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EDIT NOTE: I initially deleted this diary out of sensitivity to the victims of Saturday's Tucson shooting, including my Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, who is now courageously fighting for her life at UMC. I undeleted because this has been twisted and distorted by not only the right wing blogs, but also the mainstream media as an example of a vitriolic statement from the progressives that is somehow the equal of what Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Glenn Beck, Limbaugh, Boortz, and other far-right stokers of vitriol, anger, and hatred have said and written. Which I believe can and does influence people, especially the already unstable to carry out acts of violence...perhaps even the exact shooting in Tucson on Saturday.

I am from the Tucson area and live in Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords' district. I worked like a dog for her elections when she was in the Arizona House, surrounded by rightwing nutcases. When Arizona re-districted in 2002, a seat opened up and she was right smack in the middle of it. So was I because I live in Oro Valley, Arizona, which is at the heart of that - then - new CD. I was one of several people to talk her into running and pledging complete loyalty and pledging to raise as much money as possible for her.

She ended up running for the first time against a fellow AZ House member, Randy Graf who was a rightwing whacko who advocated guns in bars and was the "Russell Pearce before Russell Pearce" vis-a-vis border issues. With a LOT of hard work and plenty of money, Gabby won. Easier than thought, too. I never like to throw money in people's faces, but i have given Gabrielle Giffords THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollars in both good times and bad times for me financially.

Fast forward to this election season. A weirdo asshole named Jesse Kelly who advocated ELIMINATING Social Security and was a tea bagger favorite got the GOP nom to run against her. I am gay and had been married and my spouse left me January 15, 2010. I shot myself in the mouth in a serious suicide attempt, because of that. Barely surviving, I spent two months in the hospital and still have some paralysis. I did receive a severance from my employer, as i had been laid off in December, 2009. That may have been part of the reason my spouse left me.

Anyway, after months of physical and mental rehab, I got back into the political scene and started working for Gabby once again. I raised over $100,000 for her and maxed her out myself out of my severance, even though i still don't have work and could not qualify for state aid because of my severance.

She wins her re-election and told me she was still a supporter of Speaker Pelosi at her victory party. We talked about how Nancy Pelosi was a successful woman and accomplished oh so much in just four years as Speaker.

Today, just a little while ago, I saw on Andrea Mitchell Reports (out of the one eye in can still see out of) that Giffords voted AGAINST Nancy Pelosi as our Minority Leader. Rhetorical question:  I fought back from my condition and jumped in with both feet to help Gabrielle Giffords for THIS shit???

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dead to me now. I won't lift a finger, make one phone call, nor will i EVER vote for her in the future. And why did she do this? Giffords never told me she was conservative Democrat. And her voting record is okay. Damn.

Originally posted to BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:07 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

    by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:07:18 AM PST

    •  Look, it DOESN'T matter WHY (3+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, BoxerDave, happymisanthropy

      she did this or whom she voted for. It could have been Elvis or Jesus Christ...it accomplishes NOTHING but plays into the MEDIA NARRATIVE of Democrats against Pelosi. Just watch.

      Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

      by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:53:00 AM PST

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      •  BoyBlue, you stated (2+ / 0-)
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        her voting record is okay.

         If you are satisfied with the way she votes; why not vote for her again?

      •  Very very poor timing and (8+ / 1-)

        extremely poor choice of words BoyBlue especially now that she was assassinated an hour ago. Maybe you'll think twice before using terminology like this.

        Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dead to me now.

        The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

        by ferallike on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 11:30:12 AM PST

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        •  I have expressed how guilty i feel now. (2+ / 2-)
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          trashablanca, kestrel9000

          and i was going to be there and could have been shot myself. so leave me alone, please.

          Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

          by BoyBlue on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 12:13:38 PM PST

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          •  Pull your damn hydrate now (10+ / 0-)

            they are already claiming you did it at Free Republic.

            "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

            by trashablanca on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 12:19:29 PM PST

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            •  Ouch. (8+ / 0-)

              BoyBlue, you are now the subject of a right-wing smear.

              This is one of the many reasons everyone needs to cool it with the violent imagery when discussing politics, and leave that kind of stuff to the Teabaggers.

              "Fuck you you fucking sellout" would have worked just fine for your diary.

            •  I agree BoyBlue should pull his hydrate, BUT (1+ / 0-)
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              Yours is retaliatory and needs to be pulled as well - and not "only if he does".

              I'm guessing BoyBlue is having a pretty rough day without any help from you. Please consider pulling your inappropriate hydrate and walking away from this dispute.

