We Will All Win, Eventually

Today, in just three divisions (precincts) available to me, Kevin and I pulled over 100 votes. With only 27-01, 27-02, and 27-23 reporting, we have reached roughly 110 votes. And that is only three divisions (precincts). We won, and we won huge. We accomplished exactly what I had hoped--win the election in our home precincts, with all outside assistance as frosting / margin for error. It is over. We won. I feel like crying. I honestly cannot believe this happened. I accepted Kevin's offer to run less than eight days ago. I will now serve on the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. The city, the state, and the nation will change as a result. I promise everyone that.

I need to produce a full write-up of what was an absolutely extraordinary day for me, but that will wait until tomorrow. First, I want to say something about those candidates who were less fortunate tonight.
Anne Dicker came within three hundred votes of taking the Pennsylvania Democratic Party by storm tonight. She defeated a candidate who raised $250K, despite only raising a few thousand herself. She came in second--but ahead of the party-backed candidate. Her campaign manager, Jen Murphy, will be serving on the State Democratic Committee along with me. The party lost to both labor and the netroots. All the money in the world, and all the establishment support in the world, is officially good for last place. Change or become irrelevant.

Tony Payton Jr. will win handily tonight. Here is a simple lesson for all Democratic establishments everywhere: challenge insurgents at your own risk. Challenge the ballot status of insurgents, and become challenged yourselves. You tried to kick Tony off the ballot, and so he responded by challenging the ballot status of the party-backed candidate. In the end, he stayed on the ballot, and you were kicked off, even though you instigated the challenge. Now, he will serve in the Pennsylvania state legislature. From now until the ending of the world, every Democratic insurgent should follow Tony's example. If you are pushed by the Democratic establishment, push back with equal force. Any ballot challenge to a reformer should be met with a ballot challenge to the establishment. Victory can unexpectedly result.

Let this also be a lesson to any Democratic establishment that does not care about making every vote count. At around 8:30 am today, I was ready to declare massive voter fraud in my campaign, because both of the machines in my district were not allowing write-in votes. Worried that darker forces had tried to keep Kevin and I from taking office by screwing with our machines, I spent much of the morning on the phone with the board of elections and with committee people in other divisions (precincts) in our ward. Eventually, it became apparent to me that the voting machine problems I was experiencing were not he result of foul play, but instead the result of an apathetic and incompetent election system in Philadelphia that really did not give a rat's ass whether. everyone had the right to vote or not. You machine is busted? Take a number. Only part of your machine is busted? Well, then we will never get to you. You reported these same problems last year? Well, we didn't do anything about them. You think this is causing disenfranchisement? Who cares. You represent a massive new media force than can expose our incompetence and general apathy? Yes, sir, we will fix your machines right away sir. Please don't blog about this sir.

The funny thing is, of course, is that this general apathy toward trying to revamp the electoral system, combined with the attempt to remove Tony from the ballot, further guaranteed the establishment defeat in the 179th district. Fist, they tried to force a challenger off the ballot, and instead found themselves off the ballot. Then. Their own incompetence in running an equitable electoral system guaranteed that they write-in campaign they attempted against Tony would fail. They screwed up the filing process and the voting process, and now defeat in the 179th is the price they will pay. Hopefully, all challengers to hollow shells of Democratic machines across the nation will respond in in Tony Payton style fashion.

Let me also say something about Chuck Pennacchio. Were it not for mavericks such as Chuck Pennacchio willing to take on long-shot campaigns, it is difficult to imagine that nearly as many new committee people would be ready to take office for Democrats tomorrow. I know I wouldn't. Were it not for people such as Chuck who are clearly unafraid to stand for what they believe in, and who are so clearly unafraid to run ground-based, grassroots campaigns, I doubt that even half of the new committee people in Philadelphia would be taking office tomorrow. Instead, the Democratic activists of Philadelphia would simply become even older and more resistant to change.

