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Stoller made the announcement:

In less than a week, there's a special election to fill a Congressional seat in Illinois's 14th district. This one was the seat held by Dennis Hastert, former Republican Speaker of the House during the most destructive political period we may see in our lifetimes. Because of that legacy of failure, and because of the special dynamics of 2008, we might be able to turn this red district blue in a foreshadowing of the election in November. The Democrat, Bill Foster, and the Republican, Jim Oberweis, are pretty much tied in the polling. This is a race with potentially far reaching impacts, and it's one where some support from our communities can be helpful. Here's legal legend Larry Lessig, one of the coiners of the term 'net neutrality' who decided earlier this year not to run for Congress.

So just off the phone with Bill Foster, a physicist from Illinois, Democrat, running in a special election to fill Dennis Hastert's seat. When I started to think about this run, Foster was a model. A former researcher at Fermilab, and entrepreneur, he is precisely the sort a changed Congress would need.

"Seven hours a day" on the phone raising money. And with a Special Election just 10 days away, they're pushing to raise a final $200,000 to run an endorsement ad from Barack Obama.

Seven hours a day. Wow.

Foster is running for Dennis Hastert's old seat, a 55% Bush 2004 voting district.  Despite the redness of the district, he is running clearly on the issue of Iraq with several ads calling for the end of the war (here's ad one and ad two on Iraq), and he has on his web site 'Businessman, Scientist, Democrat'.  He is against retroactive immunity for telecoms, and his opponent is for letting lawbreakers off the hook. This is no shrinking violet running a vague anti-DC message, this guy is a Democrat running as a Democrat on the Iraq war and FISA in a red district.

And now Foster needs $200k to run an endorsement ad by Barack Obama in Illinois. This is a test run of the 2008 elections, and we'll know soon if Obama has the coattails to drive increased Democratic majorities in Congress.  I don't agree with Foster on everything, and I don't expect any of us to be perfectly satisfied with any member of Congress. But taking Dennis Hastert's old seat with a proud scientist and Democrat running against the war and strongly for civil liberties under the ticket of the probable Democratic nominee in 2008?

That's a great Blue Majority candidate.  Give a few bucks, it's a good chance to have a meaningful impact.

We now hold Tom DeLay's seat. Imagine the symbolism of taking his right-hand buddy Hastert's seat as well -- in another solidly Republican district, no less.

The NRCC is freaking out, already dumping a full 15 percent of their paltry budget on this race. Rumors are flying that NRCC chair Tom Cole's job hinges on this thing. And while we don't really care which loser Republican runs their House committee into the ground, the internal turmoil that would cause would be well worth the cost of admission -- yet another reason for donors to sit this cycle out (along with shitty candidates, poor electoral prospects, and the FBI investigation into the committee's finances).

Not to mention this has become a low-level proxy fight between Obama and McCain. The former cut and ad that should run any day now, and the latter raised a quarter million for Republican über-wingnut Jim Oberweis -- a Gooper so noxious that his primary campaign challenger has refused to back and may be actively undermining. (And wouldn't it be nice if Obama showed up in person before the special on behalf of Foster?) McCain really wants to win this race to prove that he can help his party down-ticket. If we deny him that, we give conservatives even less reason to enthusiastically support his campaign.

So throw in a few bucks if you can. Do it to increase our House majority, with a candidate who would vote against retroactive immunity for telecom companies. Do it to mock Republicans, waving Hastert's and DeLay's blue seats in their faces. Do it to make Obama look good. Do it because it'd be nice to have more scientists in Congress, and fewer science-deniers. Do it to create further havoc and dissent within GOP ranks.

The special election is next Tuesday Saturday.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 10:47 AM PST.

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  •  The telecom immunity issue is yet another reason (7+ / 0-)

    we need more, and more courageous, Democrats in the House.  GL to Foster.

    "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

    by Greasy Grant on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 10:51:04 AM PST

  •  Just sent in a contribution late last week. (2+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor, Greasy Grant

    (- 4.63, - 5.18) Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is. --Winston Churchill

    by mkfarkus on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 10:52:10 AM PST

    •  Just sent in another contribution... (1+ / 0-)
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      Sister Havana

      I'm not in his district, but I'm sick of being deluged on TV and radio with anti-Foster attack ads.  

      They paint him as a tax-crazy big spender who will raise every constituent's taxes by over $3600/year.  Mostly the spots are "Bill Foster bad. Bill Foster bad.  Bill Foster bad. repeat. etc. again..."