            •  Apologies (2+ / 0-)
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              trashablanca, arpear

              I see he hydrated Ferallike, not you. S

            •  I really don't get it (0+ / 0-)

              Maybe all of this was posted in the heat of emotion after the shooting yesterday but here are the facts:

              BoyBlue did not shoot his congresswoman.

              BoyBlue did not threaten his congresswoman.

              BoyBlue was critical of his congresswoman but he never recommended "second amendment remedies" to deal with it, reading his past comments it is clear that he is a peaceful activist and does not endorse violence.

              BoyBlue may have used an unfortunate phrase to describe his frustration with his congresswoman but had yesterday's shooting not happened, no one would have had a problem with the use of that phrase.  If you think this is not correct, find me the comment from someone that criticized his use of that phrase with a timestamp prior to the shooting.  It is an old saying and merely a rhetorical device, it was clearly not meant literally (any more than someone using the phrase "eat sh** and die" actually wants the person they are addressing to eat sh** and die, or any other similar rhetorical device) and I am more shocked that so many here somehow seem to think that it was (i.e. "chilling") than I am shocked that the shooting happened.

              In the past few decades, right wingers - and only right-wingers - have been agitating for and encouraging political violence against "liberals," especially after the election of our first black president.  This kind of political violence is inevitable in the political climate that the right-wingers have fomented, it isn't a matter of if, it is only a matter of when, which is why yesterday's shooting doesn't surprise me at all as much as it saddens (and depresses) me.  And it will continue so long as leaders on the right stay silent and refuse to condemn the right's over-the-top, violence-inciting rhetoric, which is why it angers me that so many of you are coming after BoyBlue.  BoyBlue's diary is a red herring and those here that are critical of it and him are enabling the right to use it as such and are enabling a false equivalence.

              Any of us, including all of you and especially those of you that have been the most critical of BoyBlue's use of "dead to me," could have just as easily used a similar albeit regrettable turn of phrase about a politician and I would wager that many of you, over the years, have done just that.  Those of you that continue to criticize BoyBlue should first take care of the logs in your own eyes.

              Lecturing BoyBlue about using better language may sure make some folks feel superior but their lectures are not necessary.  BoyBlue is now acutely aware of the importance of the use of language and I am quite confident that the lesson has been learned in spades.  Don't add insult to injury by continuing to criticize.

              It was, I am sure, a regrettable choice of words but it was most certainly not a deathwish and Kossacks really need to stop perpetuating that right-wing smear about one of our own.

              If some nutjob decided to shoot some politician today that any of you have been especially critical of, could any of your comments or diaries be misconstrued as an incitement to violence, even by the narrowest of wing nut interpretations?

              This is a wake up call for all of us to realize how important the use of language is, not just BoyBlue.  BoyBlue is being smeared on the pages of right-wing sites and I for one and not willing to throw BoyBlue under the bus in some kind of display of "we're not like them" as so many here seem to be.  That is more shameful to me than BoyBlue's poor choice of words.

              I don't know BoyBlue and I've never read his diaries or comments until today.  But I will vigorously defend him from the hordes of both righties and lefties that are intent to support the false equivalence of right vs. left rhetoric.

              Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

              by democracy inaction on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 09:03:13 AM PST

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            •  and this site too (0+ / 0-)

              Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive - C.S.Lewis

              by GenuineRisk on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 07:21:50 AM PST

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          •  Your diary didn't cause this (3+ / 0-)

            Note that I'm not defending the ill advised "death" imagery that you used, just stating that it's quite a stretch to tie this shooting to that diary. Not that some folks won't do so.

            All that said, please remove your hydrate from trashablanca. It's against the rules to hydrate those you are in a dispute with, and that rule would clearly apply here.

            •  Trashablanca is not the one he HRed (1+ / 0-)
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              it really is that important

              It was me.

              The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

              by ferallike on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 01:20:47 PM PST

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            •  For what it is worth (0+ / 0-)

              I am NOT tying this shooting to his diary but rather pointing out that the language he used in his diary was a very poor choice as it is now being plastered all over the right wing web SINCE she was just shot.

              DailyKos Nutjob: ‘My CongressWOMAN Voted Against Nancy Pelosi! And is Now Dead to Me!’

              This should be an example to all to cease to use any kind of language concerning death or violence no matter how angry someone may become as it may come back to bite the commenter in the fanny.

