Yes, this is a democracy and part of the democratic process in the democratic party is primaries. Ned Lamont is challenging Lieberman and is looking likely to defeat him. Lieberman, not respecting the will of the democrats of Connecticut is threatening to bolt the party and become and independent. Perfectly his right if he wants to but that is one hell of a way to respect the will of the enrolled Democrats in Connecticut.
Further, the only way we will be down 1 Democratic Senator is if Holy Joe goes independent and in doing so hands the election to the Republicans... or shows his true colors after and independent win by caucusing with his good friends in the Republican party.
So are you telling me you think Joe is going to throw the election to the Republicans? Or are you telling me he is going to win and caucus with the Republicans?
And which of those scenarios should influence Democrats to vote for him?
I think I'll let my fathers own words speak for me and my opinion about him.
In honor of the Episcopal Church electing a woman to be Presiding Bishop during tumult over having previously consecrated a gay Bishop selected by the people of New Hampshire I provide this link to a sermon he gave on that subject on Aug 31, 2003...
Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic candidate in New York's 20th Congressional District, endorsed as part of the DFA-List, endorsed by 21st Century Democrats, EMILY's List, SEIU 1199 (Kirsten will be speaking at a rally for Columbia Memorial Hospital Workers, June 24 in Hudson, NY after which DFA and SEIU people will be petitioning together for her), and even our dear, dear (Oh Dear!) friends at the DCCC have added her to their Red to Blue list.
And even the DCCC has decided to get on board with the right candidate for a change by adding Kirsten and NY-20 to their first listing of the top 22 red-to-blue districts.
This is a tough district for a democrat to win but it is one we can win and it is a district we must win if we are going to gain the 15 seats necessary to take control of the House of Representatives.
In a district with 197,753 Republicans, 113,096 Democrats, and 108,803 independents the incumbent, John Sweeney is running scared. He has put out 2 mailers so far and neither one has mentioned that he is a Republican. Instead they talk about how "independent" he is in a state with an incredibly unpopular out-going Governor (Pataki), an incredibly popular incoming Governor (Spitzer) and a state where Bush polls at 22% and Cheney even lower.
This is a campaign we can win but we'll need all the help we can get to do it.
So if you are in the area please join Democracy for the Hudson-Mohawk Region on Saturday, June 10 as we petition for Kirsten Gillibrand.
If you live farther away but want to take part in helping Democrats take back control of the House of Representatives and show the power of people-powered politics while you are at it then please consider contributing to Kirsten Gillibrand through DFA-List.
You should add a photo and a little more material about his campaign and issues. Also, work with the Nevada DFA groups to get their endorsement and have them recommend him to DFA national for endorsement. Local group endorsement is critical to national endorsement by DFA.
Actually Chris, that is not quite right about Democracy for America.
DFA's new website, DFA-Link, is very much built for DIY politics. Obviously it is focused on DFA groups but each group has the ability to create it's own events, list it's own agendas, maintain it's own blog, it's own membership, leadership struture, files, photo's, etc.
Political candidates that apply for DFA support can create their own campaign pages regardless of whether they get official DFA support or not. Individual members and groups can then endorse, volunteer, add comments, etc as they see fit.
DFA members around the country and can see and share what other groups in other locations are doing. While the software is still developing we can share best practices, experience, knowledge of candidates and issues. We can (and do) coordinate national issues between groups across the country.
Democracy for America itself draws much of it's national agenda from what it sees happening on the ground in the various groups rather than the other way around. Ideas and projects that are well defined, organized, and pertinent can then be picked up and promoted nationwide by DFA staff.
DC for Democracy's "Change the Course" project to get the H.Res 543, the discharge petition for HJR55 (Neil Abercrombie's Iraq War Resolution), is a good example of this.
There is significant work being done (and more planned) for DFA-Link. We are always looking for input on what works and what features would be useful for people and groups organizing on the ground.