      A good Barack commercial would really help.

      Everyone, please give if you can.

      Experience is like tail-lights on a boat which illuminate where we have been, when we should be focusing on where we should be going. John F. Kennedy

      by Happy Days on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:21:49 AM PST

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      •  I've been phonebanking and canvassing for Foster (2+ / 0-)
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        JayBat, Happy Days

        ...the past two weeks. I don't live in the district either and am driving a half hour to the Geneva office and an hour to Elgin to canvass.

        This is a very winnable race. Even Repubs hate Oberweis. He has a 42% negative approval rating in the district. As Durbin's email plea for Foster fundraising put it last week the milk man is a three time loser (ran for governor and senator) and a perennial candidate. He's a racist, wants to make Bush's tax cuts for the rich permanent, and have the Commander in Chief take orders from General Petraeus even if that means occupying Iraq another 10 years. He's an embarrassment and that fact gets nods of agreement from white, black and latino voters across the district.  

        Canvassing for 5 hours yesterday I had one guy, just one, tell me he was leaning Oberweis and he wanted to argue that we need single payer healthcare! By the time I left him he took my flyer and said he'd look at the website.

        Foster spent 22 years at Fermi Lab. When he was younger he and his brother started a stage lighting company that does virtually all of the big rock concerts and Broadway shows. He wants to quit spending us into bankruptcy in Iraq and get out. He's been hammering Obie on wanting to privatize Social Security and other hairbrained stances the calcified Republican clings to.

        We have plenty of flyers, yard signs, and phones but we need more volunteers to come out and deliver. We're especially going to need GOTV workers election day this coming Saturday.

        Kos and Lessig are right. This is the first battle of the 2008 election. This is the Lexington and Concord of this revolution. Taking the ex-Speaker of the House's seat will gut Republican morale and fundraising. It's a shot that will be heard around the country if not the world. Also if we take this seat it can start a tidal wave in the Chicago area waking Dems up all over the burbs. In districts like IL-13, IL-10, IL-11 maybe even in IL-06 we can knock off lockstep Bush Republicans who have voted for the war and against SCHIP time and time again.  

        If you can make it here please come to the Chicago burbs and help out. If you can't, please send money if you've got it.

  •  Two points (3+ / 0-)
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    brownsox, llbear, Temmoku

    First of all, I thought Foster was writing his campaign six-figure checks. Secondly:

    Rumors are flying that NRCC chair Tom Cole's job hinges on this thing.

    Considering how incompetent Cole has turned out to be. It might be worth taking a dive to keep him in his job.

  •  Dennis Dorito Hastert Was Commencement Speaker at (8+ / 0-)

    my wife's college graduation at Judson College in May of 2004.

    Hastert waddled to the podium looking ridiculous in the adademic robes and blathered on and on about Bush and Iraq with such a pompous and arrogantly political diatribe that the whole "address" was an embarrassment to the institution and to the district.

    I will gladly give a few bucks to take this seat from the fat asshole who formerly held it.

  •  The special election is SATURDAY not Tuesday (10+ / 0-)

    "Oh, come on, being human is overrated." -- Mark Penn

    by Bill White on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 10:53:48 AM PST

  •  Kickining Hastert's ass (2+ / 0-)
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    Bodean, VA Breeze

    would be pretty darn exciting. Electorally speaking, of course.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 10:55:00 AM PST

  •  Going to be interesting to see if Iraq resonates (0+ / 0-)

    The Conventional Wisdom of the Beltway Boyz is that the American public has moved on from Iraq and is now focused on the economy (two completely unrelated topics, natch). The Wise Ones who assure us we should worship their special wisdom also say that the Democrats are playing into GOP hands by emphasizing the war because the GOP is known to be the party of strong homeland security (and how many American and other peoples' sons and daughters die under a Democratic president before the Dems are strong on defense?).

    The only concern is here is that the GOP can separate the war from the economy and by arguing each point separately, pretend that the whole thing is not a reflection of 8 years of misrule.

    Interesting development is that Iran and Iraq have agreed to "neutralize" the MEK, despite the US military saying they are under US protection. Wonder who is really in charge in Iraq?  

  •  15% of the NRCC budget?? (7+ / 0-)

    < shrieking laughter >  </shrieking laughter>

  •  in for $20.08 (3+ / 0-)
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    Bodean, Crashing Vor, feelingsickinMN

    wish I could give more, but even that is stretching it right now


    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

    by teacherken on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 10:58:19 AM PST

  •  Contribution sent (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for bringing this race to my attention.  

