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This was the letter I just posted on Organizing for America.

Emanuel's reprehensible comments--like anyone couldn't figure out who the anonymous White house figure was--on unions after Blanche Lincoln's stay of electoral execution have convinced me to pull my support this electoral cycle for Organizing for America, the DNC, the DCCC and the DSCC--after all, they are now indistinguishable from the DLC anyway.

More after the fold.....

Watching the desperate fight to help a doomed Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, it is clear that Howard Dean's vision of an inclusive DNC has been completely erased by Rahn Emanuel and his minions.

What's really impressive is his crowing, "anonymously," to the media about the unions pouring 10 million dollars down a hole trying to support Bill Halter, who might, actually have had a chance in the general election--as if anyone paying attention didn't know who the anonymous source of that quote was.... So, Rahm, who are you going to get to fund the Fall campaign? Certainly not the unions. You've done just about everything possible to alienate them. You gonna' appeal to Goldman Sachs? I know you live in a cocoon, but you can't ignore how this one's polling.

Here's the most important lesson that obviously no one in the White House is paying attention to: In 2006, Teddy Kennedy got 86% of the union vote in his Senate reelection campaign. In 2010, in losing to Scott Brown, Martha Coakley got 46% of the union vote, and Brown got 49%. Even if Coakley had campaigned as abominably as she did, and just held the union vote (because, hypothetically, the Obama Administration didn't sell out the unions on high-end health care plan taxation), Martha Coakley would have won by almost three-quarters of a million votes.

How about this? I've been contributing to the DNC, to the DCCC and to the DSCC for years but since I now understand that there is no difference between any of the three organizations and the DLC, I guess I'll just pull my support for all three organizations and move it instead to Democracy for America, Progressive Democrats and 21st Century Democrats, where people still care about electing Democrats who believe in Democratic principles, rather than just covertly supporting the anti-democratic priciples of Obama's Chief Ward Boss, Emanuel, and all his buddies at Goldman Sachs and the DLC.

Oh, and about that reelection, Barack? You can go ahead and try but unless you suck it up, fire Emanuel and start acting like a Democrat instead of a greed-trade Friedmanite, you'll do your reelection campaign without my feet on the ground, without my checkbook and without my goodwill.

Your choice, President Obama, but I know I speak for legions of deeply disappointed Progressives who provided many of your ground troops and much of the small donor support you used to win the 2008 election.

Originally posted to Hoomai29 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:10 PM PDT.

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  •  OMG (3+ / 0-)

    anyone voting for the GOP is not voting for their best economic interests, rich, poor, middle class.  Regulatory anarchists have torn up the country.   That's the beginning and end of it.  People will do as they please.  Caught hell during Reagan; I guess that lesson needs to be relearned.' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

    by GN1927 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:13:12 PM PDT

    •  Maybe the average voter hasn't caught on. (5+ / 0-)

      They voted Obama in because they wanted change but not absolutely because they understood that the GOP's ideas were what got us in trouble.

      So what is going to happen is that the GOP is going to run sort of a populist campaign against Obama in 2012, casting him on the side of the impotent government AND corporations.

      The liberals and unions will set on their hands and then after maybe 4 to 8 years of seeing GOP policies in action they will vote for the progressive ideas not just for different candidates like Obama that are free trade corporatists.

      •  GOP as "populists" (3+ / 0-)
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        ssgbryan, lordcopper, nickrud

        IMO people deserve what they want, and what they get.  Be careful what ya wish for.  I'm black, so really, my people catch hell regardless.  Funny to see the cycle of working class whites voting against their interests, reforming, going nuts again, catching hell again, getting mad, "FIX THIS NOW."  Will folks ever learn?  USofA.  Young country.' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

        by GN1927 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:23:20 PM PDT

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  •  Rahm's the devil!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    lordcopper, second gen, GlowNZ

    Haven't had too many of these since health insurance reform passed.

  •  oh for fucks sake. (4+ / 0-)

    by GlowNZ on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:15:01 PM PDT

  •  I'm with you (9+ / 0-)

    Somewhat different analysis...but my bottom line is the same. If I am going to contribute time and money to progressive political outcomes, I need to be consistent. Contributing to OFA is not consistent with my support of DFA, Move On or the PCCC...and it will stop now. Simple self interest.

    "Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never" W. Churchill

    by Momus on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:21:36 PM PDT

  •  It is going to be a loooong day (6+ / 0-)


  •  Clarification-It's Not Particularly About Halter (8+ / 0-)

    Halter ran a good race and might have made it over the top without a concerted effort against him, but you win some you lose some.

    What I'm concerned about is that Progressives and Progressive values have been systematically cut out of the Obama White House and out of Organizing for America.

