• Bob,

    I can't tell, so maybe you can help me out.

    If your goal to be the blogosphere's Joe Lieberman (Democrat with decent views, but who loves to tear down other Dems with republican talking points), Chris Matthews ("balanced" loudmouth, spouting Republican frames), or just our old friend, Bob Shrum.

    I anxiously await your response!

  • I guess my point is that as much as we would like to think we are important, it doesn't really matter sometimes what we care.  

    The conservative Democrat is going to wipe the floor with Chuck.

  • The problem is that you think Casey needs to attack Santorum on abortion to win.  Realistically, as the polls show, he doesn't.  That is why Santorum, the incumbent, wants to debate him non-stop.

    Casey has not been encouraging, to say the least.  But, Chuck Pennacchio has zero chance.  So, why not use our energy somewhere where it can make a difference?  Here, it cannot.

  • Eh.  Plenty more people in PA are pro-choice than pro-life.  

    This is the power of the Casey name, mixed with a dislike for Santorum.

  • on a comment on Netroots Actblue Page over 8 years ago

    Huh?  In other words, that means you acknowledge that a candidate who is down by 50 percent (50!) in polls, and has zero money, will lose, and lose badly?

    I love long shots.  I don't love suicide missions.  Chuck is leading you straight down one.  

    You, like me, are from PA.  Why don't we focus our efforts on building a real bench so this kind of thing is not generally an issue in the future?  Why doesn't Chuck?

  • on a comment on Netroots Actblue Page over 8 years ago

    The media now generally mentions Chuck's name, along with Alan Sandals.  How do they poll?  Together, in a poll with like 4 percent margin of error, the two of them combined for three percent.  Three!  I mean, hell, with the margin of error, he could be at zero.  At this point, lets stop blaming the media.  Chuck is now polled, and he comes across as an extreme, extreme, extreme long shot.  What do you want them to do, make up for the millions of dollars that he does not have, but needs?  

    Please, lets be realistic.  Target races early, and help us build a base of progressives.  Why does everyone think we can so easily skip steps along the way?

    Like buildng a third party, building a progressive bench is hard work, that will take a long time.  Yet, instead of putting his energy into that, Chuck has decided he should be a Senator.  Nice guy or not, that just is not how it works.  

  • on a comment on Netroots Actblue Page over 8 years ago


    Why is he not viable?  Because he is down 50 some odd points in a poll, has zero name recognition, little money, and is up against someone who has both money, recognition, and whether we like it or not- a hugr base of support.  

    Together, bloggers can make differences in targeted races.  But, we will never, ever be able to take a candidate from 2 percent to 50.  That is just the reality.  We have to pick our battles, and get n early.  Going after Bob Casey might make us feel good, but in the end, if Chuck cracks ten percent in the polls, I will be shocked.  I am a firm, proud liberal, but really, this is not the fight we want to pick, because we will lose very, very badly.

  • comment on a post The Bob Casey Dilemma over 8 years ago

    I think you are pretty off-base Matt.  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.  

    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.  And, 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.

    You say he is kind of stupid, which is a kind of stupid thing to say, because I don't think that has any basis in anything.

    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

  • comment on a post Name One Race the "netroots" has won? over 8 years ago


  • Ben Schweitzer for President!  Maybe he can team up with Bob Obama!
  • comment on a post Truckin' over 8 years ago
    Changing your mind is not against the law, and, I hope you do at some point.  

    The idea that you cannot give analysis or opinion on the website that you created seems pretty chilling.

  • on a comment on Ohio and the Blogs over 8 years ago
    It seems a little odd for you to be telling someone what they can and can not write about on their personal website.
  • comment on a post The next five ActBlue states: OH, PA, TX, FL, MT over 8 years ago
    Since municipalities are part of states, does that mean that Mayors and City Councilman can use them, as well?
  • comment on a post You are more than just a piggybank. over 8 years ago
    And you are more than an ordinary candidate.  I look forward to watching you beat Gerlach.  I hope and expect that my friends in the Philly burbs see just how stark a choice we have in the upcoming election.
  • on a comment on Sign the Hackett Petition over 8 years ago
    Late response, but, Wellstone was 6 to 9 points up on Coleman when he died.


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