    "Fired Up!" "Ready To Go!" Obama '08

    by Bodean on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 10:58:40 AM PST

  •  Godspeed, but (2+ / 0-)
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    InternetJunkie, llbear

    I'm curious: Isn't this the seat that John Laesch ran for in 2006, and is running for again in 2008, or did something change while I wasn't looking?

    •  Laesch (1+ / 0-)
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      I was wondering about that too.  I would have sworn that I got an email plea for money from his campaign in the last six months.

    •  Laesch lost the primary (1+ / 0-)
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      to Foster.

      •  Well, there is always that recount thing. (1+ / 0-)
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        But, if Foster's army gets out the vote he should win the special General coming on Saturday.  The General Election - well, let's make sure every vote was counted.  .05% is not a mandate.

        John Laesch, Jerry Northington [aka Possum], Gilda Reed: You'll be working with a great Dem. President

        by llbear on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 12:10:15 PM PST

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      •  Laesch lost in the primary... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...for the special election.

        The primary for the general election, held the same day for gods sake, Foster is ahead by only a few hundred votes out of tens of thousands.  Unless something dramatic changes Foster will win that as well but the Laesch people want all the votes counted, absentee and provisional, as is their right and duty.

        However, I hope John Laesch and his supporters work very hard to get Foster elected in the special even if a Foster win makes it harder for a theoretical Laesch run in the general should the results from the general primary change just as I would expect Foster and his people to work hard for John, regardless if he wins the special, if the general primary results change.

        The real strange thing about this election is it is on Saturday.  Will it effect Jewish voters, Will it effect working class people, etc, etc,  I really worry about this because even if the Republican machine hates Oberweis they are real good a getting out the vote.  It really depends on how organized the Democrats in the area are and the unsettled general primary could cause problems.

        Just my $0.02

        We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

        by delver rootnose on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 01:27:52 PM PST

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        •  You have a good take on the problems (1+ / 0-)
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          When Laesch supporters [County Democratic Party Chairs and Precinct Chairs], they waited and waited for someone from the Foster campaign to run the meeting.  After about an hour they left - figuring they had been given a message.

          Weirdest political experience of my source's life.  [Source is a Kane County Precinct Chair.]

          John Laesch, Jerry Northington [aka Possum], Gilda Reed: You'll be working with a great Dem. President

          by llbear on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 01:47:32 PM PST

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  •  I dontated over the weekend! (0+ / 0-)

    ~Diagonally Parked in a Parallel Universe~

    by BDsTrinity on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:00:14 AM PST

  •  Lack of money (1+ / 0-)
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    is the reason they haven't run it?

  •  Are you saying I should do it? :) (0+ / 0-)

    Lynch mob partipants volunteered, too.

    by cskendrick on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:02:34 AM PST

  •  What happened to John Laesch? (1+ / 0-)
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    Hillary Clinton - "Damn the voters! Fool speed ahead!"

    by CanAm on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:04:00 AM PST

  •  Home of NIU (0+ / 0-)

    is he talking gun control?  

    Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them - T Paine

    by breezeview on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:05:34 AM PST

  •  New ad - but from Democratic Party (0+ / 0-)

    I haven't been a big fan of Foster's ads so far, but I liked the latest a little more -- except that it's run by the national party, not Foster's campagn.

    No nearly-black-and-white grainy "evil incarnate" shots of Oberweis.

    Calls him to task for employing illegal immigrants while campaigning for tougher immigration laws.

    Also points out megabucks he has invested in China.

    Not so different from an earlier ad, but without the hamfisted treatment.

    Better -- cows get in on the action, replacing "moooooooo" with "nooooooooooo".

    Not great theatre, perhaps, but a welcome bit of relief from the standard identical no matter who runs it or from what party political ad.

    Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

    by dinotrac on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:05:43 AM PST

  •  Oberweis is the worst candidate ever (5+ / 0-)
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    pshaw, Markg8, Sister Havana, Temmoku, BlackBox

    He is Alan Keyes without a ticket out of town after he loses another election. He is a homegrown boy with one issue, immigration, which he has been strangely silent about during this race. Instead, he seems be taking his cues from Coach Hastert and is mouthing Republican talking points, much as his mentor did as Speaker. I doubt he even understands what he says half the time. He mumbles the Republican mantra as if it were some sort of spell to ward off a Democratic victory. He's spent the last 3 election cycles trying to buy his way into office. We need to make sure that never happens.

