A New Generation of Leaders in Orange County

Cross-posted from Calitics

Something critical to any successful future for the Democratic Party is happening in Orange County.

Young people are developing into leaders, reaching out to their communities and claiming ownership of their government and future.

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WTF? Warner to help block his own resolution on Iraq

From the Washington Times:

Sen. John W. Warner will join his fellow Republicans in voting Monday to block the resolution he wrote rebuking President Bush's Iraq war policy.
    "Senator Warner supports the Senate Republican leadership's effort to establish a free and open debate on Iraq on the Senate floor, including possible amendments," a spokesman for the Virginia Republican said yesterday afternoon.
    Earlier in the day, Mr. Warner told colleagues during a closed-door strategy meeting at the Library of Congress that he opposes the manner in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is conducting debate on his resolution, which condemns Mr. Bush's plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq.

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On Demonstrations, Hijackers and the Descent of the Fire

"Sometimes the altar must be laid in one place so the fire can descend in another"

(Probably C.S. Lewis, lost in memory)

I've been reading the posts on the recent DC demonstration, and want to talk about a few things, based on a fair portion of a life on the left and attendance at many similar occasions.

Often we say that a tactic -- in this case mass demonstrations -- is good or bad, dated or not based on an assumption that there is a  knowable causal relationship between the things we do and the things we observe later.

In micro that's true ... a thrown rock breaks the window, and sometimes leads to arrests.  But when the players expand to the tens of thousands, and the timeframe to years and decades, arguing whether the demonstrations, even in aggregate, caused a particular result or will cause a desired result in the future (or the contrary) seems to me an exercise in

"it happened afterwards, therefore it happened because of"

-- a well known logical trap for the unwary.

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Google-Bombing KY 2007 Elections

The Kentucky Governor's race is positioned to be the most competitive election of 2007, and one that will no doubt be a bellweather for the Democrats' prospects heading into 2008. The KY GOP is in the midst of a civil war, with indicted Governor Ernie Fletcher now facing a primary against Mitch McConnell's hand-picked candidate, former Rep. Anne Northup...fresh off her defeat to John Yarmuth.

Its important that the Netroots act now and support efforts that Kentucky activists (even some Conservative Republicans who support Fletcher) are taking to ensure that Northup does not build too much strength from defeating the corrupt Governor and cementing her image as a corruption free candidate.

This is why we must join together to help the Google-bombing campaign against Northup, and now her running mate Jeff Hoover, that was started by Chris Bowers before the 2006 election. The new website: NorthupHoover.com highlights Northup's past scandal when she asked the FCC to do favors for her husband's company without disclosing her connection. The website was featured in the Bluegrassreport.org and even in Conservative blogs such as KyPolitics.org .

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Can You Believe This President?

I believe that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people, of course I still believe that a man's word is his bond, and a handshake is as good as a written contract.

Naïve, yea guess so to a degree. But aren't we all?

I have some big ideas for growing the progressive movement and in turn changing the way America is governed, and while we all wish that everyone was on the same wave link, we see small men like this President who has small ideas that don't a make a whit of difference in the lives of working Americans.

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