Winning in November
by kid oakland, Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 12:58:55 PM EST
As many of you know I wrote a diary correcting an erroneous assertion that Jerome Armstrong made on the front page here.
My correction was based on directly contacting the source of Jerome's citation, the Center for Responsive Politics, and obtaining from them a "for the record" rebuttal of Jerome's front page claim on this website. Accuracy and facts matter. They are especially important in the context of a contentious primary campaign upon which the nomination for president depends. Jerome updated his story. (As did Jeralyn Merritt at TalkLeft.)
Now, despite receiving recommends from well over 60 readers here, many of whom are names I recognize from the MyDD caucus at Yearlykos Las Vegas, Jerome removed my diary from the recommended list claiming that I had violated MyDD policy by personally attacking him.
I did no such thing, and the record clearly shows that. But that's besides the point, my intention in writing that diary was to correct the public record, not to demean or insult Jerome Armstrong. Period.
But please allow me use this moment to address a broader point...
As Democrats and progressives, as advocates of the 50 State Strategy, our goal in November is much broader than simply electing one or the other Democratic candidate to the White House.
We have contests in House and Senate races, in State legislative races, for governorships and within our various Democratic parties that all of us care about.
We need MyDD, like we need DailyKos, TalkLeft, OpenLeft, SwingState project...and local bloggers like those who participate in BlogsUnited, and activists from MoveOn and DFA...to be on board for this effort, to cooperate whatever our personal choice of presidential candidate.
Winning in November is something we all care about and it's an effort in which we are mutually dependent on each other. We're on the same team.
I've written extensively here on MyDD. Here are just a few of my posts written on these very topics over the years, some of which were, at various points, front paged here:
Starting with the Districts: a model of House Targeting, December, 2005
Meet Ollie Ox: why local blogging matters, August, 2006
the power of the long tail blog, May, 2007
Abel Guillen: the rise of the millenials, June, 2007
Now, I know and respect the rules of this website. I've written pieces here...some of which only appeared here...because MyDD has been the premier website/discussion forum for Democratic netroots activists with on the ground experience in politics and campaigns. In my work with local bloggers, it has been clear that MyDD represents, along with SwingState project, one of the original nodes of activity in support of local blogs. Jerome Armstrong is a hero and leader in that regard.
Now, I happen to disagree with Jerome in my preference for the Democratic nomination for President. I think Senator Barack Obama is our strongest candidate versus John McCain, I think he is our best advocate of the 50 State Strategy and I am convinced he will lead our party to expanded majorities in November 2008 and gains in every last state. However, while I probably would have made different editorial choices than Jerome has made these last months, I can respect that he has a different preference in the presidential primary of our party. That's no small matter; we should all be able to respect each other in primary season.
That being said, my diary about the Center for Responsive Politics was meant strictly to correct the record, not to subvert Jerome or this website. I would not post here if I didn't think this venue was important to Democrats and progressives. Period. End of sentence.
I think the folks who recommended that diary would agree. I think even many who disagree with my support of Senator Obama, could well agree with my broader point about the 2008 elections looking forward.
We are committed to winning in November. We are committed to working together as progressives. We need MyDD and every last one of its readers on board for the task ahead of us.
A task that involves not simply taking on John McCain, as I'm convinced Barack Obama will ably do, but expanding our Democratic majority in every last state of the nation, in offices large and small and with every last one of us working together the best we can.