you didn't even think of the ulimatest winning argument ever!! but you probably don't even care, because you never reply to my comments. So I'm not gonna tell you. Because you don't have what it takes to reply to me.
I'm beating the same drum off in the wilderness Matt...
The thing that bugs me more than anything else is the incredible return on investment the netroots and allied activists provide the "establishment". (I sure wish I could come up with a better word - maybe y'all can help me). You could have paid Lane a million dollars and I still think it would have been the biggest bargain of the election season. How much money went to media consultants and ad buyers? How much to direct mail firms? To "safe" candidates? did any of them approach what Lane did in influencing the election? And all we can get him is $2,000? He deserves progressive welfare for life. He deserves D'Inesh D'Souza's house and Jaguar... Hell, throw in the wife, children and pets too, and we still will not have approached his worth...
Let's keep flogging this horse - hopefully this topic can become a priority for the netroots in 2007.
A week or so ago it came out that Emmanuel sat on his knowledge of the Foley affair for about a year. Would you decry those that went after Emmanuel?
I understand the point of this post is to ask people that are allied with the general notion that a Democratic majority is a good thing to take a breath and stop hyperventilating at every perceived misstatemnet or boneheaded verbal error. I don't disagree.
On the other hand, where you won't name names, I will. Sirota and others (I put myself in his category, if not in his class) provide a value to the party.
In '94, there were all sorts of shenanigans afoot - mailroom scandals, check kiting, etc. Our majority lost touch with the people - and vis a vis. With a loud minority constantly pressing the case, we are much more likely to keep our political leaders honest and responsive.
And one more thing: we still haven't heard anything of substance from either House about exerting their will and bringing about an end to this war. Reid's plan is garbage - we didn't elect democrats to end the war in a year; we elected Democrats to end the war pronto. And they can do it. Nancy has the power of the purse and all it would take is for her to announce that no appropriations for extending the conflict or permanent bases will be passed. In the alternative, Reid could announce the same thing - either house can bring about finality. But we aren't hearing any of that. Instead, we get milquetoast equivocations like the one Reid uttered.
Like I said, I basically agree with you. I don't think it's to anyone's advantage to be screaming harpies. If anything I think my contention is one of degree rather than one of substance. I just allow a lot more room for excitability than you do - especially when we are talking about prolonging an unwinnable "mistake" for another year. How many lives will be wasted?
John, you did an awesome job. My wife and I got a good laugh out of the whole "hero" bit, but really, this is a fantastic write-up.
The only thing that I feel even slightly uncomfortable with is the way i characterized myself in the same breath as those that sheltered Anne Frank. They, were genuine heroes. Nothing I've done comes close - in fact, it's all punkish in comparison...
But I thought I'd add something alse too...
This whole blogosphere thing - this whole pregressive movement through the dark war days - not a single one of us had any kind of pedigree before 2002 or 2003... For the most part, nobody was anybody... today, we've established a movement. Maybe I'm waxing sentimental, but to me it really feels like the Keroac/Ginsberg days... More appropriately, maybe, but less tastefully for sure, maybe we're the seeds of a new movement that's analagous to those that grew out of the Goldberg defeat... either way, this is something new and wonderfully exciting. I'm glad to be a small part of it, but I'm even more glad to have been able to do all this stuff with a great group of friends and supporters all around me...
yeah, I know, blah, blah, blah... but it really is true that there are some incredible people that have been drawn to this new medium - I've never seen so much goodness concentrated into any single group of people...
I hope it's calcification. In the same way it only took the Republicans 10 years to meet and exceed the level of corruption Democrats developed after decades in power, hopefully it's only taken them 10 years to become as complacent and calcfied in the hubristic pony wish of their own infallibility...
I remember election eve in '94. I was watching Nightline and the split screen featured a R and a D. The D - and I have no idea who it was - laughed off the idea of the House and Senate BOTH changing hands. He said that if it came to pass, he'd eat his underwear.
I imagine your office is slightly bemused and more than a little put off by the ambush...
Next time you hear MoveOn.org attacked for a video one of their contest entrants uploaded to their open and public webserver (kinda like the open and public windows), perhaps you'll remember this situation.
In fact, maybe, now that the Senator knows first hand how simple circumstances beyond his control can be unfairly used as ammunition by political opponents... well, maybe the Senator could tell Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Blenn Beck and the rest of the right wing propaganda catapulters to cut it out.
