Stan Matsunaka as inspiration?
by history prof, Thu Feb 09, 2006 at 06:15:17 AM EST
Right now the photo on the myDD logo is of Stan Matsunaka, a good Democrat certainly but not an inspiration for how to win power for progressive purposes.
After serving in the Colorado state senate, Matsunaka twice ran and lost to notorious uber conservative Marilyn Musgrave in elections for Colorado's 4th U.S. House district. The first time around Matsunaka failed to fight back against liberal bashing negative ads that had racist insinuations. In round two with less money he ran a more agressive, and more successful, campaign featuring caricatures of Musgrave robbing U.S. soldiers of their benefits, but still equivocted when called on it by the GOP. Musgrave is the kind of arch-cultural conservative (she sponsored the anti-gay marriage amendment in the House) who purple state Democrats should be able to defeat but can't if they stick to an "act nice" script that reinforces the GOP theme of weak Democrats.
This year Dems have a better shot at Musgrave, and it's worth notinng that Matsunaka is not running.
We need winners, not losers.