• on a comment on Dump Obama: for a tough new year over 3 years ago

    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.

  • on a comment on Dump Obama: for a tough new year over 3 years ago

    It's especially important that we maintain this dialogue as the media tries to bury any opposition.

  • And if you were Black and homeless?

  • comment on a post Dump Obama: we who have nothing to lose over 3 years ago

    ... when the only defense of Obama is that he is Black.  I'm sure the Black unemployed, foreclosed, hungry and homeless take great comfort in that.

  • 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.

  • on a comment on Primary Obama: Jim Webb? Naahhh over 3 years ago

    I have 5 entire posts, all beginning "Dump Obama."  If they haven't convinced you, ce'est la vie.  I'm hardly going to try to sum them up in a single comment.

    Dump Obama: feeding frenzy beginsLive 1 11/12/2010 at 03:29PM EST Dump Obama: continued 5Live 32 11/09/2010 at 12:16PM EST Dump Obama: continued (pts 3-4)Live 0 11/06/2010 at 01:14PM EDT Dump Obama: part 2 of the seriesLive 7 11/05/2010 at 02:50PM EDT Dump Obama: a process of developmentLive 10 11/05/2010 at 01:29PM EDT

     

  • on a comment on Primary Obama: Jim Webb? Naahhh over 3 years ago

    There are 122 nominees on the list, the result of an open process.  2 down, 120 to go.

    Many of the names are quite serious, and your snark is neither helpful nor, frankly, serious.

  • on a comment on Dump Obama: continued 5 over 3 years ago

    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.

  • on a comment on Dump Obama: continued 5 over 3 years ago

    Roars of outrage.  People competing to express how they're really, really mad.  This time they've had enough.  No, I really mean it.  Really pissed this time.

    And that's how far it goes.  What Dump Obama offers is a way to go BEYOND anger, to take effective action against the outrages of every day.

    No, I don't lay it all out in every comment.  That's what the posts are for, to give "productive suggestions about how to pursue meaningful and necessary political goals."

  • on a comment on Primary Obama: Jim Webb? Naahhh over 3 years ago

    Thank you!  Check  out the list of 122 “nominees” malcontent has amassed on FDL.  Others are thinking along similar lines.

  • comment on a post Primary Obama: Jim Webb? Naahhh over 3 years ago

    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.

    In other words, we’re in the game.

  • on a comment on Dump Obama: continued 5 over 3 years ago

    Sometimes it takes a while for something to sink in.

  • on a comment on Dump Obama: continued 5 over 3 years ago

    ... by your own words.  If the president has the right to do something, then it's fine.  George Bush had the right to do what he did (mostly), so what the hell.

  • on a comment on Dump Obama: continued 5 over 3 years ago

    Perhaps the Democrats should stop holding primaries.  Then their popularity will be assured.

  • on a comment on Dump Obama: continued 5 over 3 years ago

    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.

    Your faith is most touching.

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