Submitted by Jerry Meek on Sat, 11/11/2006 - 2:37pm
Hey, everyone. The 2008 elections have already begun. And, already, I need your help. It's not clear at this point that Elizabeth Dole will actually run for re-election. She's been widely criticized for her performance as Chair of the NRSC; she's shown that she has little to no interest in what happens to North Carolina or its citizens; and, let's face it, her performance on the pre-election episode of "Meet the Press" was painful to watch.
But, even if she does run, we can beat her. So, who should I recruit to take her on? Don't limit yourselves to politicians. Are there good businesspeople or community leaders out there who share our vision and can win?
Pelosi was smart to take impeachment "off the table." Attempts to deliver payback to the Republicans for their shenanigans of the last few years -- when they virtually ignored Democrats -- would be wasted. And the American people have waited a long time for legislation that addresses their real and understandable concerns in meaningful ways.
Though I would just about kill to see the Criminal-in-Chief impeached, I believe cooler heads should prevail. Perhaps Bush will eventually be tried for crimes against humanity in the Hague, but for now, he will simply twist in the wind as the most imcompetent and corrupt American president ever.
To: Representative Mike McIntyre
Subject: A shot across the Bow...
Dear Representative McIntyre,
My wife and I stood in the rain for 8+ hours last Tuesday working our precinct making sure Democratic and Independent voters knew the party affiliation of all candidates....judicial and otherwise. We distributed flyers in our neighborhood recommending Democratic candidates with arguments as to why they should be elected. We held a successful fund raiser for Julia Boseman, and we helped expose Al Roseman’s negative campaign. Nan is precinct captain for H9. You might get the general idea that we’re active and motivated to see significant change in our government.
I confess to a certain ambivalence about my status as a veteran. I was educated at taxpayer expense at the US Naval Academy. I served the absolute bare minimum required after graduation, which was five years. And I spent much of my time on active duty working aggressively against the war in Vietnam, to the bitter end. A third of the people I worked with were idiots, a third were assholes, and the remaining third – mostly people who were drafted or went to ROTC to avoid the draft – made life only barely tolerable.
When I graduated in 1972, my class standing was high enough to give me almost whatever duty assignment I wanted. I was the first in my class to choose a ship that had NO chance of going to Vietnam, ever. Stationed in Norfolk, I spent two years as the navigator on the USS Charleston, LKA-113. Every now and then the work was inspiring. It was my job to “shoot the stars” and pinpoint our location on gigantic charts. I was also responsible for being a weatherman.
A quick note on behalf of Congressman Brad Miller, who has temporarily lost his BlueNC password. Brad has a recommended diary on Daily Kos that'll do your heart good.
Thank you for all you did this year to help me and Democrats all over the country. The netroots were engaged and gave campaigns real energy. On election day we had hundreds of people standing for hours at polling places in a cold, driving rain. We had dozens more calling to get out the vote. We raised almost $1.8 million, much of it in small increments from thousands of people. Oh yeah, and I got 64 percent of the vote in a purple district against an opponent who probably spent $2 million.
We weren't exactly starting from scratch. I'd been elected to Congress twice before, and to the state legislature four times. But we grew our campaign dramatically this year. A big part of that was because of the support from the netroots. And other candidates, Larry Kissell for instance, did build impressive campaigns from scratch largely because of netroots support.
The "netroots support" he's talking about there is you, my friends.
You have to hand it to the Party of Greed, they're still operating as though nothing is ever anyone's fault. Like feckless fools, they stand by and watch their Republican colleagues systematically destroy America's reputation in the world, all the while claiming, "it's not my fault." Things just "happen" to them, they are not responsible for anything.
And if you don't believe me, just ask Liddy Dole. She's quoted extensively in Barbara Barrett's interview in O-No! today.
Now, after two years in the Senate's GOP leadership, Dole tumbles into the minority -- back to her status as freshman senator from North Carolina and, perhaps, out of favor among Republican activists frustrated at election results. Dole is satisfied with her performance.
A lot of attention has been paid to the effect of Bush, the war, etc. on the outcome of the election. In North Carolina, I think it is clear that trade was a much bigger issue than anything else in the Shuler and Kissell races. Now Public Citizen is attempting to link the gains nationwide to the issue of trade.
Public Citizen put together a report detailing a number of races where fair-trade candidates won in districts where they were underdogs, such as NC-11.
With Jim Black tangled up in ropes of his own making, positioning for Speaker of the North Carolina House is shifting into high gear. O-No! covered it today as did NC Policy Watch.
On Wednesday, three veteran lawmakers acknowledged their intentions to run for speaker if Black can't hold the position. Among them is Majority Leader Joe Hackney of Orange County, who previously had declined to talk about the possibility of a speaker's race. "It's obvious that there will be some people exploring that option as we go along, and I'd be one of them," Hackney said.
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