Let me also say something about Valerie McDonald Roberts, who won my ward with 67% of the vote. Always, do the right thing instead of the popular thing. Yes, the party can still stop you, but only when the same media that endorses you does not bother to cover local politics to any serious degree. The media remains a gatekeeper, but even the media is not enough. Also,\even with the endorsement of every major newspaper and blog, the party still won out easily. If the party believes it can defeat the media, and if the media believes it can do what it right by the electorate, then both groups are right. Neither source of power has to suck up to one another. Do the right thing, and you will be rewarded. Papers do not have to settle for machine candidates, and the party does not have to do what the media demands. Lapdogs benefit no one, if they are establishment media or establishment political party.

And let me close by saying this: we will all win, eventually. With few exceptions, all of the challengers who ran against the party establishment today will prove victorious in the long run. While victories such as mine were rare, all of the progressive and reform defeats will eventually succeed as long as the people who participated in those losses keep trying. If there is one thing the establishment is not prepared for, it is a dedicated group of people who will keep trying to win even after temporary setbacks. Even if our victories are few, our victories will keep multiplying as long as we keep running. Hell, that is probably how the establishment came to power in the first place. As soon as it is clear that you will win sometimes, and that you will not be deterred even when you do not win, eventually those in power have no choice but to accept that you have a role in determining the future of the party. Give up easily, and be defeated easily. Never give up, and eventually you will govern.

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64 Comments

Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

Congrats Chris! You're really an inspiration to all of us. Enjoy the victory. God knows we haven't had a whole lot of them to celebrate lately. Hopefully yours is the first of many to come.

by who threw da cat 2006-05-16 09:54PM | 0 recs
congratulations!

What a feeling, huh?

by cos 2006-05-16 09:58PM | 0 recs
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Bravo. Bravissimo.

Now, everybody else,

Know someone who lives overseas?
Send them this message.

U.S. Citizen Overseas?
You are the Decider
Register to vote in 06
http://www.VoteFromAbroad.org/

by jlmccreery 2006-05-16 10:11PM | 0 recs
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On a related PA primary note, it appears that Senate Majority Leader Brightbill lost his primary. That in itself is shocking and a win.

by Matt42 2006-05-16 10:18PM | 0 recs
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Rock out, Chris.

by Matt Stoller 2006-05-16 10:31PM | 0 recs
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Even though I don't live in PA, your story picks me up. Thanks for stepping up to the plate for all of us.

by Sitkah 2006-05-16 10:55PM | 0 recs
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Unfortunately out here in WA the state committee people are elected by the county organizations. Since so many county's on the wrong side of the mountains consist of 5 or 6 rethuglicans playing at being D's they are in the pocket of the state party leader. it is a self reinforcing self destrutive cysle that makes the eastern prt happy and ensures that the state chair is paid handsomely to subvert anything progressive and support any rethuglican running as a d.
from gary Locke, Christine Gregoire, lt. Gov Brad Owens and Cantwell the d's leadership is stacked rethuglicans who promote business over the environment, war instead of peace and commerce instead of human rights.
A rethuglican agenda with a "human" face.
The state rethuglicans play thier role by supporting and running true wing nuts ( Ellen Caswell-?, John carlson, Doc Hastings etc) so that the pretend D's actually appear half way reasonable in comparison, but only in comparison.
As long as Weyerhauser gets its environmental waivers, corporate farms get thier water and welfare, Boeing and Microsoft enjoy their tax free existence the apperachek are happy.
 so screw the base.

cantwell's attitude being the perfect example of "vote for me or else but don't bother me with your positions." This is after the progressives are the ones who put her over the top last election only to be left at the alter when she was sworn in.

This state is an excellent example of a place where progressives might have to let these people lose before they can get heard. The state party is so corrupt that it is an embaressment.

by Rational 2006-05-16 11:52PM | 0 recs
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As someone who has to fight what is more accurately described as "institutional inertia" rather than "corruption" within the Washington State Democratic Party on a regular basis, I have to disagree with this statement on a few levels.

