Meeting Simon Rosenberg
by up2date, Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 08:51:24 AM EST
After a similar event with Donnie Fowler a couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post titled "Donnie Fowler Gets it." I could have used the same title for Simon Rosenberg, except it would need to be longer. Something along the lines of "Simon Rosenberg gets it, always has, and has both a plan and the skills to do something about it." But that's rather unwieldy for a title, so hopefully this post will get that across.
What follows below the jump is mix of a play by play of last night's event along with a few editorial comments here and there.
Some phrases and notions which stand out (these are not exact quotes - they are as good as my poor notes will allow):
- Party to fight for regular people
- We should not be going behind to fix the future
- Do not cede the values debate
- Make our own Noise Machine
- Build state & local parties
- New commitment to grassroots
- The fire of the last two years should be the beginning, and we need to encourage and empower it.
- We need to move past the broadcast model of the past. People as partners, not just sources of funding. As partners or stakeholders, people responded and went to work.
- The DNC needs to rally around the people, not a building in DC.
- Sick & tired of being sick & tired
When talking about Social Security, he was on message and passionate. He discussed how important it was for us to not only stand against the Conservative's plan to dismantle Social Security, but also call them on their diversionary tactics. President Bush has a terrible record on the economy and is using Social Security and tort reform as distractions. While Social Security has been grabbing all the headlines, in my view tort reform is a fight of near equal importance and I was glad to hear Rosenberg mention it in the same breath as Social Security.
He was quick to credit Josh Marshall's amazing efforts on Talking Points Memo. His voice was filled with awe, admiration and opportunity thinking of the almost limitless possibilities as noted that one person, one single individual, had played such a role in defeating the Conservative's plan by, in part, giving Democrats the backbone to fight the extreme agenda.
In response to another question, he quickly outlined what the Democrats central message should be:
- Values (talk about our values - don't let them be defined by the GOP)
One more item: Rosenberg was introduced by Joe Trippi who said most of the usual nice things one does in an introduction. One of which was that Rosenberg was a kind of bridge between different groups within the Democratic Party, could build a consensus, could help us all work for the common goals, etc. At the time I thought it was part of the usual intro fluff, but by the end I realized it is a very real asset Rosenberg possesses. Rosenberg appears comfortable (and experienced) working with the tools of an institutional group like the DNC, yet he clearly was excited by and is committed to the grassroots and netroots.
I can't vote in this race, but if I could it would be down to Dean and Rosenberg. I am a fan of Fowler's, but I'd rather see one of the other two as chair.
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