    This is not the Howard Dean DNC that rallied such tremendous loyalty and support for the base, this is the Rahm Emanuel, cut out the good Progressive candidate and run, unsuccessfully, Tammy Duckworth, DNC.

    This is the Rahm Emanuel talk trash to the unions the day after a bitter loss DNC.

    This is the Tim Kaine, what am I doing in this handbasket, why is it so hot and why am I traveling so fast DNC.

    This is the let's piss off unions because it'll make us  get liked by the Republicans--who will still vote against us DNC.

    Why, no, Mr. Emanuel, I'm not much interested in a free ride on the Titanic. Why in the world would you think I should be?

    •  Missing actor (1+ / 0-)
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      This list of who's responsible for the election outcome in Arkansas, includes an anti-progressive Obama White House, an anti-progressive Organizing for America, an anti-progressive and trash-talking Rahm Emanuel and an anti-inclusive, incompetent Tim Kaine.

      The missing actor on that list is the Arkansas voter.

      The missing actor in all the comments and diaries about what Rahm Emmanuel may or may not have said is that the Arkansas voter made a different choice than union leadership.

      It's possible that the Arkansas voter rejected unions injecting their will, rightly or wrongly, on their state race and simply chose to make it known that they will have the final say on who they send to Washington to represent them.

      Just because we agree with the union's agenda and don't like Blanche Lincoln's voting record, doesn't mean that the vast majority of Democratic voters in Arkansas feel the same way.

    •  when the DLC wins (1+ / 0-)
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      we all lose. It's politics that is ass backward. Why support a party that offers nothing but the same policy and agenda as the lunatics we are frightened of? After bush I vowed never again to be driven by fear politically. Now I am pissed every time I hear the bs about how it takes time or we don't have the votes or all the other lame excuses that they use to try and bamboozle the people while they move forward with the destruction of our democracy and country.

      No thanks Ive had enough by-partisan corporate neocon neoliberal government. My neighbors ask me the wonk and local Democratic county member, 'What's up with Obama and the Democrats?' I am apologizing as I help deliver my precinct for Obama in the primary. We got a WH full of Clintonites and the same old party machine backroom deals which is keeping the power firmly in the corporatist's hands. Coalitions that came together to stop this shit will not stand when you win nothing but a kinder gentler version of tyranny and they tell you iot's better then the worst ever.        

  •  I cancelled my membership in OFA (10+ / 0-)

    during the Health Care Reform battles here on DailyKos----and I let them know why.  I have not given to the DNC, DSCC, or DCCC since the first of this year and I also let them know why.  I sent an e-mail today to the White House as well and let them know what I thought of an "anonymous" White House aid going out of his/her way to contact Politico and plant that outrageous comment about the unions.  My husband was a teacher for 32 years.  We don't take kindly to individuals hiding behind anonymity to ridicule unions.  And after watching Richard Trumka speak about health care reform, I signed up for the AFL-CIO e-mails.  I'm a member of the PCCC as well as DFA.  I let the WH, DNC, etc. know that I do not "have" to give them a cent----there are other organizations, not owned by corporate sponsors, that I can and will give my retirement money to.  

    Thanks for this diary.  You told it like it is.   I'm very glad you did.  This administration need to learn to stop denigrating the very people whose money and votes they will need come November.  Instead they've made it quite clear who their "base" really is----and as of today, it's abundantly clear it sure as hell is not unions.   That some "anonymous" aid made that comment, by the way, is quite telling because anyone who would do this and deliberately plant it to make sure it got out there is someone who fundamentally disrespects people who WORK for a living and are union members.  Interesting coming very likely from someone who has NEVER in their life had to worry about having a job, paying the bills, affording tuition, affording health insurance,  and just struggling to get by.  In fact, that is very likely someone who has lived a life of privilege for their entire life----never short of money, private schools, the "right" neighborhood, connections to get a job, etc.   Let's see if the WH walks that comment back---or not.

    You can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, or democracy, but you cannot have both. ~ Louis Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:55:02 PM PDT

  •  Yep. OFA is now just a wholey owned, and I (2+ / 0-)
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    ssgbryan, NancyWilling

    do mean "owned" subsidiary of the DNC Incumbent Protection Racket. The DNC, DCCC and DSCC are more concerned with Washington insiders than with the people who put them there.

    Act Blue is one of the best things to come out of the Toobz, now we can focus our donations on specific candidates all over the country, rather than depending on the Party machine. Act Blue and virtual phone banking are our best hope for the future.

    All evil needs to succeed is for good people to say "the votes aren't there in the Senate."

    by Jacques on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:17:42 PM PDT

  •  It's time to primary every one of these fake (3+ / 0-)
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    ssgbryan, corvo, NancyWilling

    democrats in Congress.  They are dragging our country down.

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