              The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

              by ferallike on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 03:07:10 PM PST

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              •  The person in question doesn't have (1+ / 0-)
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                a national PAC, wasn't a major party VP nominee, and isn't paid to spew shrill nonsense on Faux News.

                Let's keep that in mind too.  The commenter in question, in addition to not having an enormous ( and shrill ) national megaphone, also happens to be posting after the alleged shooter is in custody.

              •  I agree with the general point (1+ / 0-)
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                But I'm pretty sure he didn't need any of us to point this out today. Maybe in a day or two the point could be made to the community at large, but there's one person who certainly didn't need any one here to say one word.

                When someone has fallen face down in a cow pattie through their own horrible carelessness, it's rarely necessary to rub the dung in to get the lesson across.

              •  It has now made the NYT (1+ / 0-)
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                WASHINGTON — Within minutes of the first reports Saturday that Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and a score of people with her had been shot in Tucson, pages began disappearing from the Web. One was Sarah Palin’s infamous “cross hairs” map from last year, which showed a series of contested Congressional districts, including Ms. Giffords’s, with gun targets trained on them. Another was from Daily Kos, the liberal blog, where one of the congresswoman’s apparently liberal constituents declared her “dead to me” after Ms. Giffords voted against Nancy Pelosi in House leadership elections last week.

                http://www.nytimes.com/...

                La complessità dei viventi è un dato di fatto. --emmecola

                by mem from somerville on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 07:20:10 PM PST

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                •  Article by Bai, one Kossack replied "Bai is dead (0+ / 1-)
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                  BoyBlue

                  to me"

                  Ironic, because the true point of Bai's article wasn't that BoyBlue was responsible, but that this tragic incident might become a turning point in  the discourse.

                  Instead, his article just became a target of the viscous discourse lamented, found both on the left and the right.

                  •  *WAS* responsible? um, Wha????? (0+ / 0-)

                    please retract that statement, fuckball.

                    Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

                    by BoyBlue on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:02:22 AM PST

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                    •  What are reading? Where did (0+ / 0-)

                      you get "was responsible" out of that?  The wording above is "wasn't responsible"....

                      Bottom line is you got upset over ONE vote among hundreds Giffords has cast, you overreacted, made a callous statement that you got called out on, and you've learned your lesson.  So you apologized.

                      Time to move on.

                      And tempting as it is I'm not going to sink to your level and resort to vulgarities.  That characteristic is what got you into all this trouble in the first place.

                      •  THE reason why I busted my ass and gave her money (0+ / 0-)

                        over the years WAS indeed because of those many good votes: pro-gay, pro-solar, pro-health care, etc. But read my defense of WHY i was upset. That one vote out of NINETEEN against Nancy, including the odious Heath Shuler, fed into the then media narrative of NINETEEN House Dems REVOLTING against our beloved Speaker Pelosi because the 111th House was "too liberal", health care too unpopular, and Pelosi way too far to the Left. Well, I wholeheartedly rejected that. Hence why i wrote the original diary and further explained it in my subsequent diary. Understand now???

                        Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

                        by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 04:59:22 PM PST

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          •  Figures jbou would uprate bullshit (0+ / 0-)

            prolly feels a consciousness of kind. Whadda genius.

            "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

            by trashablanca on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 06:15:21 PM PST

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          •  No HRing in your own diary. Pull (0+ / 0-)

            the HR.  Comment has been uprated for HR abuse.

            God is a concept by which we measure our pain -- John Lennon Oct. 9, 1940 - Dec. 8 1980

            by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 08:13:11 PM PST

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        •  As to timing... (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not sure BB could've known some lunatic asshole would shoot her today.

          But I do agree as to the language.

          More and Better Democrats

          by SJerseyIndy on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 01:35:22 PM PST

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  •  Why are you telling us this? (6+ / 0-)
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    wader, ybruti, murrayewv, bagman, BachFan, Nica24

    Call their office and let them know... handwrite this diary on stationary, sign, and hand deliver it to her field office.  Those kind of letters get attention.

    DARTH SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
    LANDO REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

    by LordMike on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:09:05 AM PST

  •  She voted for Rep. John Lewis (27+ / 0-)

    Not Shuler.  Statement:

    Congresswoman Giffords today cast a ceremonial vote in the process of confirming Rep. John Boehner as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    The congresswoman’s vote for Rep. John Lewis signaled her desire for courageous leadership and high moral standards at a critical time in our nation’s history. He is one of our nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders and a hero to all Americans.

