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Meet Dan Lispinski, of Illinois' third Congressional district. He is a Democrat who won 70% of the vote in 2012, and Obama won the district by over 13 points. Yet, somehow he's too cowardly to take a stand against Republicans' disgusting intentions to deport kids who were brought here by their parents and know no other country. He voted "present," which basically a way of saying "I'm a highly-paid public servant who's too chicken-shit to even form an opinion about a major issue."

Here are some other interesting tidbits about this so-called "Democrat:"

He is pro-life
He voted AGAINST ObamaCare
He didn't endorse Obama's reelection in 2012.

Do they not have primaries in Illinois? I hate to get all lefty Tea Party, but why aren't Democrats primarying this asshole? He's in a safely blue seat, and he's awful. Get rid of him.

I think Stephen Wolf put it best:

"Can you imagine Rs not primarying someone from a safe district who voted for Obamacare & continually voted w/ Dems or present? Me neither..."


Would you donate money to a liberal primary challenger to Dan Lipinski in 2016?

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  •  Oh Fuck him. I'm having a really hard time (10+ / 0-)

    swalloing some of John Garamendi's votes lately. It truly is WTF?

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 09:42:36 PM PDT

  •  I have to assume you know the history... (9+ / 0-)

    ...of how he came from I think Tennessee when his father, Bill Lapinski decided he wanted to retire and bequeath his congressional seat to his son. The father won the democratic primary, the real race in this heavily democratic district, and then retired and then through machine politics put his son on the ballot as his replacement.  Dan the lesser had never run, let alone held a public office before the nepotism gave him this current gig.  So he got in on dishonesty.  What do you expect from that start.

    Also I believe his district is heavily polish so any ski will do.  The machine loves him even though he is strongly anti choice and anti immigrant, well brown immigrants at least. And every time it looks like a strong challenger shows up in the primary one or more 'other' democratic candidates show up to dilute the vote, all with machine origins.

    This is why it is nearly impossible to get democrats elected in the suburbs, at least dupage county, because all they have to say is look do you want to be ruled by corrupt politicians like in Chicago.  Ignoring the fact that republicans in the suburbs are just as corrupt.

    I used to like jan schakowski but after her support of rearming Israel I don't think I can support even her let alone durbin, Duckworth or the rest of the 'democratic' slop we put up with in Illinois. And to think I used to volunteer for these people, And don't get me started on the republicans.  What a fucking craven bunch.  I think I am not long for politics.  It is pointless,  no one is working for the poor anymore.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 10:06:57 PM PDT

  •  Oh and before someone else... (10+ / 0-)

    ...brings this up. Illinois is not a great democratic state, it is a great machine politics state.  Either party would do as long as the politicians get paid off with money, power and influence.  Just ask Vrdolyak about party loyalty.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 10:14:52 PM PDT

    •  Maryland is not far behind some other (2+ / 0-)
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      alypsee1, delver rootnose

      States with established machines. Do not be fooled. Marty O'Malley may push some progressive issues, but it's less a state of Dems than a state of lifers.

      Example e.g., its disgraceful that employers can steal back vacation time and its legal (hat is, state law does not protect it as an earning).

      That is not evidence of a serious progressive administration when the fix is so simple.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Sat Aug 02, 2014 at 05:18:20 AM PDT

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  •  Dems are afraid of Cons that say ignorant sh*t ... (1+ / 0-)
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    alypsee1 this: "In other words, Mr. Speaker, we will put a handcuff on one of the president's hands" Bachmann. Why she didn't add "and a bit in his mouth" only she knows.

    I'd miss this third Stooge...if they didn't have a deep bench of stooges.

  •  This is the kind of guy who will vote with the (0+ / 0-)

    GOP when the Democrats take over the House in 2014.  Is it worth the time, money and effort to unseat him now with another Democrat.  We need to inform guys like this that we are keeping a Liberal eye on him and he needs to be a realiable vote on the big issues supported by  President Obama, the Democratic Party and our American people.  People, Party, President, Mr. Lipinski, respect it or leave it, now or later as the case may be.  Could he be  a Kocher in Democrat clothing?  The Koch money hoard owns many the polititian, and we need to put them on notice that we will take the fight directly to their constituents, those who vote them into office and they will actually have to account for their anti-constituent votes.  See Lincoln, the movie, for a taste of what politics can look like in the raw.  Now and then we need to hit the decks and confront the GOP and their Democrats in name only rattlesnake allys, where they live.  Let them have to defend the indefensible in front of those who will vote them up or down by secret ballot.  We will display American democracy for all to see and study.

  •  Well said (1+ / 0-)
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    Well said

  •  Don't know anything about Lipinski, (0+ / 0-)

    but I did find this diary from 2011 about a primary challenger with cred and money, who apparently couldn't fight his machine.

    Oh, well, let's keep trying.

    'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none go just alike, yet each believes his own. - Alexander Pope

    by liberaldad2 on Sat Aug 02, 2014 at 08:50:14 AM PDT

  •  Dems certainly can't compete with (0+ / 0-)

    the GOP's deep bench of batshit-crazies and personality disorders, but they certainly have their share of trembling impostors and DINOs.

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