Productivity has skyrocketed over the last twenty years, while workers have been squeezed from every angle
I saw an article in which I learned that a very large percentage of workers forgo their earned vacation time because they don't want to give management a reason to fire them
The wealthiest amonst us are capital investors and their gaines have been huge - but as I said earlier - the workers making their investments pay off have been screwed over and over again
I've worked at the highest levels of corporate america - I've seen executives treated like royalty - from the limos that pick them up in the morning, to the food that is catered to their offices, to the 5 star accomodations they use when traveling, to the elite events they attend in their cororate sky-boxes... and I've seen workers in the same building without health insurance
The only thing I really don't understand is why the other NYC unions aren't showing some solidarity. NYC could be a catalyst if the rest of the organized workers joined the strike - even in symbolic ways. The PD could refuse overtime. Doormen could show up 1/2 an hour late. Hotel workers could take a sick day.
What this country needs (amongst so much else) is a real discussion about the decline of the worker. All this shit about offshoring jobs pales in comparison to what we have done to the workers that get up in the morning every day, do a solid days work, and get chumped by management over and over again through the years. Workers have become conditioned to being fucked - witness the vacation story referenced above (you do the search - it's out there)...
Anyway. Count me as one more NYer that supports the strike.
More and more, day after day, I believe we are being set up for an epochal shift in our day to day lives...
We are in Iraq to establish a forward base of offensive operations in the middle of what will increasingly be THE epicenter of a new geopolitical chess game.
Matt Gross links to a great Rolling Stone article regarding how peak oil will change our lives...
comparatively, deficits are chickenshit. I'm thinking that the neocons are thinking the same thing. If the world economy is about to collapse anyway, we might as well run up the bill... this would also explain the push for SS reform - if they plan on writing off the t-bills, why not expand the debt by another coupla trillion dollars and spend the money on our military - a military that will mitigate the unrest that may come as cities become unviable and modern agriculture collapses...
I'm in a funny mood tonight... my blackest thoughts escape into the blogosphere for all to read... it probably isn't helping my credibility any, but hell... if I'm right, my credibility will be the last thing I worry about...
Sorry if the comment was taken as impugning motives. Not my intention.
by "mainstream bloggers" was a poor choice of words; what I meant was most popular and most influential.
as for "never giving enough attention to the subject", well, maybe this comment betrays my sentiments, but until someone besides Keith Olberman covers the issue in the most influential press, I guess it's up to bloggers to keep the issue alive. If we are in agreement that none of the other stuff is relevant if elections can be easily manipulated in such a way as to make the other stuff irrelevant, then where is our disagreement coming from?
Listen - I'm especially prone to my own brand of cognitive dissonance. If, in December 2003, somebody had bet me a dollar versus my own castration, against Dean being president today, well, I'd be dickless today... so I recognize that my "gut feeling" that Bush just could not have turned out that many voters might be dead wrong and worthless... but still..
there has been way too much info exposed with regards to electronic voting, the vote counters, exit poll disparities and a plethora of other voting issues... I just want to put it to bed so that I might have a better feeling that all this other stuff is worthwhile.
but don't get me wrong, Chris - I don't fault you at all, in fact I've got enormous regard for your thoughts. I especially liked your idea of running against Delay.
Anyway, one question: Gore never spent time in non-swing states either, did he? I might be wrong about that, so if I am, the rest of this question is moot. But if I'm right, whaddya think hurt Kerry? Ya think the Noise Machine was just more viscious?
But do you really believe that Bush won by that many votes?
There is a lot of discussion about exit poll data not matching results. That the chances of the results being so dissimilar to exit polls are astronomically against.
I guess what i am saying is this: what, in your opinion, is more important - a 50 state strategy or having a comfortable level of certainty that the vote results are credible.
The reason I ask is that it seems that a lot of bloggers seem more concerned with maintaining their "non-tin foil hat" status than they are with getting to the bottom of what seem to be legitimate questions.
Further, it seems to me that mainstream bloggers and other people that would willfully look away from gray areas are really inviting their own abuse. If you are willing to bend over and stick your head in the sand, what's to keep those that would fuck you in your ass from doing exactly that? What I mean is this: even if the last election was on the level, by not asking the difficult questions - not even entertaining the idea of asking such questions - well, you invite your own demise. Because if you won't ask now, why would you ask later?