Bush's Bailout = Time Bomb

cross posted at DailyKos

President Bush, using TARP funds to loan money to the Big Three, in announcing the action this morning included the condition (i.e. order) that the UAW re-negotiate the terms of their contract to bring them "in line" with what foreign manufacturers' are paying their employees in this country.

At the same instant, Treasury requested of Congress the second installment of the TARP money as the Big Three Loan of 13.4 Billion depleted the 350 billion TARP bailout fund issued by Congress in October (what, about 45 days ago?!).

Knowing that the Obama can change the conditions of the loan as soon as he takes office, the `conditions' imposed by Bush seem superfluous and a sop to the Fanatical Southern Republicans.  Or is it?

I think that there is more than meets the eye here.  I think Bush's time bomb in the form of the Big Three Loan helps put Democrats on the defensive.

This little present is intended to destroy core Democratic Party constituencies.

The loan terms announced today is a vehicle to promote a Republican Comeback Strategy for the next election cycle.

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Debate and Blogosphere self interest

As an attendee to the Las Vegas debate, what struck me most from the debate was not what was said but what was not said.  When introduced, Howard Dean had the biggest applause, over that of the introduction of the candidates.  People recognize the effort he has put into transforming the party, from a good ole boy network to an honest to god grassroots organization.

I understand that the old guard of the Party in Nevada in favor of Hillary, I was dismayed by the booing of the candidates, but encouraged by the booing of the commentators when they tried to insert their right wing spin.

From this came the thought that left bloggers make up an interest group.  We have common goals, just as corporations, churches, unions, and business have goals and support their candidates.  Unfortunately, the blogosphere has pretty much conceded using its advocacy position in the interest of avoiding an internal flame war.  I would argue that the blogosphere would be wise to establish some ground issues or points that a candidate needs to answer (correctly, I hope) for our support of candidates.   Yes, a litmus test of sorts, one that recognizes that we have an agenda and interests we want.  We are submerging our own interests in interest of not showing a conflict in primary season.  But if the wrong person is selected, will we not be harmed anyway?   What do I want to ask a candidate? Look below the fold.

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Help me Develop and Frame a Wedge Issue

cross posted at DailyKos

I could use some help in defining a wedge issue (or theme).  I'm going to be giving a speech to a political club I belong to that has Dems (damm few)  and Repubs (all shades).  I use these speeches to see what talking points seem to work. Where do I get their attention and what puts them asleep or in `not listening' mode

I'm not looking for Democratic talking points, I'm in a conservative area, Repubs outnumber Dems.  The tactic I have been working to develop is to make the conservatives doubt their Dear Leader.  

Lately I've come (stumbled is more like it) upon the theme of "this ain't Eisenhower's Republican Party" anymore (or something to that effect).  

Using this as a spring board, I need some examples of what conservative values espoused by Eisenhower Republicans just don't hold water (or directly contradict) today's Neo-con world.  Using some themes like this I seem to be getting a response from the moderate conservatives in the audience.  I'm trying to cobble together a cohesive package that I can shop to candidates to chew over.  I want to create something that will win in November, part of that will be making doubters within their own party.

My long term goal here is to develop a cohesive narrative of the Republican Party change has made Bush supporters cultists, but we need to build to that point, this is the start. I have to build the dissatisfaction first.

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Perkins opts out for Nevada Governor

In what could be a very positive development for Democrats in Nevada, State Assembly leader Richard Perkins has just announced his decision not to seek the Democratic Nomination for Governor.  

His decision leaves two Democrats in the race, Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, who has made her formal announcement, and Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson, who is expected to make his announcement soon.  

Titus, a popular State Senator from the Las Vegas area, has been appearing at almost any function since before last May, making no secret that she wanted to run for Governor.  She has been working the rural areas extensively since shortly after the last special legislative session when she made her formal announcement.  Titus has the grassroots support needed to be a successful candidate.  She is trying to follow the mold of the popular former Governor and Senator Richard Bryan.

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