  •  Oberweiss can't run ads (2+ / 0-)
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    Rolfyboy6, Ajax the Greater

    He got into fundraising issues since he kept loaning his campaign big bucks.  Hence the only ad for Oberweist running is a noxious NRCC ad, that copies straight from the "liberal Democrat - booga! booga!" script.

    Not that Oberweis would run anything different.  He's a noxious 3 time primary loser (Governor and Senate two times) who offends a lot of the Republicans in Illinois.

    The best thing that could happen for Foster is to have Barack Obama come to Aurora on Thursday.

    Alas, I got redistricted eastward last time around and can't vote in this one.

    Remember when we were against torture, before we were for it?

    by pshaw on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:07:00 AM PST

    •  he has one radio ad which blows (0+ / 0-)

      irrational, fear of taxes based, and lame. Then again, it is the perfect Oberwuss.

      In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - Mencken

      by agnostic on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 01:31:13 PM PST

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  •  I gave extra because of opt-out of snail mail (0+ / 0-)

    info on how-to was right on the donation page. Praise the Lord!

    Best Diary of the Year?

    by LNK on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:07:25 AM PST

  •  Just did it! I hope it helps. (0+ / 0-)

    I have donated to a few others, thanks for keeping track of the hot races, and making it so easy for those of us in very BLUE states to help our fellow dems who are not so fortunate!

    Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace ~~ Dalai Lama

    by happy in MA on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:08:12 AM PST

  •  That's a BIG seat! (0+ / 0-)
    Sorry.  Karma-buster, I know, but I couldn't help it.
  •  Absentee, early voting turnout is low... (1+ / 0-)
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    According to one county clerk I talked to today, absentee ballot and early voting turnout is much lower than in the February primary election. And lots of people still express surprise the special election is being held on Saturday despite the electronic media ad blitz on both sides. Not sure what effect a low turnout will have.

    Anecdotally, supporters of Chris Lauzen, the ultra wingnut that Oberweis beat in the primary are saying they're sitting the election out. Lauzen has refused to endorse unless Oberweis admits he lied about Lauzen during the primary.

  •  I would have oreferred taking Hastert's seat (0+ / 0-)

    while his ass was still in it and he was still Speaker, but this will be a symbolic victory that shows just how far from grace the Republicans have fallen even in a Republican stronghold. If we do take this seat, we can expect a better qualifed candidate in November. I don't think we'll be facing Oberweis again. So it's important to take the seat now and build momentum for November.

  •  R. Baker & Son... (0+ / 0-)

    ...had an excellent year also.

  •  Added my Twenty bucks (0+ / 0-)

    and an additional $5 for ActBlue...

  •  This is one we can win! (0+ / 0-)

    My husband has done the phone bank for him and spoken to Foster...he is an admirable man....better than Oberweiss in every way.

    Besides, if Dems can take this seat in DuPage, the others are very vulnerable. The vote in the primary showed that Dem numbers were almost 2 times the Repug voters....The momentum and support is there. If people will just come out to vote, Foster can win! It will be so important to break up the Repug domination in DuPage County...they control everything and feel entitled. We can slam them down big time and this win will turn things around BIG TIME!

    All I want is....Impeachment followed by Imprisonment!

    by Temmoku on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:29:48 AM PST

  •  In for Twenty-five, Next Let's Go After . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    Don Do-Nothing Manzullo next door in Illinois 16.  He is the paragon of ineptitude, a man whom even Hastert called "the village idiot".

    Find some Democrat worthy of being people powered and run him or her against Not Very Dandy Don.

  •  We could win this (0+ / 0-)

    If Obama came in to campaign for Foster at the last minute.  

    •  All the more reason... (1+ / 0-)
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      VA Breeze

      ...the presidential primary campaign should wrap up for good after Tuesday, freeing up our ultimate nominee to use his coattails for good in places like IL-14 and IN-7, rather than keep fighting for what he's already won.

      John McCain: Tired out, and ready...for bed!

      by ipsos on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:39:27 AM PST

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  •  Just gave $50. Good Luck, Bill!!!! n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Happy to help show coattails beat pantsuits (0+ / 0-)

    NOT meant to be a demeaning or sexist statement.  Just in the spirit of Hilary's use of the term "pantsuit" and what I believe expect will be great coattails from Obama.

