Kleeb is running his campaign the old fashioned way - one door, one county at a time. However, I am disappointed that he is not using more high tech features - like the tubes. Being on the eastern end of 03, I have only seen one ad on local TV. However, my county and one other were gerrymandered into that eastern edge and will afford Kleeb more Democratic votes as they always vote Democratic.
There was Anne, blonde and beautiful in downtown sunny (Miami?) making her points which the commentator (never heard of him before) agreed with over and over. She dominated the upper right screen, commentator had the entire left side, and, in contrast, there was David Sirota, a small face in a very dark (sinister?) backgound who spoke maybe twice?
Visually, Sirota was minimalized. I don't know if this was intentional or merely where he was when interviewed, but from a dark small picture came an also minimalized voice.
I can't speak authoritatively as someone more involved with Ne. politics, but will offer these perspectives: Nebraskans don't talk politics as it is not polite to do so unless under the covers with someone of like ilk. Nebraska only has three districts - #2 is composed of mostly only Omaha and surrounding suburbs; #1 is a thin sliver of Ne. from North to South that includes Lincoln. (My county, Saline, is in the third District so if one were to use a ruler and draw a N/S line east of Saline that is where the #3 begins.) All the rest is #3 and includes the vast amount land-wise of Ne. Most of this area does not get media coverage from Eastern Ne. and gets all their information from Denver, Co. So, population stacks the politics in Ne., however, once in a while Nebraska suprises itself by electing outstanding Progressive leaders (Bob Kerry for one.) Maybe if we had a John Tester? Scott Kleeb is running in the #3rd and does seem to be very promising.
Ben Nelson is a known quality in Nebraska and although we Dems hold our noses when we punch his name, the alternatives are so much worse. I can't think of any Democrat who would or could challenge him before or after Lamont.
Dean's policies, believe it or not, has even impacted heavily on Nebraska. Not that they are going to impact on '06 voting, but they have infused a little blood back into Dem's dried up veins.
We "Clean Gene" folks did NOT sit on our hands in '68. What we did not know was the "Process" of politics. We turned out in masses for Gene McCarthy only to be derailed by the Bobby Kennedy machine who said if Gene can do it, we can too. After Kennedy was assasinated,(sp?) the Big Demo Machine really rolled into action for Humphrey. So, in effect, the DNC gave us Nixon.
All the blog sites urge action, participation, etc., but no where do I see any practical advice as to how the Process from the grassroots up the chain occurs. The Process varies in each state and yes, it would behoove each of us to inquire how it works where we live, still a simple Primer might help. The bottom line in politics is that if a candidate does not have enough delegates at the National Convention, he/she will not be nominated or even be able to be a challenger.
That said, I most like MyDD because it is quietly informing instead of shouting all the time. This is my first and last stop. And speaking of stop -my comments always seem to be the last one on any topic... Gloomy Gus
From what I have been reading, I gather that under Olmert, the Israelis do not really have a plan or plans for much of anything. So, like our Dear Leader, they are going with the testosterone/ballsiness/woody approach. Or as you so succinctly put it, they have gone "gorilla."
Yes, it would. To go on with the analogy, 1 acre equals 1/8th of a mile. Say I am here in Nebraska with one hundred acres of inhabitable land, and when doing the math, I wind up with 14ish miles that would have 87,000 people living on it (as compared with Nebraska's current 17 people per sq.m). Much of Israel is uninhabitable so think how much more compressed into small areas, the people of that region really are. They truly are over populated, but one can still hope they find a saner method to solve their problems.
I looked up Lebanon and Israel in the Atlas: Israel has 7,848 square miles plus 2,703 occupied which is almost the size of Maryland which has 10,461 sq.m. and Lebanon has 4,015 sq.m. and is about the same size as Connecticut with 5,019 sq.m. Israel has/had over 800 people per square miles. Which brings me to a Psychology research project involving rats. With just the right number of rats per their environment, they all got along just fine. but over populate their environment and all hell broke loose and they warred against each other until the population was depopulated back to the "normalcy" range.
What would be the words one would have to use to Google to find out how many lawsuits are filed and pending against the Bush administration? My guess is it would be a very long list, indeed, and would provide endless fodder for rabid lambs. And it would be interesting to compare the Bush numbers with the Clinton numbers.
Fall, 1960, moved to Philadelphia where husband was to attend graduate school at Penn. The first week we lived there (brown stone walk-up, Walnut Street, West Philly) our "Ward Heeler/Healer" showed up at our front door and told us where to register to vote and whom to vote for - Kennedy and straight ticket Dems. Second week, she came back and asked to see our registration cards and Nov. 8 walked with us to the polling place. Of course, she was paid for every registration she got, but still, that was warm and fuzzy. Then later touring with the Carter's Peanut Brigrade composed of folks from Georgia who breezed through little towns, honking horns, handing out literature, and getting kicked out of local stores. One brigader said "Well, sir, We've been kicked out of a hell of a lot better places than this."
This should be a permanent diary and should be an ongoing side-seam for MyDD. My family and I lived in southern W.Va. for three years during the '60s and it was then as beautiful an area to be seen anywhere in the nation. To think what the coal mine owners have done is to break one's heart.
Implying just the teensiest bit of criticism re: Kos and the commenters, there does seem to be an air of juvenile enthusiasm, dare I say boasting about how important they are? That attitude alone would be peeving to the elite elders and would of course, lead to retaliation. "How dare these young upstarts" sort of thing.
MyDD avoids arrogance, and the commenters here seem to stay on topics of substance.
My philosophy on supporting Democrats goes all the way back to Lyndon Johnson: "He is an S.O.B., but he is OUR S.O.B."
If these comments are not relevant, then please remove them, but they are terribly important. During a presidential election, participation on a local level (1.attending precinct caucus') is the first step to electing your/our candidate. In the various states in which we have lived, everyone attending breaks up into a group of like minded people. Each group needs a certain percentge to elect delegates to the county convention. Groups coalesce (like Feinstein/Clark, e.g.) to get the most delegates. The same thing essentially happens at the county level where delegates are selected to go to the District convention. Ditto at the District with always the aim being to arrive at the State convention with the most delegates for the progressive candidate. Once you get to the District and State conventions, there you meet the "real deciders" who have already picked the slate to attend the national convention. It is political dog fighting all the way, but is the only way to achieve our goals, nationally, because the we have to out gun and out dog fight the "real deciders" of which Schumer is one.
If the netroots think they can do this (block candidates,) then they all better show up for their county precincts, coventions and elect their ilk to district and state and then the national convention. This really all is about taking control of the Dem party and the only way to do this is for us being the ones who sit in the cat-bird seats.
Was also interested in the age demographics. Being 68, I am often amused by comments "the seniors sometimes don't understand computers, blogging, etc."
I read many blogs everyday, and am a news junkie so CNN all day (which makes for a two parallel world most of the time.) Nowhere did I see any mention about the Latino Cinco de Maya marches before they happened. Who organized those marches? How did they happen? I read somewhere that Walmart employs over 30,000 people. So what if those same organizers organized a walk-out over their non-union status? And if all the union and non-union people walked out in support? Maybe I just didn't read the right stuff to inform me about the marches, but I think it must have been a really wonderful underground movement.