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This is not going to be much of a post, and I'm post-deadline a couple of ways anyway. Maybe I'll make a mistake or two. But there's a big deadline elsewhere to-day too, so I've got to make the time.

I have to admit that after some subconscious dormancy, the ramifications of the Zephyr Teachout for Governor of the State of New York campaign has registered on my radar at last. I'm intrigued by the prospects as well as the history as she files her petitions to put herself on the ballot--against fellow Democrat and Governor Andrew Cuomo--in the State's Democratic gubenatorial primary.

Have I really known (or at least known of) Teachout for over a decade now? That's time for you. I was supporting John Kerry in 2004, when this site was new, and Teachout was an arch-Deaniac.

I'm a lot older than Teachout and I thought at the time that the zeal of the Deaniacs meant trouble for Kerry, who at least wasn't George Bush. But it's a decade later and I've only grow to share some of the misgivings Teachout has for corruption and the see-no-evil stylings of either side of the aisle, including ours. God, how could you not? California has been rocked by Democratic scandal after scandal, and as someone closer than most to the various proceedings, I can only say that Dems in the state are skating compared to where they could be.

So Teachout is filing her petitions this afternoon--and she appears to have enough.

She got a good shout-out in the New York Observer just to-day from Manhattan Council alum Robert Jackson.

When I heard that Teachout was nearing her petition filing date, the first thing I thought was, "I'd better check DailyKos" to see how people are receiving the news. I did.  Didn't find much--but maybe I'm missing something.  I know I'm not one of those Internet-savvy Deaniacs of yesteryear that I fretted about in 2004.

But I'll say this: to me, despite all the obvious political effrontery, and the potential damage it could do to Cuomo if this actually goes well, this is welcome news.  Over the years, Teachout has been accessible and friendly despite some differences of opinion. My own personal theory of politics involves personal responsibility and ethics, and in those departments I have full confidence in her.

So now I'm tuned in, and I'll be watching a little more closely. How about those people who were here a decade ago? I'm wondering especially what they're thinking.

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  •  If there is to be a significant choice, there (7+ / 0-)

    have to be many candidates.
    The Democratic party is opposed to primaries, 'cause they throw control from the party to the voters. If we're going to have government BY the people, then parties are superfluous.

    by hannah on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:25:14 PM PDT

  •  In Florida (8+ / 0-)

    we are supposed to accept the inevitability of Charlie Crist as the nominee. The governorship is held by an incumbent Republican but the Democratic party ignores a Democratic state Senator, Nan Rich. Crist won't even debate Rich. We're not supposed to even notice them throwing a grandmother under the bus. No, the only thing happening is the coronation.

    Libertarian? Libertine!

    by Jake Bodhi on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:05:59 PM PDT

  •  withholding commen/t (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 03:12:32 PM PDT

  •  I'm voting for her; not sure of her chances (5+ / 0-)
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    dfarrah, Patango, Chi, joseph, TiaRachel

    Schools are one place where she is absolutely right and the hollowness of the DINO establishment (including Cuomo, Arne Duncan and Rahm Emmanuel for sure , maybe BO and HRC too) is appalling.

    Even now Republicans are beginning to run against some aspects of "Ed Reform", blaming its failures on the Democrats, even though its all a Republican think tank scam.

    I'm a parent of a kid in NYC Public Schools. Its revolting to see how much support "Democrats for Ed Reform" or whatever they are calling themselves are getting.  

    In Cuomo's case it is crystal clear he is listening to BIG REPUBLICAN DONORS like Ken Langone.  Cuomo raised over $1 Million from Charter School lovers (who don't send their kids to charter schools) and then said NYC couldn't charge charter schools rent.  That takes from my kid and the other 1,000,000 kids in NYC public schools.

    And then there's Cuomo's endorsement of crap about 'teacher evaluation systems'.  The asswipe Cuomo sent his kids to private schools and then wants to curry Republican favor by bashing the teachers' union.  But the cost is to take away a month of education from public schools to comply with these stupid, ill-designed red herring laws.

    But obviously Cuomo is gonna try and kill her - challenge her petitions, challenge her eligibility and he'll spend $10,000,000 to attack her if that doesn't work.

    Every elected Democrat in NY State is afraid of him.  That's why no electeds are primarying him. That's why the Working Families Party endorsed him and not Teachout.  Fear.

    Remember when another onetime Democrat NY Governor said "We have nothing to Fear but Fear itself".  Well Andrew Cuomo is nothing but fear.

    •  Was Teachout running at the time of WFP endorsemen (0+ / 0-)

      t? I thought that came before she announced.

      "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24

      by Chi on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 08:13:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  She ran for WFP. Cuomo split it and won. (1+ / 0-)
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        He seems to have cajoled some of the union leaders - I assume a combination of threats and promises - in the WFP.

        He also said something like he'd 'work toward' a Democratic State Senate. Etc etc. No real evidence he will keep any of the promises made to WFP. He doesn't seem to be working against traitor Dems in state senate (who caucus with Repubs).

        Cuomo got 58% of WFP delegates.

  •  There definitely needs (1+ / 0-)
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    to be some serious turnover of entrenched dems both in elective office or those who influence the party [like the Clintons].

    I hope she wins.

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:57:25 PM PDT

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