First, most state committee people are voted into office by the fellow members at the state legislative district party organization level, not the county level.  High-end state party posititons do include the votes of county party organizations, and they do disproportionately favor those areas outside the Puget Sound region, where the majority of the state of Washington lives.  What's also true is that there has been a multi-year fight to change this situation, and changes are allegedly on the way, though possibly not until late 2006 or early 2007.

Second, while there is division within the state Democratic Party on multiple levels (establishment versus activists, generational differences, Puget Sound versus non-Puget Sound, Seattle versus everybody else...), the old adage still applies - "You get what you pay for."  If we received a Maria Cantwell instead of a Deborah Senn as a Senate candidate back in 2000, it's because the progressive wing of the party (myself included) did not sell the candidate well enough to a majority of the voters.  And Washington state outside of the Puget Sound is a different place than within it.  (Senn's treatment after she won the primary for state Attorney General is a different story, and I personally will never, ever support Mark Sidran for any office whatsoever after his unwillingness to declare his support for Senn after their primary battle.)

Maria Cantwell's recent actions and her unwillingness to give specific explanations regarding them have been challenged by folks such as the Mark Wilson campaign and the peace group who's two spokespeople, Arthur and Lietia Ruger, have provided an excellent set of diaries on washblog.com regarding their means of trying to make Senator Cantwell aware of the results of her votes.  I hope that their actions and those of others will wake the Senator up to what's going on around her.

But in the end, what matters is controlling the levers of power.  Are you a PCO?  Are you an officer in your local Dem organization?  Do you work to get what you want there passed and then implemented?  Are you forging alliances that will stick with like-minded folks in other political and civic organizations?  Are the issues you want to have become reality more important, in the end, than getting the people you want in office immediately?

People like Senator Cantwell are in office because folks who have spent many, many years doing just that supported her.  If you're willing to do the same thing, you just might get the same results.

by palamedes 2006-05-17 06:48AM | 0 recs
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Last question first Yes I have been a PCO plus a vice chair plus a candinate for county office.
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The county and state Legislative districts both elect state Committee people. But since in most of the state ( Seattle being an exception) the leg. committees are in reality rumps of the various county orgs. If a leg. district crosses county lines ( as many do) the county with the largest chunk usually run the show as an after thought to its monthly meetings.

When I use the term corruption I meanthe institutionalized rewarding of insiders with fat salaries, perks and protection. A classic example was the past state chair keeping his position no matter how many times the party was fined by the local election commission for what was basically ineptitude and incompetence. but that didn't matter as long as he was paidf enough to afford his starter castle in a near gated community.

Excusing Cantwell, and by implication Adam Smith - Brad Owens - Gary Locke et.al., as institional inertia is a convienent was to rationalize the organizational effrert to nueter progressives in thyis state.
An example was Referendum 51 remember? A poorly considered pork barrel/ transportation iniative that Gary and the party pushed that would have gutted environmental rules, exclude the need for union workers and ignore real solutions by just pouring more concrete.
Gee environmentalist's and union's whose supporters were gary and co. screwing?
After it was defeated the D's chair arranged a "summitt" to find alternative ways of solving a real transportation problem. Who wasn't invited? Environmental groups, mass transit/alternative transportation groups and most ofthe unions.

Who were invited? Boeing, Weyerhauser, Builder's assn. and real estate  rep's.

This from a supposedly democratic administration.

That is just an example. Want more?
The Council on competitiveness - give away water rights to corporate and rich farmers, fish are overrated anyway.

Tax policy - make sure no large corporation pays any more then the lowest possible number and hopefully give them a rebate on sales taxes they haven't paid.

Public Workers - freeze all benefits and raises for 5 years, or more, then start negoitations by starting with "white paper" and ignoring all past agreements to lower the cost of governement to justify the tax waivers.

