• on a comment on Have The Netroots Gone Insane??? over 8 years ago

    Go read a book.

    Just because they are professors sure as hell does not make this the same.

  • on a comment on Have The Netroots Gone Insane??? over 8 years ago

    Gary, I am happy that you have spent enough time in PA politics to let everyone know who can and cannot win there.

    Some questions:

    1)  You complain about Rendell and Schumer clearing the field.  If they didn't clear it, and Casey ran anyway, who do you think would be the overwhelming favorite?  

    2) How does clearing the field have anything bad for Pennacchio?  In fact, the Dems did not clear the field of Pennacchio, because he is not on their radar.  They cleared it of Hafer, and potentially Hoeffel.  If anything, less candidates should help Chuck.  He is still going to lose by 80 points, why is that?

    3) You have these magical skills where you can tell us that Casey CAN NOT win against Santorum.  What, exactly is that based on?  A daydream or something?  Certainly not history, polls, or common sense.

    I don't like how Casey has waged his campaign, and, I am worried when I see things like his Patriot Act BS.  That doesn't mean I am divorcing myself from reality.

  • on a comment on Have The Netroots Gone Insane??? over 8 years ago

    First, who says party leaders tried to force Chuck Pennacchio out of the election?  Do you honestly think they care about Chuck?  

    They did lean on Hafer and Hoeffel.  And you know what?  Casey still likely would have tatooed either of them.  

    Chuck is still there, and he is losing by 65 points.  A candidate with any chance would be polling better than that, no matter what party leaders wanted.  I asked you a question- name me someone who would beat Casey, and you name me the guy who is losing to him by 65 points?

    Again: name me someone who would not be a serious underdog against Casey in a head to head.

  • on a comment on Have The Netroots Gone Insane??? over 8 years ago

    Let's say Casey was not foisted upon anyone, but he was still running:  Name me who would beat him.

  • on a comment on Have The Netroots Gone Insane??? over 8 years ago

    I think you are pretty off-base Matt.  For example, who says he will be the template for Democratic candidates?  

    He was chosen because, above all else, he was extremely well-known, and just collected a ton of votes one year earlier.  Casey is popular here, whether we like it or not.  That is why he was chosen- because PA voters like him, and, if he had run anyway, he likely still would have clobbered Hafer, Hoeffel or anyone else that did not have a base of support that is the entire Philadelphia region.  So, really, unless Rendell had run himself, this was Casey's seat to lose, in a big, big way.

    Casey has run a terrible campaign, if you can call it that.  But, I also think that what his terrible campaign has done has overshadowed, at least for me, that besides choice, a lot of people who I trust think that Casey will be a good Senator, and will be a more labor-tailored politician than we usually get.  His statements on Alito and the Patriot Act have certainly given me some doubt, of course.

    But, again, if Casey was not forced upon us, there is little doubt that he would at least have been the Dem nominee for Governor in 2010, with or without Rendell's support.  That name is worth a hell of a lot here.

    What you are dead right on though, is this:  Democrats, especially Democrats in Pennsylvania, have done a poor job in multiple things:  one, creating any sort of depth amongst progressives at the State rep and Senate level.  (And our most reliable, smart progressive- Alan Kukovich, lost, and is gone.)  Second, there is no progressive infrastructure to push back when someone like Rendell clears the field.  Someone like Hoeffel would have made a good candidate, but, its not like there was an outcry of support for him.  The most likely candidate was Barbara Hafer, who switched parties to the Dems out of spite.  Then there was Kukovich, who again, lost his own seat in the Senate.

    I feel your pain about a lack of a progressive candidate.  But, I hope you feel ours about a lack of a progressive bench in Pennsylvania, and instead of trying to make man-on-dog launch his campaign for presidency from our ashamed State, help us develop a real bench, and help us beat the crap out of Rick Santorum.

  • comment on a post Who's Clueless Now? over 8 years ago


    Chris Bowers, waving his middle finger.  

    Sort of knowing Chris, as well as watching him write for the past 2 years, I can honestly say that was the funniest post I have ever read on MyDD.

    That, and the time someone changed Roger Owen's username to "Whiny Roger Owen."

  • on a comment on updated: unrecommend over 8 years ago

    My candidate?  Do I live in Ohio?  Have I volunteered in Ohio?  Donated money to either candidate?  No.  

    And, of course Bob, you still cannot/will not answer the question.

  • on a comment on updated: unrecommend over 8 years ago

    In other words Bob, is that a yes?

  • I honestly don't even know what that means.

  • on a comment on updated: unrecommend over 8 years ago

    Again Bob, would you be comfortable, if you were running against Kerry, to start using SBFT ads?

  • on a comment on updated: unrecommend over 8 years ago

    The point is Bob, is why you feel the need to repeat it?  If you ran against Kerry in a primary, would you be comfortable with them airing SBVT ads?

    Yes, they can recycle their attack ads against us.  Why though, is a fellow Democrat?

  • Your maturity is stunning!  

    Maybe you can join up with Brigham, and follow him on his quixotic trips around the country tearing up progressive Democrats.

  • comment on a post updated: unrecommend over 8 years ago


    Way to show that damn progressive who is boss!  Nothing like bringing up 15 year old attacks from the GOP!  'Atta boy!  Lee Atwater would be proud!  

  • Yes Bob, because I am from Pennsylvania, and resigned to the fact that a candidate who is up 65 points in a poll is going to win, I must love Bob Casey!

    If the rumors are true, and Hackett runs for Rep instead, does he keep you, or do you try and tear down another Democrat?  Maybe another member of the progressive caucus is running for office somewhere?  Go get em!

  • Ooops.  I meant "is" your goal.


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