by Chris Bowers, Wed May 23, 2007 at 11:03:21 AM EDT
And while you are at it, Tell Congress - No Blank Check For Iraq. We will only be defeated over the long term if we give up because of the short term.
by Chris Bowers, Wed May 23, 2007 at 11:03:21 AM EDT
NYT Opinionator today (May 23) stating that senior officials in Clinton campaign are telling her to avoid the Iowa caucus and concentrate resources on other primary contests. Looks like others agree with the MyDD polling data.
AP is reporting that Mike Henry (HRC staffer)wrote an internal memo urging Hillary to bypass Iowa but that her campaign is reporting that she will continue to compete in the caucuses.
And yes I just e-mailed my Senators (Durbin and Obama) to vote against any Iraq supplemental that contains a blank check to wage war in Iraq. My congresswoman (Judy Biggert) is an extreme Bush loyalist and she is not worth the effort unfortunately.
You should email Judy Biggert - it doesn't hurt. These BushCo loyalists will never change if no one tells them to.
Looks like Clinton HQ is already desperately trying to lower expectations in the Hawkeye state. Not a sign of strength from her campaign.
It's hard to know whether the Clinton Machine--and it is an impressive machine--is merely methodical or also a little desperate. Probably both.
She is organizing assiduously here, as everywhere, hoping to impress Democrats with the disciplined nature of her bid--as if that, in and of itself, is proof of her suitability to be president.
Her leave-no-stone-unturned attention to detail is characteristic, and understandable.
But it also bespeaks a nagging sense of vulnerability--as if they know that they can't leave anything to chance, lest it all evaporate in a minute.
Senator R-NV that is heading the NRSC... Enzi or Ensign, I forget which one. I could look it up but if you really care on who, you can. He has a goal of 118 million dollars raised before Nov. 2008 elections. So far, 1/6th of the way into that timeframe, he has raised less than 1/12th of his goal and has yet to have a recruit success. This is laughable and hilarious. He's blundering this one worse than Dole in '06. I'd expect bigger gains than '08 unless if the tides change in some unforseen way.
Other than that, not too much is on my mind. Some unrelated friends issues, Obama's campaign stuff, etc. etc.
We all know the GOP needs their bogeyman to operate. Well, the DCCC is increasingly scary to them, as evidenced by a fundraising letter from Rep. Steve Pearce, of NM-02 -- by far the most conservative area of New Mexico.
Good job, DCCC!
If you're one of the folks who was interested in talking about race and the blogosphere the last couple weeks, I've got a diary up right now talking about (and illustrating with a picture)how that plays out in the progressive youth sector - particularly in terms of the explosion of new youth groups and social entrepreneurship among Millennials these last 4 years.
I posted it late last night and it got pushed down pretty quick. Hope folks don't mind the diary pimp.
I support American soldiers. There is a big difference.
Soldiers bleed. Troops "take casualties".
Soldiers care about their buddies. Troops care about "the mission".
Soldiers just want to get home alive. Troops want "victory".
The way to support soldiers is to NOT send them off to get shot at. The way to support "the troops" is to keep funding Dick and Dubya's Excellent Adventure.
I don't believe for one goddam minute that American soldiers in Iraq are muttering to each other, "Gee, I hope those freakin' liberals give our Commander in Chief more money so we can stay here longer." If I did believe it, I would have to ask: what support do I owe to "the troops" if this war (or any war) is THEIR idea?
Any part of the 100 hour agenda, would be nice...
Iraq has been in the way of all these things. Basterd Senate Republicans like to block our legislature by fillibustering it and stopping cloture. It's why I am adamantley supportive of picking up nine seats, because it isn't as unlikely as people think. We just need to pull a little bit of a tease and sweet talk with the candidates we need in order to give a good 10-12 competitive seats.
Released intelligence Bin Laden's attempt to set up Al Qaeda cell to strike Americans in Iraq
General Wesley Clark finally provided some balance last night (5/23/07) to all the Hannity & Colmes warmongering of late. Clark was there to discuss the just-released intelligence about Bin Laden's attempt to set up an Al Qaeda cell to strike Americans in Iraq. Clark firmly debunked conservative assertions that the intelligence demonstrated the importance of staying in Iraq. Then, as Clark said that Britain might be a more important arena for the war on terror, substitute co-host Mark Steyn replied, "If you're proposing a US invasion of Britain, I'd be on board with that."
Presumably, Steyn was being at least somewhat facetious but it was clear that he was also at least somewhat sincere. As News Hounds has previously reported, Steyn has a history of bad taste and bad judgment.
Clark told Steyn, "We're actually supercharging (Al Qaeda's) recruiting efforts" by being in Iraq. Clark said that having our troops in Iraq is "probably not the best way" to fight Al Qaeda. "I think it's probably the worst way." Clark also said that Pakistan and maybe even Great Britain were more important centers of the war on terror. "Britain has the greatest number, apparently, of disaffected young Muslims who are looking for connections with Pakistan and seeking for ways to get into the fight."
Steyn replied, "If you're proposing a US invasion of Britain, I'd be on board with that." Clark diplomatically ignored the statement.
During his portion of the discussion, Alan Colmes pointed out how Bush said in 2002 he was not very concerned about Bin Laden and didn't think about him much. "Did he take his eye off the proper target here?" Colmes asked.
Clark answered, "Well I think all along the president's had a problem with the invasion of Iraq. It didn't go the way he expected it to go, it was an unjustified action... and he's been grasping at straws ever since."
Clark continued by saying that Al Qaeda is clearly a threat but that military force should only be used as a last resort. "Military force has a counterproductive aspect to it. It's very visible and it brings in more sympathizers and recruits so in some ways it's counter-productive."
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