Environment - Gary telling the head of the Dept. of Eco. to find ways to permitt water rights for individuals cought using them illegally who happen to be the head of the Council on Competitiveness.

All from a supposedly "d" administartions. All with the support and encouragement of the State party and its chair. You may see this as "institutional inertia" Is see it as corruption, dishonesty and a betrayal of the parties base.

by Rational 2006-05-17 09:05AM | 0 recs
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Oh by the way Cantwell didn't spend years to get elected she spent a ton of money to swamp the people like Senns who had spent years working for the people of Washington.
Much like the carpetbagger recruited by the DCCC to eliminate a progressive in Il 06 (duckworth "hired" to eliminate Cegelis) so has the Wa. state demo's turned to shills to eliminate progressives in Washington even if it meant losing to the R's. Cantwell was one. Talk show host instead of real democrat to oppose Riechart last time around just to mention a few examples.
So no do not try to shovel that "we work harder" bs to justify people who go out and "buy" thier office. Cantwell used some of her dot com ipo money to buy the D's nomination. And she has been voting for money instead of people ever since she got into office.
by Rational 2006-05-17 12:36PM | 0 recs
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Anger's easy.  So is disgust.

Work is hard.  Persuasion is tough as well.

When you can give me a valid way to defeat corporate-friendly Democrats without hard work and the items I specified above in my previous post, especially in an environment where they have more cash than you do, I'll listen.

I know Maria Cantwell spent oodles of money.  So did Kerry in 2004.  He won the state Presidential caucuses, above all else, however, because he could convince those that were concerned but not regularly involved in politics to vote for what they thought was the "safe" choice - we Dean supporters (of which I was one) failed to accomplish turning that mindset around.

Until then, rage and disgust has appeared to have left you burned out and unwilling to do what's necessary.

It's a hard job - been there, done that.

But I know of no other way to change things, and if you hold to your present course, you'll devour yourself before long.

by palamedes 2006-05-17 02:44PM | 0 recs
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Do not misrepresent me.
What I am saying is that progressives should stay home, keep thier checkbooks in thier pocket and refuse to do the grunt work of the party until the party dumps the apperachek, admits its sins and comes back to its roots and listening to the people who do the work, promote a progressive agenda and dump the trash they have been promoting.
This means denying Cantwell, Owens, Smith, Sheldon and the rest of the rethuglicans posing as D's any and all support from the party.
They could start by bouncing sheldon out of the causaus and stripping him of all his committee seats. They could move on to running some one against Owens. actively recruit a real D as a candinate for Governor and cut off any contact with the past chair of the party.

I am sure you will find some insulting way to ignore reality and claim the high ground in your ongoing rationalization of the destruction of the Democratic party, the state and the country in the name of incrementalization and "playing the game".

I am sorry but I do not accept that you continue to play in a crooked game just because it is supposedly the only game in town. Its time to start a new game with new players.
 

by Rational 2006-05-17 05:42PM | 0 recs
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I don't understand why the new style Democratic activists/campaigns don't adopt what does work with old line campaigns, namely money.  You say Anne Dicker built an organization of thousands of people, but also talk about how she only raised a few thousand dollars.

Was she not trying to raise money?  Losing by a couple of hundred votes but doing it "the new one" may be a moral victory, but alas only in the blogosphere is losing winning.  Why not do some call time and raise a couple more thousand which could have been used for phone or mail outreach?

I just don't get it.  Certainly paid voter contact (whether it be mail, tv, phones or whatever) works.  And so does volunteer/grassroots contact.  But why do so many campaigns seem to choose one or the other but not both?

by chrisishardcore 2006-05-16 11:57PM | 0 recs
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In my opinion, there are two possible causes for this:

1. The establishment is quite effective in bottling up money from the big donors.  It is tough to be competitive without the big checks.  Possible?  Yes.  Likely?  No.

