Hillary's Kerry Plus One Strategy

A line from Time Magazine's cover story on Hillary Clinton this week: "Her strategists point out that all she would have to do in November 2008 is win every state John Kerry did, plus one." The article goes on to cite Ohio & Florida as "her best opportunities" (what insight!) and cite some relitively favorable polls.

So now we have it, just win where Kerry did & add a state.  It's the 17 state strategy, not that old, discredited 16 state strategy.  Great!  What political genius'es they have over at the Hillary Clinton campaign -- why don't they just give thier names so we can all know how smart they are.

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DC Area Events & Much More

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1. DC for Democracy (Affordable) Fundraiser, Wednesday August 23

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Beyond Macaca - Allen's Old Politics and the Rising New Virginia

Beyond "macaca" -- George Allen was clearly playing to the politics of division and racism in Southwest Virginia 2 or 3 or 4 explanations or apologies ago.  I can't wait for his next explanation, I hope, whatever it is it's enough to make the front page of the Washington Post (as printed) for the third day in a row.  

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Meet Jim Webb/NOVA Office Opening Tue., 8/15

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Meet Jim Webb -- the next Senator from the State of Virginia and who will stop George Felix Allen's run for the presidency. You're invited to the Northern Virginia Kickoff Party!!

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DC Events/Groups/Candidates

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1. DC for Democracy Endorsement Meeting/Meetup Wednesday August 2

DC for Democracy will meet to vote on endorsements for the Sept. 12 DC Democratic primary including candidates for Mayor, Council Chair, Shadow Representative and Senator and ward council races esp. wards 3, 5 & 6.  DC for Democracy is DC's largest political group.  Several of the candidates will be present for a meet & greet.  The meetup begins at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 2,  at Ben's Chili Bowl, 1210 U St., NW, right across from the U St. Metro on the Green Line.  Only members may vote but all are welcome.  For more info go to www.dcfordemocracy.com

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Why I Support Lieberman for (Shadow) Senate

I'm for drafting Joe Lieberman for Senate.  Joe would make a fine Shadow Senator from Washington, DC, Land of Taxation Without Representation.  Seriously...

Back in the late 1980's taxed but unrepresented citizens of Washington, DC started electing shadow representatives and senators.  There are unpaid positions that carry no perks besides special license plates and they get to be automatic delegates to the Democratic Convention.  They don't even get a cubicle office or a right to vote about anything (especially authorizing new wars).  The idea is that the "shadow" senators will lobby for DC Statehood or, at least, voting rights in Congress. The first Shadow Senator was Rev. Jesse Jackson.  Jackson was not one, however, to devote much attention to an unpaid, unperked type of job that nobody even knew about beyond the beltway.

Joe Lieberman would make a great shadow Senator for DC.  He already has the endorsement of the local newspaper, the Washington Post.  Lieberman is very popular with lobbyists, the media and real Senators like John McCain and Joe Biden.  Joe has also lived in Washington, DC longer than many DC voters.   Washington, DC's most famous residents, George and Laura Bush would surely vote for their kissable friend.   Most of the interest groups based in DC are huge Lieberman fans.  Best of all, as Shadow Senator from DC, Joe would never have to do the one thing that he detests most -- actually talking to voters from Connecticut.  Come home Joe.  Washington, DC loves you.  You belong here without taking pesky trips to Connecticut.

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Is Evan Bayh the Most Boring Guy on the Planet?

Is it just me that thinks, perhaps irrationally, that Evan Bayh is the most boring politician ever?

I have nothing at all against him.  Tonight I was eating some pizza, flipping channels, and there Sen. Bayh was on C-SPAN being interviewed in Iowa by David Yepson, among others.  I thought, I ought to watch a little of this.  He has a pretty big campaign warchest.  This guy could be a contender.

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DC Area Events

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1. DC for Democracy Events

DC for Democracy, an affiliate of Democracy for America,  is the largest progressive/Democratic Meetup group in the DC area and one of DC's most active political organizations.  They have two interesting events coming up:

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How Bush has Weakened Our Country

Bush's Weakness and Overreliance on the Military Has Weakened the USA.  

o We are weak diplomatically.  The Iraq War has isolated the United States diplomatically -- more so than any time I can remember.

o Our military is bogged down in Iraq, decreasing our military options.  Without the war in Iraq we would be doing better in Afghanistan and we might have caught Bin Laden.  

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Another Failure for U.S. Diplomacy -- It's Really Bad

One thing seems certain as things continue to spiral downward in the Middle East -- US diplomacy is on the sidelines and that is bad for everybody.  Sec. of State Rice has not been to the region in months and she seems invisible.  Under a more active administration there would be special envoys and high profile peace missions.  People like Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Sam Nunn, George H.W. Bush, Jim Baker and Bill Clinton might be brought in to help.

Instead George Bush sleepwalks in St. Petersburg and retreats further into the sports pages.  US diplomats seem prepared only to discuss plans to get US citizens out.  There is no leadership and no pressure on either side for restraint.  Into the vacuum steps Iran -- oh joy!  This is a sad time for the US and especially US diplomacy.  All we have left is the military and they are bogged down.  This is very dangerous.

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