The Immaculate McCain Smear

An interesting discussion of what is being called "The Immaculate McCain Smear" here: -immaculate.html

It's interesting that the media can't seem to admit to themselves what a harsh, scorched-earth campaign Bush ran in 2000.  I guess they were so busy imagining what it would be like to have a beer with Bush that they failed to recognize that Karl Rove was running the most agressively racist campaign since Lee Atwater in 1988.

God forbid they tell anyone about it now.  To quote "Big Blue" -- I don't know how one can condemn an act without also condemning the person who committed the offense.  But our press corps finds a way.

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Sick of Obstructionist, Timid Centrists

Could our "liberal" political leaders finally STAND FOR SOMETHING?  With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans???  

When the country is desperate for change, isn't it time for leaders who will... er... LEAD US there?  From the War in Iraq to universal health care to SCHIP to immigrant rights --- why can't we have leaders who believe in something and help persuade the nation, rather than pandering.  

Check out this great cartoon about the spineless pessimists and pragmatists standing in the way of a better future.  

Brought to you from the folks at the Movement Vision Lab

Someone once told me, "We have to meet people where they're at --- but we don't have to leave them there." Same with the country.

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Let's Take It Back!

There are many things the GOP has either trumpeted, co-opted, been inadvertently given, or outright stolen during the past 15 years: terms of language, ideologies and philosophies, even tangible things. These things are either now found to be somewhat (and that's being nice) lacking in the GOP; some are even blatantly contradictory. As a Democrat, and actually as an AMERICAN, I say, LET'S TAKE THEM BACK!

I'll start with the somewhat obvious things and go from there; feel free to add to the list.

The Constitution, in all its glory: Let's TAKE IT BACK!

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Before there were Progressives

  Before there were Progressives there were Liberals
 And before there were Liberals there were Progressives.

In the golden age of the Progressive movement we had Teddy Roosevelt, Fighting Bob Lafollette and Eugene Debs.  These gave way to liberals like Eleanor Roosevelt and John Kenneth Galbraith. Now we are in the age where it is not good to be liberal but we have assumed the mantel of Progressive again.

  As a friend and colleague of mine noted we have seen another end of an era.  With the passing of former Congressman Jim Jontz we have loss a tireless fighter for farmers, workers and the environment. A true liberal with a progressive heart.  

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DFA Candidate Responses

I just got an email asking me to sign on to the petition to ask candidates to respond to Global Warming.  Most of you will remember, DFA did this for Iraq as well, calling on candidates to respond to them in video. lobalwarming

I love that DFA is doing this and respect those who actually take the time to respond... and this is what ultimately concerns me greatly about some of our candidates.

Poking around the site I noticed they had the video messages from the candidates who responded to Iraq.  Those candidates were Barack Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson... and that's it.  No Hillary Clinton, No Chris Dodd, No Joe Biden, Not even Kucinich.  (No response from Clark or Gore either, but since neither is in the race officially, I don't think it was requested from them)

That bothers me greatly.  Kucinich may not have been included but I would put money Biden, Dodd and especially Clinton were.  I don't think either of the first two will gain traction enough in this race, but Clinton is in the thick of first tier candidates and her lack of a response is a bit insulting to progressives everywhere.  DFA is gaining as a movement within the party and any candidate who doesn't take the time to respond is making a very big mistake.  Its as if the others don't care what the progressive branch of the party (or the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party) think or that they don't matter.

Kudos to Obama, Edwards and Richardson  for their replies.  I am not yet sold on Richardson given his past stances on most issues run to the moderate-conservative side of the spectrum along with Hillary Clinton, but what he has been saying lately is impressive.  

If you are a supporter of Dodd, Biden or Hillary, make sure you tell them you want them to respond.  I did this with Obama and the CBC debate and I know Edwards supporters who did it with Edwards during the Blogger Flap.  Support your people and stick up for them, but hold them accountable as well.

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