2. All too often there is an idea among the liberal grassroots that big-dollar fundraising is selling-out.  Grassroots supporters sometimes think that because they are volunteering (or blogging) that they don't need to donate.  Guess what?  We do.

by KansasNate 2006-05-17 12:53AM | 0 recs
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Simple answer: PA law doesn't have any limits on individual contributions to campaigns.  If you've got wealthy patrons, you can raise big money easy.

by Adam B 2006-05-17 05:33AM | 0 recs
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Anne did fundraising, but her donors were not big money types.  (As in we don't have big money, not that she wouldn't take a larger donation)

The other candidates received large amounts from the 'machine':  trade unions, PACs, etc.

by lutton 2006-05-17 07:13AM | 0 recs
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Congrats Chris!  Now the hard part starts...

by KansasNate 2006-05-17 12:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Congrats!

Congratulations to you and Kevin, Chris! You both obviously did your homework and worked very hard for the victory.

by phillydem 2006-05-17 01:18AM | 0 recs
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Congratulations.

by Max Friedman 2006-05-17 02:09AM | 0 recs
Gratz! Good job, despite machine troubles!

Congratulations, Chris!

Great that the write in still went well. The first infos about trouble with voting equippement sounded very alarming. And bradblog reports now that hundreds of those machines broke down in Philly:
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/0000283 6.htm

by Gray 2006-05-17 02:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Bradblog

Well, Bradblog jumped to a conclusion and got it wrong. The problem was that a paper jam caused some voting machines to not boot up in the morning. Just like when paper jams in a copier. Some of the workers preparing the machines apparently were new to the set up process and tighted a faceplate too close to the the channel where the paper advances not letting the tape come through. At my poll, the judge told me the machine mechanics fixed the problem and were gone within 10 minutes - that's how simple it was.

by phillydem 2006-05-17 08:41AM | 0 recs
Write in Troubles

I voted for Chris between about 9 and 9.30 in the 46th ward, I was the first voter in my district to attempt a write in, but it didn't work.  It was a pain in the ass to figure out what to do and move on.

If I had been voting before work, then I would probably have left so that I wouldn't be late.  As it was it was time lost working for the Dicker campaign off in the 2-3, but I had already spent enough time travelling home from where I was working that I was going to get it right, especially as my votes for Chris and Kevin were probably the most important I cast (since all of the other races were pretty much a done deal).

by Luam 2006-05-17 09:45AM | 0 recs
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Chris, your story is so inspiring, I am repostong it on my local LI Politics 631 site.  I blog there with both sides and there are some young Republicans there who acknowledge the failings in their party and their desire to change from within. I think your story will inspire them to make their party better as well.

by politics64 2006-05-17 03:26AM | 0 recs
You sir, are in inspiration

Learn from this. Learn from your new elected position. Grow you network. I look forward to Senator Bowers some day in the future.

by michael in chicago 2006-05-17 03:41AM | 0 recs
Huge, Chris

I am far from a fan of most politicians and out of synch with even most here.  I wouldn't vote for Casey with a gun to my head if I lived in Pennsylvania.  In New York, I will be one of the very few who will probably vote against Eliot Spitzer because of his corrupt connections.  

Your effort makes very pleasant reading to this old reprobate.  Your victory is just icing.

The excitement and  in life is in the journey rather than in the end.

by terryhallinan 2006-05-17 03:57AM | 0 recs
Hug

I promise I'll act straight when I do it.  Maybe a high-five first, just in case anyone's looking.

by Pachacutec 2006-05-17 04:01AM | 0 recs
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Does this mean we can stop hearing about that ridiculous "0-19" stat from the right blogosphere now? :)

Congrats, Chris. You put your money where your mouth is, and I'm sure Pennsylvania will be better for it.

by dwbh 2006-05-17 04:31AM | 0 recs
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Congrats man! Happy day.

by akhenaten 2006-05-17 04:50AM | 0 recs
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Congrats!!  

I lost my bid for county committee in Pittsburgh --not sure yet how the other progressive candidates did (I was running with about 50 or so).