    It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. US Jurist

    by Oliver W Holmes the 3rd on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:50:31 AM PST

  •  DONE! Foster, Edwards, Burner, Trauner, Noriega.. (0+ / 0-)

    ActBlue Federal Tips  $4.02  
    Rick Noriega (TX-Sen)  $10.08  
    Gary Trauner (WY-01)  $20.08  
    Darcy Burner (WA-08)  $20.08  
    Donna Edwards (MD-04)  $10.08  
    Bill Foster (IL-14)  $20.08  
    Total $84.42  

    It is amazing how much can be accomplished when you don't care who gets the credit - Harry Truman
    PoliticalCompass Scale: -2.13, -2.97

    by floundericiousMI on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 11:51:35 AM PST

  •  Those cities are turning blue (0+ / 0-)

    Aurora, Carpentersville (home to some heavily opposed immigration regulation), and Elgin... are democrat leaning.

    Not sure about surrounding communities yet... it'll be a heavily contested battle.

  •  Where's the fucking DCCC?!? (0+ / 0-)

    They should be ponying up this money.

  •  Foster is in an uphill battle for sure (0+ / 0-)

    This is my home district as I live about 3 minutes from Hastert’s office and I have the only Obama sign in the entire town.  This area is as Red as it could be and Oberweis is well known for his home delivery of hormone free milk products.  His single issue of illegal immigration sells here due to the East Aurora area where the Mexican immigration has devastated the housing and school district to the point where East Aurora is the single worst school in the state of Illinois graduating less than 30% of the kids.  Add this to the shockingly high crime rate in East Aurora, and you get the rich white other townships going crazy.  I have donated money to Foster and have his sign in my yard, but it is going to be really difficult for him or anyone else to win in this area.

  •  Bluedog Democrat....until he distances himself (3+ / 0-)
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    tnichlsn, edwardssl, llbear

    from the Bluedog caucus, we should not be mounting a campaign for him. This is from his website.

    I intend to work with the Blue Dog Democrats in congress -- a group dedicated to curing this by making the hard decisions necessary -- as well as any other groups that make deficit reduction their top priority. I'm sure that I'll be at odds with the Blue Dogs on more than a few issues - for example mortgage industry reform - but when it comes to deficit reduction, we all agree that we have to get our house in order.

    Why are we getting a call to finance yet another Bluedog Democrat?

    •  see next comment, we had this same argument (1+ / 0-)
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      over the weekend...

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      by tnichlsn on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 12:16:21 PM PST

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    •  honestly, I'd prefer a physicist with a brain (0+ / 0-)

      willing to apply those little grey cells to a problem, than to ever even consider the possibility of a half of  a chance of a shadow of the thought crossing my mind, of Oberwuss holding public office.

      Think of Delay, but without the brains.

      In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - Mencken

      by agnostic on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 12:49:34 PM PST

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      •  Calling for deficit reduction now, in the midst (1+ / 0-)
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        of a recession and a huge military buildup, is a recipe for slaughtering social programs. Not to mention NEVER getting anything major like universal health care.

        I will not donate to anyone who praises the Bluedog caucus for anything. Are we serious or not?

  •  Just how Blue does a candidate have to be (1+ / 0-)
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    in order to establish an ActBlue fundraising page?  Some of our locals from his district were ragging on this guy mercilessly during our discussion in an open thread over the weekend... From those discussions I guess he is with us on some issues, on others, not so much.

    Support democracy at home and abroad, join the ACLU & Amnesty International Your voice is needed!

    by tnichlsn on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 12:09:18 PM PST

    •  Good question..but when you have limited (1+ / 0-)
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      resources, we ought to put them where we can elect a true progressive, not one who is going to disappoint and join with non-progressives. Darcy Burner and Donna Edwards would be better places to focus our efforts.

      Foster is not a grassroots kind of guy either. He has almost no ground game from reports of people in the District.

      •  I agree, wish we could get some consensus from (0+ / 0-)

        above on this strategy. Purple is better than red and blue is better than purple, but how do we spread our resources for maximum progressive legislative victories? Marcos, and opinions? Where I am, it's all blue and rarely a shade of purple to even get concerned about...

        Support democracy at home and abroad, join the ACLU & Amnesty International Your voice is needed!

        by tnichlsn on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 02:07:17 PM PST

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  •  Not Soon Enough (0+ / 0-)

    If only someone serious had run against Hastert himself, then the campaign could have talked about Sibel Edmonds, selling US nuke secrets, Turkish drug dealers who fund the Qaeda, bribery masked as anonymous small donations.

