Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

Yo, I heard it's said the revolution won't be televised
But in the land of milk and honey
There's a date you gotta sell it by
Otherwise it just expires and spoils....

The revolution's here
No one can lead you off your path
You'll try to change the world
So please excuse me while I laugh

-- lyrics from Talib Kweli's The Beautiful Struggle

Welcome to another look into the cross-section of race and politics in America. Things are getting down to the wire; the clock is running out on what we hope will be D-Day -- Democrats' Day -- on Nov. 7. Republicans are desperate and trying a new flava of fear -- instead of terrorism, it's fear of the brown, fear of the Other. Trouble is, this time, it's failing. People have stopped buying the Rethuglicans' bull and between Iraq, child sex predators, indictments and other assorted crimes and misdememors. Join the beautiful struggle and let's keep working towards a Nov revolution. Please excuse me while I laugh. --Jill

Lead Story: Tan Nguyen Gets His 15 Minutes of Fame

In the CA 47 race for Congress, Republican candidate tries to erode incumbent Rep. Loretta Sanchez's base by sending out a flyer to 14,000 Latino residents in her district that read in poorly written Spanish:

You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time, and you will be deported for voting without having a right to do so.

Nguyen quickly adopted the Hastert Defence: blame a staffer. He's been asked to withdraw by Orange County CA Republican party officials. But there's more to this story than meets the eye. Nguyen had been running on an anti-immigration platform and drew support from organized, "border security" racists on the fringe of the Republican party exemplified by Pat Buchanan. DailyKos Diarist Duke1676 has the best analysis on this I've read so far.

Meanwhile over at AsiansVote.com, they're encouraging local Asian Americans to do the right thing:

...the fact that [Nguyen's] campaign was involved eliminates him from any serious consideration by anyone with any commitment to democracy in America. Orange County readers, vote for Nguyen's opponent, Democrat Loretta Sanchez. BTW, Jim Webb's campaign has had its ups and downs with VA black folk(mostly up right now post-Barack Obama visit), but hanging out at AsiansVote.com, I learned Webb's got strong cred in VA's Vietnamese-American community. Also, Tammy Duckworth, Asian-American Iraq war veteran, got a big boost in her run for IL 6 with an endorsement from the Chicago Tribune.

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Mark Foley's NRCC 'Buddy List'

Cross-posted from dKos

Man, I love the Internet Archive. If you know what you're doing, you can find some really neat things on it...like a list of pedophile ex-Rep. Mark Foley's 2002-2004 fundraisers that once appeared on the National Republican Congressional Committee website. Of particular note to us here in MI-08:
October 2, 2002 5:30-7:00 pm Join Candidate Katherine Harris (FL-13) for a Reception with Congressman Henry Hyde (IL-6), Congressman Mark Foley (FL-16), Congressman Richard Burr (NC-5) and Congressman Mike Rogers (MI-8) The Home of Congressman Mark Foley (FL-16) - 137 D Street, SE $1,000 per PAC; $500 per Individual Keelen Communications (703) 548-0092 or e-mail info@keelencomm.com
It gets better. Read below the fold for more, including the rest of Foley's NRCC "engagements"...

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The 9/6 House Poll: Digging into the numbers

Basically, i'll be going over the candidates who had the highest percentages of their totals come from committed voters. Also, i'll note which candidates have the biggest leads with Independents. And which samples look the weirdest to me.

First off, the Republicans whose total percentage includes the most weak voters

CT-2 (Simmons) has 30% strong support, with 16% weak.

Let me give you the partisan split for CT-2 and then we'll go under the fold.

Republicans: 60% Strong Simmons, 24% Weak Simmons, 2% Undecided, 4% Weak Courtney, 9% Strong Courtney (84-13)
Democrats: 9% Strong Simmons, 11% Weak Simmons, 5% Undecided, 14% Weak Courtney, 61% Strong Courtney (20-75)
Independents: 33% Strong Simmons, 15% Weak Simmons, 2% Undecided, 14% Weak Courtney, 36% Strong Courtney (48-50)

Basically Courtney has a good advantage, especially with this sample (which is probably slightly too blue to be realistic). But, there's a lot of Democrats who should jump back to our side given the right push.

Let's go under the fold.

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Cut and Run? You bet.

Crossposted from Bridget in the Sixth.

I was at the bookstore today and I spotted this headline in Foreign Policy Magazine.

This part is of particular interest to me, given a recent conversation that I had with a certain 6th district Congressional candidate. Regarding the administration's flawed arguments regarding withdrawal from Iraq:

Before U.S. forces stand down, Iraqi security forces must stand  up.
The problem in Iraq is not military competency; it is political consolidation. Iraq has a large officer corps with plenty of combat experience from the Iran-Iraq war. Moktada al-Sadr's Shiite militia fights well today without U.S. advisors, as do Kurdish pesh merga units. The problem is loyalty. To whom can officers and troops afford to give their loyalty? The political camps in Iraq are still shifting. So every Iraqi soldier and officer today risks choosing the wrong side. As a result, most choose to retain as much latitude as possible to switch allegiances. All the U.S. military trainers in the world cannot remove that reality. But political consolidation will. It should by now be clear that political power can only be established via Iraqi guns and civil war, not through elections or U.S. colonialism by ventriloquism.

Are ya' listening Tammy? The Vietnamization of Iraq isn't a good plan.

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From R2-Bridget to Bridging the Divide

Cross-posted from Soapblox/Chicago, where I blog most often.

Like many fellow Cegelis supporters, I have been feeling a sense of loss and frustration over the recent primary election. I so badly wanted Christine to win. I felt she was the best woman for the job, I knew her heart, and I had confidence in her background and skills. I knew that she would be an independent voice for the people of the 6th, always looking to us first for guidance and advice.

I still feel that way. I maintain the viewpoint that Christine would have been a better candidate than Tammy Duckworth and I will not apologize for that. Christine Cegelis would have been better for us, for our nation, and for the world as our Congresswoman.

However, the operative phrase is would have. Unfortunately, Christine did not win and Tammy Duckworth did. The reality of the situation, all emotional response aside, is that Tammy Duckworth is who we have to face Peter Roskam in November. And I'll be damned if I'm going to let that man represent me in Congress.

So I decided it was the right thing to do to attend the DuPage Democrats Unity Breakfast at Drury Lane yesterday morning. And, for many of the same reasons as other Cegelis supporters, I felt incredibly uncomfortable about it. But, unlike many of you,  part of that is because I made the decision to put myself out there and attack Tammy Duckworth directly.

More on the flip...

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