the advocacy groups over the will of their own constituents
What are you talking about?
You mean that Democratic constituents are different from Women, Blacks, Gays, Labor, Lower Class, Middle Class, Upper Class... just who are these "advocacy groups" you speak of that are diffent than the Democratic base????
Trot out the "Trusty Negro" to sell the natives our plan for capitulation.
There is something about his "presentation" on Kos that reeks of Powell's presentation to the UN... all Obama needed was a Power Point presentation detailing the location of the Democratic Party Spine and satellite photos of the roving Democratic Spine Mobile.
I think he has been hanging out with the Clintons too long... he is beginning to triangulate in his sleep.
"Trading Places" with their votes to not "typecast" anyone pro or against Roberts and a perfect 21/21 split not to typecast the Democratic Party pro or against Roberts. Gee with leadership like this who needs to be an opposition party.
I guess Feingold and Leahy were assured that progressives would NOT attack progressive Senators over ONE VOTE as Obama was clear to make the distinction. Looks like they were shocked when progressives saw this not as ONE VOTE but a series of Democratic failures...
So when the natives became restless they threw out their ace "Colin Powell" card and trotted out Obama.
The moment Obama claimed that it was "Just One Vote" he lost me because he was being completely disingenuous... this is more that just one vote... it is like saying when the SCOTUS voted in favor of Bush not to recount the votes in Florida...it was "Just one case" or just "13 words" in Bush SOTU speech justifying the illegal murder of 100,000 Iraqis.
Frankly, Obama was sent out on a suicide mission...
The Democratic leadership messed up....ONCE AGAIN pushing the base too far to the right by confirming a right wing IDEOLOGIST, and dumb enough to think people like Kos and Co could quell the masses... well they got another thing and they freaked out... and trotted out the one person left who had some sort of credibility with the progressive base ...since they had just destroyed the credibility of Feingold and Leahy.
They also misunderestimated the "power" of Kos and DailyKos and Co(he is just a boy with a blog)... there have been so many purges and pummelings there that it is quite tame in Orange Square... I think the real heat Feingold and Leahy are receiving is from the thousands of women's organizations around the country ... about one million of them marched ... unbeknownst to Kos... marches do have a purpose...they raise awareness...
In the typical bonehead-ness of the Democratic Leadership (or lack thereof) they played their favorite game of chicken with the base.... and got run over... by the marauding real Democrats.
I guess someone FORGOT that just last year there was the largest march for reproductive freedoms ever in the history of the United States.... these women are still organized and Obama begging forgiveness for his colleagues on the most an anti-woman blog (remember Kos kicked off the most strident women). .. aint gonna fix Feingolds and Leahy's reputations... they were opportunistic pigs and as such deserve every kick in the balls they recieve.
Next time Reid and Hillary should not hid behind a brand new junior Senator and take the mission on themselves.
is that Stern is willing to look beyond the Democratic box. Last year SEIU gave the Republican Governors Association its largest donation of 575,000 dollars. That kinda dwarfs NARALs endorsement of Chaffee.
So we may be seeing the beginning of the end of the old timey "loyal" Democratic base.
The Dems need to jump into the deep end in the South. They are getting filtered reports of Dems on the national level. The local news is a different kettle of fish. I think the only reason that the truth came out in NOLA because it was a Democratic city and the local news was awsome... so the national news had to follow.
Six months of retail campaigning in the south still does not mean our message will get out if Dems once again run to the right... but it is a good start of them just being there. I think Dean and Sharpton were the only ones to fo to Mississippi in the primaries...
CLINTON: Let me answer this. The people in the Superdome are in a special position. And let me say, I've been going to New Orleans for over 50 years. There's no place on Earth I love more. They went into the Superdome, not because of the flooding, but because we thought the hurricane was going to hit New Orleans smack dab and they'd be safe in there if they didn't leave town.
What happened was, when the levee broke and the town flooded, what did it do? It knocked out the electricity and it knocked out the sewage. They're living in hellacious conditions. They would be better off under a tree than being stuck there. You can't even breathe in that place now.
So I understand why they're so anxiety-ridden. But they have to understand, by the time it became obvious that they were in the fix they were in, there were a lot of other problems, too. There were people -- they were worried about people drowning that had to be taken off roofs.
MALVEAUX: So you two believe that the federal response was fast enough?
CLINTON: All I'm saying is what I know the facts are today. There are hundreds of buses now engaged in the act of taking people from New Orleans to the Astrodome in Houston. And you and I are not in a position to make any judgment because we weren't there. All I'm saying is the way they got stuck there, I see why they feel the way they do. But the people that put them there did it because they thought they were saving their lives. And then when the problems showed up, they had a lot of other people to save. Now they've got hundreds of buses. We just need to get them out.
I think they'll all be out by tomorrow. Didn't they say they would all be out by tomorrow morning?
G.H.W. BUSH: Yes.
MALVEAUX: OK. Well, thank you very much. I'm sorry. We've run out of time. Thank you.
G.H.W. BUSH: Let me -- I just to want finish. I believe the administration is doing the right thing, and I believe they have acted in a timely fashion.
And I understand people being critical. That happens all the time. And I understand some people wanted to make, you know, a little difficulty by criticizing the president and the team. But I don't want to sit here and not defend the administration which, in my view, has taken all the right steps. And they're facing problems that nobody could foresee -- breaking of the levees and the whole dome thing over in New Orleans coming apart. People couldn't foresee that.
CLINTON: Yes. I think that's important to point out. Because when you say that they should have done this, that or the other thing first, you can look at that problem in isolation, and you can say that.
But look at all the other things they had to deal with. I'm telling you, nobody thought this was going to happen like this. But what happened here is they escaped -- New Orleans escaped Katrina. But it brought all the water up the Mississippi River and all into Pontchartrain, and then when it started running and that levee broke, they had problems they never could have foreseen.
And so I just think that we need to recognize right now there's a confident effort under way. People are doing the best they can. And I just don't think it's the time to worry about that. We need to keep people alive and get them back to life -- normal life.
MALVEAUX: Good luck to both of you on this mission. Thank you very much. Presidents Bush and Clinton, thanks again.
But considering the Dems could only muster ONE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR to speak up for the rights of thousands of disenfranchised Black DEMOCRATIC voters yet they happily paraded TWENTY ONE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS to vote for a justice that will surly curtain rights of Black and women... I am not holding my breath.
Perhaps you should go to the NARAL website and see just how many states ALREADY have bills PENDING to make abortion illegal or severely obstruct it making it impossible.... it is about 30 and in those they are making it illegal to transfer a minor across state lines to go to legal states.
Kos is a liar. He has written on his front page the anti choice Dems protect women's rights when it is the farthest thing from the truth...
Oh give me a break... all of two people saw it and it was factual in the sense that is showed where Roberts allegence lays. Kos has tried to scape goat NARAL for the CRISES OF DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP. Harry Reid promised a strategy come September and all he offered was "keep your powder dry".