Funny, the crushing (supposedly) argument against primarying Obama is that it will piss off Blacks. Pure bullshit. They could care less about the millions of Black people in this country being foreclosed, homeless, unemployment benefits exhausted, all sorts of social services gutted, etc. They are only protecting their OWN positions.
Exactly. There are 2 options. Find a primary candidate who would run independent if not nominated. Or, more likely, be supporting a 3rd party candidate from the git-go.
Optimum would be to have this 3rd party candidate be running on a compatible populist campaign, rather than a hard-line ideological campaign. Thus it would be easier to shift primary support to the independent.
The Senate had its own Stupak versions, and they voted for it, Obama signed it. If you sit back (as Obama did) and allow a mugging to take place, the blame does not solely lie with the mugger.
And yes, I absolutely agree that "the failures lie on the entire Democratic party." The question is what is to be done? I believe that going after Obama brings the entire party in question, while going after different members of Congress fragments our opposition and makes it a matter of individuals.
This may sound counter-intuitive (people say Dump Obama focuses too much on one man), but Dump Obama scares the hell out of all of them.
It will be an interesting discussion, whether to support a little-known candidate who expresses our values, or a big name liberal who will exert more mainstream pressure.
My bottom line, at this point, is that progressives should try to avoid being left in a passive position of waiting for someone to come along. We can start making moves immediately.
I’ve been calling secretaries of state offices to get ballot access info. Of 20 reached (so far), 5 have caucuses. Of the remainder, filing fees are nominal, if any, and signature requirements range from 500 to 10,000, with most on the low to middle range.
Extrapolating from this, it would appear that a few states may be extremely difficult, but getting on the Dem primary ballots in the majority would be no big deal, assuming we had a solid legal team to take care of the technical details.
Ballot access provides a media entree, even for a complete unknown, and if the media were to shut us out, then that in itself provides an entree, as the blogosphere can raise a howl.
Working towards getting anyone on the primary ballot -- or even declaring so -- legitimizes the notion, and applies pressure for others to get in the race.
You're basically stating that he did what he did because that's what he wanted to do, and then you call it integrity. He's the commander-in-chief, he could get us out of Afghanistan with a stroke of the pen, he's a liar.
And I notice you don't mention the catfood commission that he appointed after it was REJECTED by Congress.