Seems like there may have been a lot of incumbents adding their name to the slate card even though they weren't endorsed.

by Maria in Pgh 2006-05-17 05:15AM | 0 recs
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Great job Chris.  I will be a West Philly resident in the near future and look forward to getting involved.

Lois Murphy coasted out here in the 6th CD primary - now comes the push to take the seat from Gerlach.

by elblot 2006-05-17 05:16AM | 0 recs
Woohoooo!!

Way to go, Chris!

Things are looking up in the country already...

by Jeffrey Feldman 2006-05-17 05:16AM | 0 recs
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The thrill of victory! All the work you do will pay off big time. I'm very happy for you and thankful for your efforts.

by misscee 2006-05-17 05:32AM | 0 recs
Rock on Chris! n/t

by Vermonter 2006-05-17 05:38AM | 0 recs
Congratulations!

I just want to underscore the importance of this passage:

Let me also say something about Chuck Pennacchio. Were it not for mavericks such as Chuck Pennacchio willing to take on long-shot campaigns, it is difficult to imagine that nearly as many new committee people would be ready to take office for Democrats tomorrow. I know I wouldn't. Were it not for people such as Chuck who are clearly unafraid to stand for what they believe in, and who are so clearly unafraid to run ground-based, grassroots campaigns, I doubt that even half of the new committee people in Philadelphia would be taking office tomorrow. Instead, the Democratic activists of Philadelphia would simply become even older and more resistant to change.
Amen!

by Paul Rosenberg 2006-05-17 05:45AM | 0 recs
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Great news, Chris.  Congratulations. One more building block and one step closer.

Charles Dertinger made it on the ballot for congress from PA-15 through a write-in as well.  He needed 1,000 write-ins and got over 2,000 from Northampton County alone.

Results from Tony Barr's write-in attempt are harder to track.

by David Kowalski 2006-05-17 05:49AM | 0 recs
You won

Good luck.  Don't lose hope when the going gets rough (and that will happen).  This will really test your patience but if you approach it with the right attitude I am sure it will be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.  Congratulations.

by pjv 2006-05-17 05:58AM | 0 recs
Re:in MN, we are already seeing some cool changes


Here in Minnesota, we're watching new people replace the old hacks in the Democrats In our state, a lot of our old-style Democrats ARE progressive---but they're old, tired, hackneyed, with no charisma. They get nominated because they've stood in line the longest. Then they lose and  we wonder why?!?!? Well, Duh.  We not only need people who are right on the issues, we need candidates who connect with ordinary people, talk straight and actually win elections.

Anyhow, I'm seeing more and more great candidates. In my district, a state legislator, Keith Ellison, just beat out our former state party chair, Mike Erlandson for endorsement to run for US Congress, 5th district. Ellison is a black Muslim running in a nearly all-white district, endorsed by a nearly all-white convention. So how did he win the endorsement and win it pretty easily? Appeals for diversity? Nope. Keith won with charisma (he's a great public speaker ) Organization. And two real clear stands: get our troops outa Iraq and universal health care.

I've disagreed with Keith on a few local issues in the past. But I can't wait to send this guy to Washington.

Mike Erlandson was the long-time aide of our long-time Congressman, Martin Sabo, plus the former chair of the state party. Erlandson came in expecting the endorsement to be handed to him and that game didn't work any more.

He says he'll challenge Ellison in the primary. Fine, but Erlandson will lose. Times have changed. This ain't your father's old Democratic party any more, darling.

It's not easy to get new blood into any old organization. But six years of the Bushies and same-old, same-old politics, plus the netroots, well, we're seeing a whole lot of new people running....and often winning.

Chris is right. We just have to keep trying. Win some, lose some, but never give up.