    Now we'll just be lucky to get an extra seat in a Democratic majority that already has plenty, but which never did anything about any of those critical issues.

    I'd say Hastert is perfectly willing to go on those terms.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 12:09:54 PM PST

  •  Oberweiss is a RW GOP slimeball (1+ / 0-)
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    He's run for just about every office in Illinois, throwing his family's money at it.

    Also, this district has been skewing Democratic lately.  In the Feb. 5 primary, two of the three largest counties in the district had higher turnout on the Democratic side.  The western edge of the district has shifted dramatically leftward.  Northern Illinois University is in the district.

    "That's what killed Dennis Day-- contempt for the audience." -- Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra

    by Pangloss on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 12:20:11 PM PST

  •  Oberwuss is not some wingnut. (1+ / 0-)
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    He is the spoiled rich, rotten child of ultra-wingnut parents whose birth violated laws and statutes against incest on mental health grounds across the country.

    Let's just be clear on that.

    The ads that Oberwuss is running all have to do with one out of context statement by Fuller - and they had to search long and hard to find it. Fuller has a fair chance, not a great one, if only because many of the voters in that district are genetically modified to be able to recognize "GOP" only on the ballot.

    Oberwuss has pissed off people in the party so badly before, that rather than support him for the senate (after the GOP candidate was kicked off for wanting to have sex with his wife - I kid you not. Who wouldn't? She played 7 of 9 on StarTrek)  that the party in its infinite, ineffible, incorrigible,  alliteratory, allegorical fashion, chose Alan Keyes to run in his stead.

    In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - Mencken

    by agnostic on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 12:45:24 PM PST

    •  I believe Fuller should be replaced.. (1+ / 0-)
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      ...with Foster in your comment, but I could be wrong, and Ryan didn't just want to have sex with 7 of 9 he wanted to have it in public at sex clubs in NY and Paris I believe.  You know have others watch you as you do it as well as having her do it with others in public as you watch.  That doesn't go well with the family values crowd who are generally ashamed of sexuality.

      We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

      by delver rootnose on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 01:41:54 PM PST

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      •  foster, right. so sorry. (0+ / 0-)

        my point is, sex with spouse is something that should be between them, and not a reason for the GOP to make it a public spectacle. If one spouse suggests to another that they try something different, that is their business.

        Of course, in a contentious divorce proceeding, the slightest event becomes magnified and mangled out of shape.  7 o' 9 herself said he was a decent and honorable guy and would make a good candidate.

        In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - Mencken

        by agnostic on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 02:00:17 PM PST

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          ...having, or wanting to have, sex in public is not a winning platform for a Republican, or a Democrat in most areas.  America is rather prudish about such things.

          We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

          by delver rootnose on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 02:06:30 PM PST

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    •  I always felt Keyes was for national visibility (0+ / 0-)

      I mean, can you picture an Obama vs Oberweis debate?

      Keyes on the other hand would harp on about how you're a bad Catholic if you vote for a democrat, and anyone who wants to cover Obama also gets Keyes's rhetoric.

      You may say it's not an effective way to win a single campaign, but I think the Republicans wrote it off from the moment Jack Ryan had troubles. And they got some sound bytes from Keyes that would spice up any column. Maybe they were unsound, but hey, so were the Swift Boaters. So we thought.

  •  I know Matt Stoller. (0+ / 0-)

    I worked with Matt on the Corzine campaign back in 2005.

    Pragmatic progressivism is the future.

    by Pragmaticus on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 01:41:17 PM PST

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    Andrew S, llbear

    My soon-to-be-wife currently lives in the Southern most part of IL-02, about a mile from IL-11.

    She called me this morning to ask why she got a mailer from Oberweis.

    I did a Google maps check of the distance from her house to Minooka, which looks to be to closest town to her that is in IL-14. It is about 41 miles away.

    My guess is that it is something from the NRCC that originated in Virginia, but I haven't seen it yet. I'm just happy to hear that they're wasting even more of their money!

  •  On the radio today. (0+ / 0-)

    I heard an attack ad from Oberweis talking about how Foster wants to leave our troops in danger by taking away funding, and how is wants to stop the government from catching terrorists by fighting against telecom immunity.

    I wonder how much dairy money is being spent on these.

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