What I love about the GOP this year is that they need to be crazy to win the primary, then try to change to sane to win the general. Thats what killed Chafee, and I don't see it working for Guiliani either. But kinda interesting that he's far ahead in a lot of polls, and just moved up to the secondary position in the primary.
I've said it a couple times on MyDD, but Fairfield University College Democrats aren't doing great. I am the president, so I'm not blaming anyone on this one, just observing. Political activism is low, and it is hard to get people on campus out to weekly meetings to support what they believe in.
On the other hand, come election time, there were a lot more people coming out. Dean gave money specifically to organize CT universities, which included hiring me to organize the campus for the election. I couldnt get an idea of how much turnout increased, but there was never an off year election like this I'm sure.
So I'd say kids are more active on campaign years, but the club is nearly dead leading up to an off-off year election, with nothing until next semester concrete to do. I'd like to do a training session or some other activism event, but it is tough to get motivating ideas for the club. Any suggestions? What are your college Democrats doing?
Dodd's at 0, or not polled. I really think he has some credibility as a candidate, and I'm a little suprised he has no following. Announcing he's not a Senate contender anymore raised my eyebrows. I'm not for him, but I'd think the beltway types would go to him as well as Clinton, and cut into her a bit. I suppose his $2 million would be better spent elsewhere.
"I think we should begin to get U.S. troops out of Iraq as soon as we can and would urge the administration to do so as expeditiously as possible."
No Senator - there is no convincing the administration. You should know that. Good thing CONGRESS has the power over wars, including starting and stopping them, and funding them. The administration will have to follow along, not the other way around. Obama sees that. Feingold sees that. As John McCain shows, you don't need to be the first to suggest something to lead, just be the loudest cheerleader. In other words - get on board with your collegues and take bold steps. Then you may come up with some netroots support.
The ally of my enemy is not my ally. Puts me in an awkward stance coming from a union family (both parents). I love the SEIU, but they aren't working as an ally supporting the Republicans in NYS.
Even though Chris Shays is the congressman where I go to college, and is typically on the right side of many issues, I supported Diane Farrell for congress and worked my ass off for her. If a union backed Shays on his record over Farrell, they would be working against their interests, and I'd oppose them on that too. Same thing with Chafee, same thing with New York State Republicans.
This is horrible news. My only hope is that outrage by some can push along further the resolutions and concrete actions that are brewing in the Senate.
I'm interested though to see what this does to poor John McCain. First it was we need a surge in troops, and the President called his bluff and now we're going down that terrible path. So McCain upted the ante and said we need even more troops. Now the president may call that bluff. Next, will McCain push Steven Colbert's call for 300,000,000 new troops? We'll see.
I agree with your comments especially. Supporting the Republicans for State Senate bothers me so much. In my state senate district, the 3rd, the unions (not sure about SEIU in particular, the Teachers unions though) supported the Republican incumbent instead of siding with the more progressive, labor-friendly Democrat.
By all means, SEIU shouldn't support any Democrats who work against union interests. But when unions support the opponents, it forces the Democrats to look for another constituency.
And sorry, but wasn't Pataki one of the most outspoken critics of the MTA workers strike last year? From CNN.com:
'New York Gov. George Pataki chastised union members for "recklessly endangering the health and safety of each and every New Yorker." '
I love the SEIU and most of their goals, but there is no long term vision in supporting NYS Republicans. I hope once the Democrats take the state senate, whenever that may come, SEIU will reevaluate where they put their money. Glad to see that they are supporting O'Connell in the special election to keep us farther from taken the State Senate.
I suppose the NYS Republican party isn't close the the national Republican party, but when it comes to a choice between the two parties, SEIU (and all unions, including my parent's teachers unions) all support the Republican incumbents over the more progressive, labor-friendlier Democrats. Supporting them may keep the shrinking NYS Republican Party more to the left, but I don't think it helps having them in control of the State Senate.
It seems like they are just hedging their bets, knowing that the Republican has a good chance of winning (especially without union help), and would rather play it safe and have a friendly Republican.
What pisses me off is when SEIU helps build up the farm team for the Republicans in congress. Congressional Democrats from NY can be just as odious as national Republicans (Peter King NY3, for example), and the leadership they support is worse. Cutting the support of the State Senate Republicans would tear the party out by the roots, and help labor, NYS, and the country. While Stern isn't wrong, it isn't the best long-term solution for their organization or New York.
Great move in my opinion. In fact, I think it wouldn't be a bad idea for most Democrats to shun the network, as their content is terribly biased, when not outright false (I'm thinking of O'Reilly here).
I would ask why the SEIU, and other unions in general, support the Republican Party on occasion. Specifically, they are a huge donor to the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee in New York State, with there money helping in the special election coming up next week. How does that promote union interests when the Republican Party, both in NY and outside, usually drag their feet on workers issues if not outright working against them?
I think that because the McCain googlebomb is just highlighting a reputable article, it has merit to be on the top results. It seems like it will be hard to block out its impact, but things like miserable failure bringing you to George Bush are funny, but I can understand Google scaling back those sorts of manipulations. Chances are that those who attempt to rig the system will always be one step ahead.