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I normally like Steve Kornacki, he does good work, in particular has been excellent in covering the Chris Christie Bridgegate Scandal.  And I'm a fan of MSNBC, almost all their shows.  But the interview conducted last week by Steve Kornacki of Progressive Candidate Marianne Williamson for Congress representing California's 33rd District was disgraceful and exhibited everything that is wrong with MSNBC, everything that is wrong with our news channels as long as they strive to be "entertaining".  Fortunately, Marianne is such a strong and forceful personality that she took him to the woodshed and refused to fall into a trivialization of both the people she represents and the issues facing our country today.

California's 33rd District has been for years represented by Henry Waxman, who is retiring this year.  It is a district that comprises 52 zip codes yet MSNBC felt it necessary to call it Congress: 90210 and keep that on the screen through most of the interview.  It is a district filled with hard working Angelenos from all walks for life yet MSNBC felt it smart and funny to call it the Botox Belt.  It was meant to trivialize Marianne as a candidate, trivialize the district in particular and trivialize Los Angeles in general.  I ask you, who is more trivial, the person who decides to implant Botox or the person who cares about someone else's personal decision, someone they don't even know.  I don't care much about Kim Khardasian, but I have more respect for her than I do for the countless writers at Huff Post who obsess over her every public appearance.  

That MSNBC and Kornacki would try to trivialize Marianne Williamson is especially disturbing.  We have in Marianne a truly exceptional Progressive candidate, one who has a unique ability, on the level of Senator Warren, to clearly articulate a problem and offer common sense solutions in a way that can be understood and be persuasive to all Americans despite their party affiliation.  She an extremely persuasive speaker who could become a far more effective Progressive spokesperson in the House than either Keith Ellison or Alan Grayson (both have endorsed her).  She is the only candidate I know of who has made the issue of money in politics the centerpiece of her campaign since it undermines any chance we have of real solutions to Climate Change, Universal Healthcare, protecting our food sources...and offers the only practical solution to overcome the Supreme Court decision - a constitutional amendment.  

In her candidacy we have someone we should be championing, not someone to be treated as a political sideshow.  She rightfully puts Kornacki in his place.  I urge everyone to look into her campaign, vote for her if you are in the CA 33rd, or if you have friends living there to urge them to get out and vote.  



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  •  I 'm nearly 67, and have seen a lot of pols (15+ / 0-)

    come and go. I am VERY excited by some of the new Democrats who are stepping up to replace us boomers and pre-boomers, and I wish Ms Williamson every success.

    I have always been astounded by the number of "conservatives" and brainless conformist non-thinkers among my boomers...I wish and hope you all can do better for OUR country...Get these right wing scum out of government.

    Retired AFSCME Steward and Union Thug
    former bar band musician social worker and
    dog rescuer.

    How I HATE the word DUDE...moronic western big hat bullshit.

    by old mark on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 07:15:51 AM PDT

  •  i'll look into the links. (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Jon Sitzman, 88kathy

    i remember Marianne's writing around Course in Miracles back in the day.  i didn't know she was running for office.

    "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

    by kj in missouri on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 07:21:51 AM PDT

  •  I have a special spot in my heart (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Jon Sitzman, PatConnors

    for Marianne Williamson. I like her a lot. I watched the interview and was very impressed with what she had to say. I also like Steve Kornaki. He made some good points as well. But Marianne answered smartly. I'll be watching this race.

    Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will

    by miracle11 on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 07:31:29 AM PDT

  •  yes and no (2+ / 0-)
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    Jon Sitzman, eternallyvigilant

    I agree, she presented well, especially when she pushed back on Kornacki's juvenile, gossip-column style intro. Very well. But I dislike your use of the word "....schools..." in the title in that it seems to imply the very same "game" of which Williamson speaks.  

    Regarding the candidate, she's extremely talented with a strong coherence to her progressive beliefs. She's got strong organizational skills on a small scale (e.g., Course in Miracles org) and obviously she's a skilled orator. However, these may be traits of a successful politician but minor ones, IMHO. Team work, influence and power building & peddling, the building and utilization of debt, alliances, and political capital, financial mgmt...

    A great mind is a terrible thing to waste in a job that calls for a whole different set of skills...

  •  Astute Observer (3+ / 0-)

    I think you may have just won that district for Marianne Williamson. Talk about being prepared for an opportunity.

    Steve Kornacki is a master at the game called, "Ratings." I get it, you don't agree with his tactics, but his survival depends on ratings.  

    We still gravitate towards political soap-opera drama until we flip the script, this is it!

    You must admit, it was fun defending Marianne Williamson, because she is worthy.

  •  Having been exposed to "A Course In Miracles" (3+ / 0-)

    in the early 90s--I think the copy my significant-ex gave me is still gathering dust on some bookshelf here-- I am deeply, deeply suspicious of anyone associated with that or any other of the nearly-uncountable tomes of verbiage-fluffed pseudospiritual blather that were pumped out of the pop-psych "culture" of the era like popcorn from a hot-air-popper. (A couple of which IIRC were authored by Ms Williamson herself.)

    That said, I'm a performance-oriented person. If a Representative Williamson would well & forcefully advocate progressive Democratic values  & consistently vote in like fashion, that would be fine by me. (Not that my opinion matters, since I don't live in the district, but even so.)


    by Uncle Cosmo on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 09:03:45 AM PDT

    •  A Course In Miracles is only a book. (2+ / 0-)
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      Marianne Williamson has written books.
      Marianne Williamson did not write A Course In Miracles.
      Marianne Williamson is a much better speaker than she is a writer. And she is not too shabby of a writer.

      I was real mean to my ex- too. I gave him a copy knowing that if I did he would never read it. Oh, and I gave him my well read copy so it would look like he had read it. I guess you could say that is the meanest thing I ever did. I have gotten beyond that now.

      Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

      by 88kathy on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 10:25:44 AM PDT

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  •  Without having researched the discussion, (0+ / 0-)

    I'm surprised at this... Kornacki is usually more reasonable and, one would think, tolerant.

    How children dance to the unlived lives of their parents. Rilke

    by ceebee7 on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 11:41:20 AM PDT

  •  I too was offended by how Steve Kornacki (0+ / 0-)

    seemed to be belittling her. This is not the first time I have felt this with Steve. I started to write him about it, but don't think I ever finished. If you don't know what a powerful speaker Marianne Williamson is, I suggest you watch some of the talks she gave a various Occupy's on YouTube. BTW, this quote that is often attributed to Nelson Mandela's first inaugural address is actually by Marianne:

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