Key to '06 Victory -- Getting "Tough and Smart" on National Security

Cross-posted at DailyKos

A dozen prominent bloggers participated in a recent conference call to introduce SecureUS -- an organization I created to help our Party take back the Congress in 2006 by training candidates to be tough and smart about national security issues -- and to convey that "ground truth" in a compelling way to voters.

SecureUS Advisory Committee members Bob Graham and Gary Hart and I had a terrific conversation with these bloggers.  (You can read more about it here, here, here, and here.)

These are issues I care passionately about and were key to my election in a lean-Republican seat in 1992, and my victory over a Republican incumbent in 2000.  All of you can help put out the message that Democrats are tough enough to pull the trigger and smart enough to hit the target -- a message that wins elections and will translate to victory in November.

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Beware The Ides Of March - SERIOUSLY!!! RED ALERT NOW!!!

Read it again, Sam!

SMELL THE FRIGGIN COFFEE OR ELSE, DAMMIT.

LEARN TO CARRY A PICKET SIGN AND MARCH AND STRIKE AND PICKET -- OR ELSE LEARN THE ART OF EATING OUT OF DUMPSTERS.

MAKES NO DIFFERENCE IF YOU'RE, LIBERAL, CONSERVATIVE, LIBERTARIAN. SOCIALIST -- WHATEVER -- ALL WILL EAT OUT OF THE SAME DUMPSTER.

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Corruption is Cowardice

Corruption is cowardice. The NYT reports national Democrats are fretting about message. Corruption is cowardice. That should be the Democratic message. On national security. On the DeLay and Abramoff scandals. On the abandonment of our responsibilities to one another, to the weak, to the poor.

Corruption is cowardice. Only cowards skulk about spying on their neighbors. Only cowards lie to get what they want, whether it's a war for the profiteers or school vouchers for the elect. Only cowards whine when confronted with the truth. Only cowards fail to see that the best weapons against terror are the U.S. Constitution and the people of the United States. Cowards are afraid of both.

Only cowards send others to fight while they stay at home. Only cowards turn their backs on the ill and infirm, denying health care to millions. Only cowards put their profits ahead of security, refusing to arm and to protect our courageous military men and women. Only cowards rig elections, violate election laws, suppress the votes of those they fear oppose them. Corruption is cowardice.

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Evan Bayh to Karl Rove: Bring It On!

Essentially, that's what yesterday's speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies was.  I recieved a transcript sometime after the speech yesterday.  The BayhPartisan has the full transcript up on that site.  What I am going to do is, hopefully, break down some of the speech with commentary of my own.  What Senator Bayh said is in italics and then my commentary will be all over.

Crossposted at the Kentucky Democrat, Americans for Bayh, and Daily Kos.

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Boots On The Ground

Crossposted as a forum topic at Blue Force a site dedicated to supporting the Fighting Dems and discussing national security from a progressive perspective. Though this is specifically about activity surrounding the Fighting Dem campaigns, I think it is applicable to any other issue based campaign.

Today as I left my apartment I decided to change the month on the calendar that hangs on my kitchen wall. As I detached it and flipped through the pages I was reminded of just how short we are on time leading up to this year's elections- about 9 months- and I began to think about our chances of winning in the upcoming election.

I think that we have a great shot at making substantial gains in the U.S. House, and a big part of that is that we have so many amazing Security/Fighting Democrats who have decided to serve their nation. These candidates help refute the notion that Democrats are weak (on security and otherwise), many of them have very compelling stories to tell, and  all of the ones that I have had the pleasure of meeting or communicating with have been incredible people in general. These candidates will be aided by the fact that the GOP is in the throws of a couple of crises, that Americans seem anxious for a change in the direction that our nation is heading in, and they hopefully won't have too much trouble raising money given the attention that their campaigns have justly received.

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