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Blue Dog, AIPAC sock puppet, ConservaDem, Brad Schneider, will be my choice next November when, with one hand firmly pinching my nose, I vote for my Representative in the 113th Congress. I encourage all other voters in the Illinois 10th Congressional District to support Mr. Schneider with enthusiasm at least equal to mine.

Running in a contentious and crowded Democratic Primary field, Mr. Schneider's campaign portrayed him as a lifelong progressive, as he fended off a strong push from a much younger and genuinely progressive challenger. After winning the primary, the word "progressive" seems to have disappeared from Mr. Schneider's lexicon.

This poll suggests that Mr. Schneider can win this seat. First term Republican incumbent, Robert Dold, is vulnerable but will have formidable Super PAC support in the air war. Still, Mr. Schneider is likely to win in November. He will vote with the Democratic Congress and help give the Speaker's gavel back to Nancy Pelosi, where it belongs. That's good enough for me. I'm voting for Brad Schneider.  

P.S.   Regarding that AIPAC sock puppet thing, follow me out onto the back porch.  

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Mr. Schneider is an

active member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), including a founding member of the New Leadership Network (NLN)
I roamed around AIPAC's website, but couldn't really get much insight into how the outfit operates. I found a reference in their style manual to "New Leadership Network" as a frequently used term, but little else about the "network" including at a link (mislabeled I think) titled "How We Work".

Then I discovered a job description in AIPAC's career page and things came more into focus. It turns out that AIPAC carries out its "education" programs, i.e. lobbying, through

two national political education programs, The New Leadership Network and the Congressional Club.
Mr. Schneider is running for Congressman as a business man and moderate Democrat who is strong on women's issues and equality (his "progressive" streak). But it seems that he is also a lobbyist for AIPAC.

I support a two state solution for Israel and have always supported pro-Israel candidates. I do not by any means think that AIPAC is wrong about everything, but, unlike Mr. Schneider, I cannot accept that AIPAC is right about everything. AIPAC will no doubt make many toasts the night, Brad Schneider, one of their own is elected to Congress with the help of my vote. At my house, the reaction to Mr. Schneider's election will be more bittersweet.  

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Save the U.S. Postal Service, an august, efficient, trusted and indispensable American institution.

    by LeftOfYou on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 01:12:08 PM PDT

  •  Better Democrats? meh (6+ / 0-)

    I published this to Better Democrats because any Democrat in a Congressional seat is preferable to a Republican in that seat in the critically important 113th Congress.  

    Save the U.S. Postal Service, an august, efficient, trusted and indispensable American institution.

    by LeftOfYou on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 01:14:30 PM PDT

  •  Once Primary Time Is Past, All Dems Are Repub- (11+ / 0-)

    blockers so we have to put every one we can into office.

    After election day, it's a whole nuther ball game, it's time to do a lot of organizing and building outside the party in order to create better Democrats to have as choices next time.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 01:18:22 PM PDT

  •  Consider this: Speaker Pelosi (6+ / 0-)

    Every House seat that is filled by a Dem of any flavor is another seat towards returning the Speaker's Gavel to Nancy Pelosi.

    After two years of Boehnor, I would think should be sufficient motivation no matter how jaded one feels about his or her House candidate.

  •  Larry Kissell (1+ / 0-)
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    might be about 15% better than Brad
    maybe my nose won't hurt as much

  •  Just be careful he's a blocker and not an enabler (1+ / 0-)
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    I mean there's no point in being more loyal to the party than the Democrat on the ballot. My Senator keeps telling us she is bipartisan.  Earth to party can't you find a partisan candidate?  

  •  Actually, it's not quite true. New Leadership (2+ / 0-)
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    LeftOfYou, efraker

    Network has nothing to do with lobbying. It's a networking and fundraising organization for AIPAC. It's mostly used for fundraising (sort of similar to 'Bush Rangers' etc.) and its members are lawyers, businessmen and other people with money.

  •  I checked out his Web site (1+ / 0-)
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    Issues include:

    "As a member of Congress, I believe my first responsibility is to be a strong voice for restoring our middle class, while making sure we maintain robust safety nets for the most vulnerable among us. "

    "I believe in a woman’s fundamental right to make her own decisions about her body and her health, free from intrusion by the government.  We must diligently protect women’s access to comprehensive health care, including family planning, birth control, and safe, legal abortion."

    "LGBT Equality & Civil Rights: All Americans are entitled to equal treatment and recognition under the law. It is unjust, un-American and simply wrong for our government to pass laws that treat citizens differently based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression."

    "As a member of Congress I will pursue common sense gun policy including initiatives such as the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act and reinstatement of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban."

    "I am proud that we, as a country, have sustaining programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, TANF and FEMA. I believe our claim to national greatness is threatened when we fail to recognize the less fortunate among us."

    On Israel, he says "I will also be a leading voice in Congress, strongly advocating for continued U.S. engagement in creating the opportunities for a true and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, living together as two free and secure states.  In addition, I will focus on the need to maintain the durability and quality of peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, and to pursue peace with Israel’s other Arab neighbors."

    The guy is willing to mention abortion rights, repealing DOMA and gun control on his campaign site, and is acknowledging the need for a Palestinian state, and you're complaining because he's involved with AIPAC?

    •  Also (0+ / 0-)

      Mr Schneider will caucus with the New Democratic Coalition, not the Congressional Progressive caucus and will be a very wobbly vote on regulating Wall Street and better tax policy (beyond letting the Bush upper cuts expire). He is also likely to be trouble in the next Congress's health care debate. I noted in the post that he is good on choice and equality.

      He will be a huge hawk for causing trouble with Iran. Don't expect him to support putting pressure on Israel to relent on things like settlements and other impediments to a two state solution.

      I will vote for Mr. Schneider and will be disappointed in him a lot less than the present, Republican incumbent. But he will disappoint me often.  

      Save the U.S. Postal Service, an august, efficient, trusted and indispensable American institution.

      by LeftOfYou on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:22:15 PM PDT

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