Louder does not equal more!

I've followed the election season from Day 1. I haven't commented or wrote a diary on mydd in a long while. But the volume and shear bias and slander against Hillary Clinton is forcing my hand to write. I've gradually noticed that sites that I used to love eg DailyKos and Democratic Underground are unbearable pits of Clinton hositility. All civility has gone out the window and one time anti-Clinton GOP talking points are are being rehashed as fact by fellow Democrats. But I've also noticed the "loud" factor.  Obama supporters are far louder in their criticism, and frankly I think more vocal. Are there more of them? Perhaps online.

I've taken some poll results and anecdotal evidence and tried to formulate a theory.

Clinton supporters are generally quieter. Obama pulls more independents but does not hold down the base. If obama is the nominee, McCain will draw a significant number of Clinton primary voters.

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Less is Less; NOT More! NJ Civil Unions in Pennsylvania

They mean nothing.

Unless you are willing to move your life, your job, and your home to New Jersey, there is no such thing as protection for you and your partner in Pennsylvania. That would be one of the key reasons Civil Unions at the state level mean little or nothing to me. While they are fine within the home state lines, how do they help me if one or both of us has to travel for work, for vacation, or just because we want to? They don't. They aren't fully portable. Marriages are, and that is why anything else doesn't even qualify as "marriage light" to me.

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New Polls Show Giuliani Could Win NJ, PA

New polls show that both New Jersey and Pennsylvania could be in play in 2008 especially if Rudy Giuliani is the GOP nominee. In New Jersey Giuliani would start off with a large lead over both Clinton and Obama and in Pennsylvania he would have a near landslide lead over both. Clinton is competitive against John McCain in both states.


Democratic Primary

Hillary Clinton 41%
Barack Obama 19%
Al Gore 10%
John Edwards 5%
Joe Biden 3%
Dennis Kucinich 1%
Wesley Clark 1%
Bill Richardson 1%
Tom VIlsack 0%
Chris Dodd 0%

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On The Ground: Winning with The 50-State Strategy

New Jersey is a very blue state. Democratic Governor, Democratic Legislature -- both houses -- two Democratic US Senators, seven of thirteen Democratic Representatives in the US House. It's a solid record for the state's Democrats.

But people tend to forget that the Republican Party here is not dead. Just look at the list of folks staffing Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign -- his campaign manager, national political director, and national field director are all undeniably capable veterans of New Jersey GOP politics. In New Jersey's outlying counties, the Republicans are a serious force to be reckoned with.

Democrats have put up some solid challenges to Republican hegemony in New Jersey's exurbs. In the Morris County town of Long Hill, Dean activist Gina Genovese became the first Democrat to serve on the township committee in 2004 and then became the first openly gay mayor in New Jersey in 2006.  And perhaps most impressively, Democrats in Bergen County have run the tables on the once-dominant Republican Party, and are now gearing up to target Santorum-level homophobe state senator Gerald Cardinale in the 39th District, who has compared same-sex marriage to pet owners wanting to marry their dogs.

But this week we saw an example of a Democratic gain in GOP territory that can be directly tied to the DNC's 50 State Strategy. Rosi at Blue Jersey has the story:

Tonight, in my tiny town of Flemington, New Jersey, Mark Legato (D) beat out Julie Luster (R) for a contested Borough Council seat Legato won in November by just one vote and Luster has contested ever since. We won by 30 votes tonight.

Our secret weapons were two young women in sneakers and blue jeans who pounded out our GOTV program over a sleepless two days in the inadequately-heated Hunterdon County Dem HQ. It was more efficient, more productive and frankly, one hell of a lot more fun than anything we have ever done. The Republicans didn't know what hit them. And it drove the win.

One of the fundamentals of Gov. Howard Dean's 50-State Strategy is Show up everywhere. And that doesn't mean just mayor's races in Salt Lake City, state contests in Alaska or gaining ground in the Show-Me State. For this to work it also has to mean that we concede no vote even in the most crimson portions of very blue states. Places like Hunterdon County. 50-State Strategy = 21-County Strategy.

This isn't abstract. Mary Campbell and Colleen Montgomery are the "two young women in sneakers and blue jeans" Rosi's talking about. If you've been active in New Jersey politics at all of late, you know them and you know how tirelessly they've been working to advance Democratic victories in the state. And they are on the ground in New Jersey as part of the DNC's 50 State Strategy team.

This is the 50 State Strategy in action, winning races at all levels, even if by the tightest of margins. This is how the Democratic Party is being reborn.

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Civil Unions Are Not Marriage...They Are Less...And Less Is Not Equal

I am sick and tired of having to explain to people that marriage in Massachusetts, legal or not, means precious little to me. And no, it wouldn't mean more to me if I lived in Massachusetts! And therein lies the point! No other class of citizen in this nation need worry that their marriage is valid in this state or that. No other citizen of the United States of America needs to carry proof of marriage to a hospital if their spouse is injured, ill, or dying. No other citizen has to fight for marriage rights at the state level. You know why? Because all states recognize all marriages performed under the umbrella of the United States of America.

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