We have built an incredible volunteer base with this election, but now we have to hold onto these great people and make them something other than once-every-four-years citizens. Helping them see that actual service is what public service is all about is going to be the key to changing politics.
We have to start doing a more committed job of taking care of people rather than it just being about the horse race. Let's feed the hungry, care for the sick, and make any conversation about "values" mean something more than just about who can be the most intolerant.
I keep hearing parallels between Alan Schlesinger and Ross Perot, but there is an important difference we should point out: Lieberman is the third party candidate.
A spoiler takes the votes that should have gone to one candidate and makes the other a winner. None of the Republican votes were ones on which Joe had some sort of natural claim. That Joe can't capture all of Schlesinger's constituency is too bad for Joe, but Joe acting like a spoiled kid doesn't make Alan the spoiler.
Lamm is the ex-wife of the former gov.'s brother.
Some people in the district have her confused with her ex-husband's brother's wife who ran for Senate.
She moved into the district to enter this race. She faced being blocked from the ballot by too little support in the caucuses, and instead went the petition route with field workers hired off of Craig's list. She has very little local infrastructure.
Perlmutter was the 8 year State Senator from the District, has double her cash on hand, and has nearly all of the endorsements in this race; including the teachers, the AFL-CIO, the conservation voters, AFSCME, and almost everyone else except for EMILY's list.
I am not saying that Lamm cannot win in three weeks, but I would not put her chances appreciably higher that Herb Rubenstein who is also on the primary ballot for the Dems.
Herb's self financed campaign is a longshot, but I would argue that his abillity to mobilize local support has been at least as effective as Peggy's.
I am going to happily support any of the three that wins, as they would all represent this district better than anyone we have had recently, but from the perspective of this resident of the district I can tell you that the only people that think that someone other than Perlmutter will be the candidate are Peggy's communications people, people from outside the district, and the Republicans who would like to see someone other than Ed Perlmutter.
I don't see this as cheerleading for Warner at all. I think this is a great decision on the side of Colorado and Texas to stand together in their common fight.
If Gov. Warner supports good progressive candidates like Winter and Courage, then he will deserve our applause. We can still disagree with him whenever he gives us cause, but if he stands by these guys he can earn some respect in my book.
Until they add Bill Winter to the ActBlue Netroots page, all claims that the endorsements are based on local blog support are laughable.
Colorado has one of the most developed local blog networks in the country, and the Colorado blogs are solidly behind Bill Winter and say so whenever endorsements to that page are asked for, and say so every single day at our websites.
We voted him onto the Feingold Progressive Patriots endorsement. Tonight we voted him onto Mark Warner's Map Changers list. We write about him, and he speaks for himself, constantly on our pages.
The Netroots endorses Bill Winter. The local blogs of Colorado are crying out in support of Bill and we need the national support that Bill Winter has earned and deserves.
If you want the Netroots endorsed page to reflect the grassroots and the local bloggers, then read our blogs and our comments. Put Bill on the ActBlue page!