    John Lewis spent a lifetime standing up for the enduring values that sets our nation apart from all others. He is widely admired by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both houses of Congress. Sen. John McCain, put it well in his 2004 book, “Why Courage Matters: the Way to a Braver Life.” Sen. McCain wrote that “John Lewis was as courageous as anyone could ever hope to be.”

    In words and deeds, John Lewis should be a clear and bright guiding light for every member of Congress and every American. His integrity and civility is an example for us all.

    •  I thought you meant against Pelosi as Min. Leader (3+ / 0-)
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      For THAT I could see your vitriol, but on this?

      What was essentially a coronation for Boehner? Not so much. Heck, she could have voted for Donkey Kong, and I wouldn't care much. [But I agree that Shuler would be a terrible choice.]

      We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

      by Samer on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:19:42 AM PST

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    •  well thanks for this but it is silly. (2+ / 0-)
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      why? because she is helping the media narrative that NINETEEN Democrats voted against Nancy Pelosi. I always knew Gabby wasn't the brightest bulb (but always voted correctly), but i must say, that vote and that statement, in lieu of how the media spins things like this is just....STUPID. And Pelosi has a LOOOONG memory and our CD is now at the bottom of the barrel because of this. She embarrassed the former Speaker, she embarrassed herself, and she embarrassed ME as a former supporter.

      Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

      by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:19:48 AM PST

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  •  A Couple Points (14+ / 0-)

    First: Giffords is an actual Blue Dog (not like the way Kossacks use it) so if you've worked so hard for her I don't know how you wouldn't know that.

    Second: She didn't vote for Shuler.  She voted for John Lewis; as did fellow Blue Dog John Barrow.

  •  Considering that much of Jesse Kelly's campaign (7+ / 0-)

    consisted of painting Gabby as a "Pelosi Democrat", can you conceive that the Lewis vote was for protective cover come 2012 ("I voted against Nancy Pelosi") and may even have been with the new Minority Leader's blessing?
    It's not like the vote was critical, or even close. Perhaps you're overreacting here.

    Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too. Townes van Zandt.

    by DaNang65 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:20:07 AM PST

    •  wrong. do YOU live here? (0+ / 0-)

      That was NOT a central tenet of his whacko campaign. Don't say shit unless you know, k???

      Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

      by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:29:35 AM PST

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      •  In fact I do live in Tucson, in CD-07, (2+ / 0-)
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        and heard a never ending stream of tv commercials by or on Kelley's behalf.
        Perhaps you think of Oro Valley as representative of CD-08, I think it's much more about Cochise County and the east side of town.

        Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too. Townes van Zandt.

        by DaNang65 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:34:12 AM PST

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        •  I know CD-07 better. I walked, er, limped it. (0+ / 0-)

          MANY times. And it is FULL of "Giffords Republicans." full of liberal Republicans in general? Do you know the names Jim Kolbe, Toni Hellon, and Mike Hellon???

          Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

          by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 12:04:33 PM PST

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          •  Is this some sort of twenty questions game? (1+ / 0-)
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            Do I get to ask any?
            Of course I know who Jim Kolbe is. Being in LD-27 I'm not as familiar with the Hellon's, but have a vague awareness of their existence.
            Now my turn. Why was it necessary to put the word CongressWOMAN in that capitalization? Should I infer something from your sig line?

            Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too. Townes van Zandt.

            by DaNang65 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 12:16:22 PM PST

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            •  we both had expressed admiration for a WOMAN (2+ / 0-)
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              Speaker and how things have come a long way. Then she throws Nancy under the bus? Giffords isn't qualified to carry Pelosi's Prada handbag.

              Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

              by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 01:40:45 PM PST

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              •  That's an acceptable explanation, although (0+ / 0-)

                it might have been better spelled out in the text. Obviously any inference I might have drawn would have been inappropriate.
                I still disagree with the necessary truth of your assertion that Rep. Giffords threw the former Speaker under the bus, and neither you nor I really know what, if any, transactions occurred privately between them.
                Politics ain't beanbag, as Mr. Dooley noted.

                Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too. Townes van Zandt.

                by DaNang65 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 01:58:42 PM PST

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            •  The inference I made.... (1+ / 0-)
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              to the capitalization is this:  Democratic women might want to support other Democratic women achieve as much power as possible in Congress (since women are underrepresented there).

              Should BoyBlue (and the other gays reading this diary's thread) infer something about comments in this thread which ask "Why are you telling us this?" (and thank you bagman for your appropriate reply to that question....I'd tip you 100xs for that if I could), or that make an ad hominmen attack on the diarist by suggesting he's hysterical (you know us gays, how fucking hysterical we can be) and needs to "calm down"?

