopeful that she is paying more attention to her constituents and that she will continue to do so.  She also has come out in support of net neutrality. Plus, she has done very good work with respect to Enron and preventing oil drilling in Alaska.  Musn't forget that!

      We really do not need to lose this seat to an Effin' insurance company executive.  

  •  Repubs = reptil;es (1+ / 0-)
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    Dems = mammals

    The essence of Republican politics is to appeal to the reptile brain in all of us.

    -8.0, -7.03 don't always believe what you think...

    by claude on Sun Aug 06, 2006 at 03:14:11 PM PDT

  •  Wanna hear the speech for yourself??? (3+ / 0-)
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    flo58, SeattleChris, rearlgrant

    It's posted here at AM 620 KPOJ, Thom Hartmann's home base in Portland, Oregon.  Thom was the Emcee for the event.

  •  Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

    Good post.

    Imagination is more important than knowledge - Einstein

    by One Pissed Off Liberal on Sun Aug 06, 2006 at 04:17:39 PM PDT

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