The Battle Goes On

Another day, another dozen or so outraged emails from the Sestak campaign!

Look, Sestak staffers, if your main beef with Specter is what he did when he pitched for the other team, you need newer, more interesting material.

He screwed us because he was working for the team that screws us, and now he’s working for ours. You’re calling him a mercenary, and my response is, “So?” Show me a member of the Senate who isn’t. (All right, Feingold. But still. UPDATE: Yeah, and Bernie Sanders.)

The Sestak team has churned out so many emails in which Joe Sestak proposes so many solutions to so many problems, how can I take any of them seriously? I look at all this and can’t help thinking about mud, and throwing it at walls to see what sticks. No one can get that much legislation passed. This is a really amateurish campaign tactic.

But then again, Joe seems to have trouble hanging on to good campaign staffers, probably because he’s so cheap. It might be easier to believe he’s an actual progressive if he paid his people a living wage.

Complete Waste of Time

The thing I don’t really get about the liberal blogosphere is the amount of time they spend painstakingly rebutting Republican allegations.

Think back: When was the last time the Republicans made an outrageous accusation about Democrats that was actually true?

Tap tap tap….

Still waiting….

Yeah, I couldn’t think of one, either.

Nothing you or I say or do or prove will have any impact whatsoever on the people who are predisposed to believe them. (With the very occasional exception of the media.)

The problem we have is, there’s a large segment of underinformed voters who simply won’t – or can’t – take the time to inform themselves. I think those people are the ones largely swayed by those chain emails – you know, the ones sent by your wingnut relatives about how much more money Michelle Obama spends on her staff than Laura Bush, or that Obama was making the post office put Muslim symbols on stamps? That sort of thing. The ones where they take a tiny grain of fact and simply make shit up to surround it.

And I kind of think that’s what we all should start doing. Whatever outrageous things we can say about Republicans (you know, even more outrageous than the things they actually do?), we need to get out as viral emails.


“Did you know that….

“Republican Sen. Jim Bunning says people on unemployment are too lazy to work, and suggests that medical science use them for guinea pigs?”

“The Texas Republican legislature recently passed a bill that will allow stoning to death any pregnant unmarried women?”

“The NRA lobby is gathering support for a bill that will actually tax people who can’t afford to own a gun?”

“The Republicans have almost enough votes to change the tax laws so that only families making less than $100,000 a year will have to pay taxes?”

“Newt Gingrich tells friends he plans to run for President, and one of the first things he will do is institute a mandatory draft, including young women?”

“I don’t support any of those things. Do you?”

Activists to Dr. No: We’re Not Leaving

This just cheered me up. Some youthful activists are sitting in at Tom Coburn’s office until he allows the Uganda Recovery Act to pass the Senate. (Boy, the Senate really is the place where good ideas go to die – or get obstructed.) Go sign the petition, donate money for coffee, and cheer these guys on!

The momentum is building and more people just keep coming to join dozens of activists refusing to leave Senator Tom Coburn’s office in Oklahoma City until he allows the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act to pass the Senate. Click here to help from wherever you are.

Here’s the low-down: After impassioned lobbying from tens of thousands of activists, historic legislation aimed at ending Africa’s longest-running war is on the verge of passing the Senate unanimously. In fact, the bill has more bipartisan support in Congress than any bill focused on sub-Saharan Africa in American history. But Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, nicknamed “Dr. No”, is single-handedly blocking this landmark legislation because the bill authorizes new funds to assist victims of the violence (you can read more about why in the Campaign FAQ).

As Senator Coburn prevents this bill from passing, the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is terrorizing communities across three countries in central Africa. In the past two months alone, Joseph Kony’s rebel army has massacred hundreds of people and abducted hundreds more, including children who are forced to become soldiers.
That’s why we are holding the Oklahoma Hold Out, and we’re not going home until Senator Coburn agrees to a compromise.

The most committed activists – who know that Senator Coburn’s obstructionism is preventing the action needed to end this senseless violence – are “holding out” outside Senator Coburn’s office in downtown Oklahoma City until the Senator allows the bill to pass.

People are driving and flying from all corners of the country to join in person.
We invite you to join as well, or if you can’t join them in person, we need your support from right where you are.

Meet The New Boss

Very good, lengthy piece from TNR on SCOTUS judicial activism under John Roberts (who I warned about from the moment his nomination was announced):

It’s impossible, at the moment, to tell whether the reaction to Citizens United will be the beginning of a torrential backlash or will fade into the ether. But John Roberts is now entering politically hazardous territory. Without being confident either way, I still hope that he has enough political savvy and historical perspective to recognize and avoid the shoals ahead. There’s little doubt, however, that the success or failure of his tenure will turn on his ability to align his promises of restraint with the reality of his performance. Roberts may feel just as confident that he knows the “right” answer in cases like Peek-a-Boo as he did in Citizens United. But political backlashes are hard to predict, contested constitutional visions can’t be successfully imposed by 5-4 majorities, and challenging the president and Congress on matters they care intensely about is a dangerous game. We’ve seen wellintentioned but unrestrained chief justices overplay their hands in the past–and it always ends badly for the Court.

Somehow, I don’t think he has anything to worry about with this Congress. Call it a hunch!

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