It's Important to Rescue the Frog

The CA coast portion of the CTG tour is on now. Today we'll be in LA for events, and them moving up the coast to Santa Barbara on Saturday, Pacific Grove & Santa Cruz (in some local bar) on Sunday, and Menlo Park on Monday, check Crashing The Gate for details.

Last night, a bash at Norman and Lyn Lear's house, with help from Ariana Huffington, and my main selling point was to let the people there (many of them influential funders) know that if they want to see a change in the way Democratic campaigns are waged, they've got to start demanding it from the candidates, especially in dealing with the gawd-awful commission racket. Otherwise, the Gravy Train is going to keep on continuing, because in large part, harkening to the Ghandi quote, the business as usual consultants are just ignoring us, and hoping the call for change goes away. Also, I got the chance to meet with Ned Lamont, whom needs no intro around here, but his commitment to rekindling the Democratic cause in Connecticut was great to see firsthand.

The later part of the evening included a viewing of Al Gore's new movie, An Inconvenient Truth. At some point soon, this nation has got to awaken to the awful truth that we are changing the planet radically. There's a stellar point in the film when Al Gore talks about decisions reaching the point of having real life consequences, and we are clearly at that point.

The other point that struck me about the film, was Al Gore saying that after the election was unconstitutionally given to Bush by the Supreme Court, that Gore reflected on 'what to do', and he then "turned back to the slide show" about the environmental situation we face. It just made me think, why wasn't this matter pushed forward more during the Clinton years Al? And it's probably precisely because it was the "Clinton years".

I am not a determinist, and have real hope that we can find it within ourselves to take the sort of transformative vision that Mark Warner blogged about the other day on DailyKos, defeat the blindful conservative agenda, and put the enviro-minded changes needed into practice. If it takes 20 feet of rising sea levels to awake this nation to the consequences of not participating in politics to make the change happen, then Democrats, not just Republicans, will have failed.

Tags: Al Gore, Arrianna Huffington, Crashing the Gate, mark warner, Ned Lamont, Norman Lear (all tags)

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Re: It's Important to Rescue the Frog

In case I didn't make it clear in my review, as the title of this post shows (you'll understand when you see the film), 'An Inconvenient Truth' is actually really funny. The crowd I saw it with, of course, is probably more open to Al Gore's personal brand of humor than most, but there were more than a few spots that had everyone laughing out loud.

by Scott Shields 2006-04-21 08:17AM | 0 recs
Why do GOP media consultants do flat fee?

I assume it's the 15% thing you're talking about when you mention

the gawd-awful commission racket.

My understanding is that it's only Dem consultants who work that way - and that their GOP counterparts take a fee unrelated to the cost of TV spots a campaign uses.

Is that right? If so, why? Did both parties historically work on a percentage, but the GOP got wise and changed the basis, but the Dems didn't change?

Or what?

Since there are obviously people around here who know, I'm asking rather than searching!

by skeptic06 2006-04-21 08:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Why do GOP media consultants do flat fee?

The GOP is in the process of adapting to the fee rather than commission for basis of pay to media consultants, so yes, they are ahead of the Dems on this  strategic issue. The best example was the Kerry vs Bush contest. In the business world, commissions were done away with a decade ago.

by Jerome Armstrong 2006-04-21 08:42AM | 0 recs
Re: It's Important to Rescue the Frog

Maybe it is inevitable but in in an ideal world candidates for the US Senate in Connecticut would campaign with the voters instead of in living rooms in Hollywood.  I guess after we have stopped various wars, ended bigotry, provided for living wages, etc., we can tackle campaign finance again.

Seriously, this is no knock on Ned Lamont or anyone else but I have seen/known candidates who went to so many fundraisers at rich peoples' homes that it did start to throw thier worldview out of whack.  The last candidate I remember who actually sought out poor people to campaign amongst was Robert Kennedy.  I don't have a good solution but it is a problem.  

by howardpark 2006-04-21 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: It's Important to Rescue the Frog

You are so right about the frog. I'm training myself, every time I'm anywhere near the ocean to visualize just how much land will be gone in my (relatively short) life expectancy. It is an instructive exercise, useful for overcoming inertia.

by janinsanfran 2006-04-21 01:31PM | 0 recs

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