              •  Oh, and might I add.... (1+ / 0-)
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                ...that five kossacks (I'm naming them in case they delete their tip) tipped the ad hominem comment.

                Adam B, homogenius, Annalize5, mcronan, bythesea, you should all be ashamed for tipping such an attack.

                •  It was an attack on the tone of the writing. (1+ / 0-)
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                  However, had I known the author was gay (I take your word for it), I wouldn't have tipped it b/c of the word hysterical -- nor do I like seeing it used against women.  For that reason, I'll pick up the rec.

                •  Thank you so much for ur support. (1+ / 0-)
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                  I appreciate it...bigtime. and, if you're gay like i am, even on progressive sites like this, we need to stick together. Giffords voted to repeal DADT and always accepted my being gay. THAT'S kinda why her vote "hurt" so much. I am bringing it up at our next local Democratic precinct meeting. Thanks again, Dave!!!!

                  Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

                  by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:01:48 PM PST

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                •  What was ad hominem about that comment (0+ / 0-)

                  in your opinion?

  •  Looking at previous diaries (4+ / 0-)
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    homogenius, Annalize5, mcronan, bythesea

    You seem to have a knack for writing alarmist, hysterical diaries. Have a nice cup of tea, watch a little TV, and calm down a little before writing diaries please.

  •  This is silly. (2+ / 0-)
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    This is a district vote and one that is meaningless because she knows Pelosi will get the Leader position anyway.  Giffords is a good one in a very red state (I live her too).  It's standard fair to allow the purple districts to take some "face-saving" votes.

  •  It's a meaningless gesture (2+ / 0-)
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    and doesn't affect her important votes (such as her vote for DADT repeal ).

    And next election you will have the choice of her or Jesse Kelly again.

    I'm in Gabby's district now, and she has always been a blue dog - but she has always been the politican that saves us from the Jesse Kelly's of Arizona.

    John McCain is deeply disappointed that Barack Obama has failed to follow through on John McCain's campaign promises.

    by tiponeill on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 12:03:23 PM PST

  •  Don't write a just diary about it.... (2+ / 0-)
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    tiponeill, BoyBlue

    ....Write her an email. Easy enough to find the necessary link.

    www.house.gov

    Then look for her name and go to her website; then check for a Contact link.

    Someone who has given her as much support as you should make an impression if you complain.

    And....just a suggestion....ease off a bit from now on. You shouldn't beggar yourself supporting any political candidate. Direct more of your money and your energy to your your own concerns and good health.

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 12:28:13 PM PST

  •  After reading your diary, and.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...nearly all of the comments in this thread, you deserve an empathic response from me BoyBlue.  I'll do my best; here goes.

    That Giffords did not bother to return your call after all the work you did for her, says something about her.  If I had worked for her as you did, and if she had, after all my hard work, not returned my telephone call, I'd be furious with her.  You'd be crazy not to be angry about that.  

    Thanks for writing this diary and for putting her name on my radar; I knew little about her before this diary/diary thread.

    You certainly don't need to be asked "Why are you telling us this?", or "have a cup of tea" and chill out (not sure if there's some subtext to those comments or not, but the thread, overall, has put me in a surly mood). Some people are cruel motherfuckers; but, you know this.  

    Stay strong; stay active; stay vocal.  

    •  thank you for the VERY kind words!!!!!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      BoxerDave

      : )

      Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

      by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 01:44:32 PM PST

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    •  you are sooo cool and sweet!!! thank you again!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      BoxerDave

      my facebook, if ur interested, can be found at my private email:
      joeystuart@gmail.com

      You keep the faith, too, buddy!!!

      Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

      by BoyBlue on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:04:15 PM PST

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    •  sorry my facebook can be found at: (0+ / 0-)

      joeystuart9@gmail.com

      left out the 9 the first time.

      Not a single issue voter, but if I was, gay rights would be it. I just want Democrats to be tough. And I wish Obama were tougher. That's all. I'm a proud gay!

      by BoyBlue on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 08:36:56 AM PST

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  •  What's your feelings now she IS dead? (2+ / 0-)
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    Words aren't always just words.

    If I were a praying person, I'd pray for both of your souls.

  •  Thank you for having this diary reposted. (10+ / 0-)

    DeFEUDIATE MY FSCKING AWESOME BLOG, KOSsacks!!!

    Peace?

    by aoeu on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 07:57:08 PM PST

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