On the whole Tammy Duckworth thing
by JasonGooljar, Sun Mar 26, 2006 at 01:52:03 PM EST
You know I was listening to Christine Cegelis on Laura Flanders' show last night and she said that her and her people, the organization of volunteers that her campaign excited and built up were not going to go work for Duckworth, but instead they are going to go and help local progressive candidates not backed by the establishment. I think they are doing the right thing. Duckworth has the establishment support they obviously just expect people to vote for her anyway.
Yes, Democrats and progressives will have to probably vote for Duckworth in Illinois' sixth congressional district but volunteer for her? Why? Get passionate for her? Why? And it's not so much about Duckworth but rather about the Democratic establishment who backed her and railroaded Cegelis. They should have stayed out of the primary. If you want to know who that establishment is, well, it starts with Obama, Durbin, Clinton, the DCCC, and goes on to others. They still swear by the top down structure where they dictate to the people and expect them to follow, that's just un-democratic. They treat people who are the voters and most of the time their base like sheep. Things like support for a candidate and issues should flow from the bottom up and not from the top down. Sadly, this reminds me of what the Democratic establishment did to Dean in the 2004 presidential primaries. Dean got us to rally behind Kerry because Bush is the evil one, but I'm getting tired of rallying behind other people.
In 2004, I remember someone in Westchester County, NY saying after Dean dropped out that "they'll vote for Kerry but work for change". I know now what the words truly mean.
Oh here's another idea Rahm Emanuel the chairman of the DCCC is knicknamed "Rahmbo" and he sent a rotting fish to a pollster once. I think everyone in the grassroots who disagreed with what he did in this Illinois primary should send plastic fish to the offices of the DCCC in protest.