Off topic, but as long as I'm ranting, I am SO tired of reading Washington DC political observers---from Charles Cook on---announcing that Incumbent X fits the district "like a glove." I've heard this particular line a lot and I am soooooo done with it. And most of the time it's not even true. The political and media establishments can keep pronouncing who fits and who doesn't, but they've been disconnected from the grassroots for so long, that it's clear they are clueless.

by midwestmeg 2006-05-17 06:10AM | 0 recs
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You are so right about the Democratic establishment. They didn't win when they were Rockefeller Republicans and we've seen how well they've done for the last 12 years. I'm longing to once again be able to say "I'm a Democrat. I stand for something." The establishment has become so enamored of their corporate sponsors, they won't stand for anything except keeping their safe seats. In my district (IL-15th) Dr. David Gill has outraised his 'Pub opponent in individual contributions and has an army of volunteers, but he's out there on his own. An infusion of a VERY modest sum from the party would assure another Dem seat. Oops! The establishment didn't pick him and he takes stands that the corporations wouldn't like (Single payer health care for one). Nope. Not viable.

by mombear 2006-05-17 06:10AM | 0 recs
Payton - You Know Something We Don't?

Both the Inquirer and Daily News are reporting that the race between Payton and Vazquez is down to a handful of votes, and the Inquirer reports that Vazquez is actually slightly ahead in the unofficial results.

I did find it interesting that in the Daily News, Graboyes called Dicker a spoiler. Guess what, Terry, when you come in third, you're the spoiler. I'm not sure I'd call O'Brien's vistory a win for labor over the party, though - Dougherty is part of the party machine, too.

I'm glad Pennacchio inspired you, Chris, but I gotta say I find Dicker to be the more inspiring example, because she combined taking a stand with picking a battle she actually had a chance to win. The 50-state party building strategy isn't going to work with a bunch of Pennacchios, but it'll be huge with a bunch of Dickers.

by Dave Thomer 2006-05-17 06:22AM | 0 recs
I'd give you a 12 if I could.

Because (a) we need to focus on winnable races, not quixotic quests, and (b) Terry Graboyes really embarrassed herself with that quote:

"If you look at who voted, nobody voted. Nobody voted in the river wards. Nobody voted at all," [Graboyes] said. She also claimed Dicker had served as a spoiler, splitting the liberal vote.

"If Anne Dicker hadn't been there, I would have trampled," she said. "And I will still never understand [why she ran]. Obviously it was more important to make her point than elect a progressive woman to the House."


When you come in THIRD, you can't complain about the people who BEAT YOU as being spoilers.  Why did Terry run, exactly?

by Adam B 2006-05-17 07:26AM | 0 recs
As i emailed the Daily News

Sore loser

If Ms. Graboyes believes that the citizens who campaigned for and voted for Anne Dicker would have voted for a Society Hill millionaire backed by wishy-washy middle of the road Gov. Rendell, then Ms. Graboyes doesn't belong in politcs anyway.

by lutton 2006-05-17 08:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Payton - You Know Something We Don't?
Actually, when I went to bed last night, all I saw were the online result, showing Tony had 1,000 votes with not much from his challenger. I had not idea the race was still close. I feel quite confiedent Tony will prevail, however.
by Chris Bowers 2006-05-17 07:36AM | 0 recs
Re: We ARE Winning Eventually

Chris: The margins of the win are so inspiring as well as vindicating! You are energizing all of us!   To "Rational", I live in EastWashState. Amen to your post.

by mainsailset 2006-05-17 06:37AM | 0 recs
Congratulations!

Well done, Chris.  Very exciting to wake up to this news today.  A collective thank you for jumping in.

by Taylor Marsh 2006-05-17 06:37AM | 0 recs
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Congradulations!  You rock!

by pseudo999 2006-05-17 06:39AM | 0 recs
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Very nice Chris.  Not quite Jimmy V but right up there.

See you tonight!

by lutton 2006-05-17 06:39AM | 0 recs
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by elblot 2006-05-17 06:40AM | 0 recs
NPR Plug

Just got through to Radio Times on WHYY and got a plug in for Chris and MyDD.  Hope it helps!

