• on a comment on Draft Obama over 7 years ago

    Ooops.  Not unnecessarily- necessarily.

  • on a comment on Draft Obama over 7 years ago

    Well, I agree for the most part.  

    But, 1) I think Obama is a little different than most in the past.  Besides the simple fact that he is African-American, he is also a super star, whose only knock to most people (again, not the blogosphere) is a lack of experience.  Being VP cures that.

    2) My point isn't that he unnecessarily wins Gore votes in the general, although frankly, I think he would.  My point is that I could see them cutting a deal in the primary, throwing his support behind Gore, and then Gore crushes Hilary, et. al.

  • on a comment on Draft Obama over 7 years ago

    Ok, but, it is still a fundamentally different equation.  With Clark, there was a much different relationship then there would be with Obama.  Clark much more ran because of the Draft Clark movement.  Is there any legitimate question that he would have run if the movement didn't start?  

    You think any decision Obama makes will be because of the Draft Obama versions?  I don't.

  • comment on a post Draft Obama over 7 years ago

    First, I think this is silly.  The draft Clark movement in my sense was people realizing that there was a great guy out there, and the way to get him to run was to show him he was wanted, he would have money, and he would have supporters.

    The point of the Draft Obama movement seems to be to get publicity.

    The "drafts" aside:

    My basic sense with Obama is that this is where bloggers separate themselves from not only the rest of the grassroots, but the rest of the netroots (for example MoveOn members).  

    While a Kos poll puts Obama at even with Edwards and Clark, I am guessing that a Moveon Poll would put him far, far ahead.  

    I had this daydream today that Gore comes in late, stomps out the field, and within 1 month is ahead in money and the polls (OK, maybe close in money, not ahead); and on his first day of announcing, says Obama will be his VP.  They crush everyone in sight, and the primary is over before the first vote is cast.

    On a personal level, by the way, he has been annoying the living shit out of me for the past two years, by doing basically nothing.  I myself would prefer Clark or Edwards.  At this point, probably Edwards.  

    But, anyway, Matt, my rambling basically leads me to this conclusion:  His support is not as shallow as you think, because he represents something that a lot of people instinctively go for.  He has positioned himself, while sounding really corny, as American, in a sense that a lot of people want to think about us:  nice, smart, hopeful, integrated, etc.  Especially for our generation (you and I), I think Obama will be unstoppable if he runs.  And frankly, I think Obama could cement out generation as permanent Democrats.  

    Unless, of course, Albert comes back.  Then things change.

  • comment on a post LA-2: Gambling Into Recovery over 7 years ago

    I dunno, Tim.  Yeah, it might help the bottom line, but as you note, we know where that bottom line is coming from...

    Basically, what it says to me is NOLA, which had its class divide ripped wide open for the world to see, wants to use a model to rebuild that will only make that gulf wider.

  • comment on a post Snake Oil and Unity08 over 7 years ago

    Well said.

    Lets see, great examples of bipartisanship:

    -Iraq.
    -Bankruptcy Bill.
    -NCLB.

    Gee, these are working out great!  How many am I missing?  

    Actually, since Joe is their guy, how about a list of Joe style bipartisanship.  That way we can throw in:

    -Alito.
    -Destructive Energy Policies.
    -Annoying Senators who I really wished we beat.

  • comment on a post Thoughts On Thanksgiving Thread over 7 years ago

    My favorite holiday, bar none.

  • going to throw out

  • I am just throw out the crazy idea that I doubt the caucus in the House would pick a Senator.

  • comment on a post 2008 over 7 years ago

    Thanks Senator.  

    Keep on pushing what should be common sense ideas back into the mainstream (like healthcare for all), and you will have provided a service for the Country at least as big as a Presidential run.

  • comment on a post An Effective Minimum Wage Increase over 7 years ago

    Cross posted on that little orange blog.

  • I mean in no sense, not on sense.

  • Funny joke.  Pennsylvania is known as one of the more gerrymandered states, and it didn't get like that from a bipartsian process.  For example, Lois Murphy's district when from the border of Philly all the way through Reading.

    In no sense is our redistricting bi partisan, and in on sense did it protect Dem incumbents.  John Perzel drew districts up to try and minimize as much as possible the amount of Dems who could win.  And, in the process he threw a number of incumbents Texas style into the same district- for example, Hoeffel  and Borski in Philly, and a similar pairing in Pittsburgh.

    In fact, the only reason we won the suburban races was because he got a little too piggish, and cut the margins too close, while not accounting for changing demographics.

  • comment on a post Unexpected Wins over 7 years ago

    Off topic:  Webb is up with 99 percent in.....

  • comment on a post Feudalism on the Schuylkill over 7 years ago

    Campbell is garnering attention because she is the symbol of everything that is wrong with Philly, not because she is African-American.  She is not just a ward leader, like the other two.

    Lets see:

    She was convicted of campaign finance violations.

    She has a whole business set up to make herself a killing off of Philly's embarassing way of selecting judges.

    She is one of the top two or three people in the City Party apparatus.

    She famously said "we need to challenge bloggers on their own turf," or something like that.  Philly's bloggers are pretty scary.  We want good schools for kids, economic opportunity for all Philadelphians.  We want safe streets, and a responsive, accessible government.  Yeah, we should definitely be her enemy.

    But, as we saw with Trump coming into Philly, when someone has a problem in Philly they quickly, simply start race baiting.  Nothing like trying to set your city on fire to protect yourself.

    As for Nutter, he has some good ideas.  But, its hard to push for a candidate who's signature issue is a chamber of commerce driven tax cut for businesses.  Until he squares that, a lot of people are going to have some problems with him.

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