No Retreat, No Surrender.

by elblot 2006-05-17 06:43AM | 0 recs
Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

Congratulations make us proud.

I am in Texas and I will be be a delegate for the Democratic State convention. Plus I am now  a precint chair. We have further to go in Texas but its a big prize.

Course with all the immigrant rallies it may not be as tough as it once was. Please Demolish that asshole Santorum we will work on Delay and his Texas cronies

by KosTexasliberal 2006-05-17 06:56AM | 0 recs
Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

Nice victory speech...

by clawed 2006-05-17 07:07AM | 0 recs
Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

As a duly-elected public official, you are blessed with the title of 'Honorable' now and forever. The title is proper etiquette in addressing you, even after you leave office.

So, please allow me to be the first to say: Congratulations to the Honorable Christopher Bowers on your victory for the people last night. Salud, brother.  

by Sun Tzu 2006-05-17 07:12AM | 0 recs
Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

Here here!

by Illustrious 2006-05-17 07:28AM | 0 recs
Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

Congratulations Chris. Good job.

Now... get to work!

by Andrew C White 2006-05-17 07:35AM | 0 recs
Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

Awesome, awesome news, Chris!  Congratulations.  I'm glad I finally got to meet you last week, so I can officially say "I knew him when."  And you should definitely take Sun Tzu's advice and start posting under the screenname, "The Honorable Chris Bowers."

by Scott Shields 2006-05-17 07:51AM | 0 recs
Ya Gotta Believe!

Great job Chris!

The fight is just beginning!

by DFLer22 2006-05-17 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

The establishment probably isn't thinking this right  now, but I think they'll come to appreciate having a blogger around.

Nice win!

by Bob Brigham 2006-05-17 08:16AM | 0 recs
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w00t.  Congrats!

by RisingSign 2006-05-17 09:07AM | 0 recs
Re: We Will All Win, Eventually

Congratulations, Chris!  Every inch of progress progressives make helps the Democratic Party become stronger and better able to compete with the Republicans.  Party infrastructure can make a huge difference in terms of platform, branding, and electoral success.

by slb36cornell 2006-05-17 09:08AM | 0 recs
morning

When I got to the voting place, I realized I'd lost the little piece of paper on which I'd written down the names. I went all the way back up to my apartment, turned on the computer, fired up my email account, wrote down you guys' names on another little bit of paper, and went back down to the voting booth and wrote 'em in.  

I'm glad it worked.

Congratulations and good luck.

by sciencegeek 2006-05-17 11:04AM | 0 recs
Congrats to you Chris,

winning huge is what we need in November too.  

Thank you!

by Lizzy 2006-05-17 11:11AM | 0 recs
Congratulations!

Wow.

Maybe things can change?

Good luck; fight hard.

by Marc in KS 2006-05-17 04:30PM | 0 recs
Things Change

when we change them.

Congratulations to the candidates who stood up and fought for what they believed in-whatever the final vote count was.

Y'all are how we will take this country back.

Thank you.

by boadicea 2006-05-17 10:43PM | 0 recs
voter-verified paper ballots

First, congratulations.

Second, thanks for mentioning the apathy surrounding election reform. Since Philly votes on the truly horrible, unsecure and unverifiable Danaher machines (coming soon to Bucks County), I'm going to put a plug in for voter-verified paper ballot legislation.  I don't know why the lefty blogs and Democratic candidates have dropped that ball but they have in the biggest way possible.  We'll be paying the price for that until we get VVPB legislation with a mandate for a proper audit in every state.  If the bad guys get their way first and automate the entire system until we're voting at kiosks in malls, which is the dream I had an eVoting vendor lay out for me at a local demonstration of the technology, then we may as well give up.  Exit polling is dead.  Poll books will be next to go. Then it's a short jump to a completely privatized and paper-free electoral system.  We can't let that happen.

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