There are times i feel so out of step with my generation, not being an obama supporter. But it is not a choice i have made out of hatred for him, it is a positive choice i have made in favour of Hillary.
Yeah, I'm in the "old fart" demographic.
A friend and colleague who spent almost every day for two years by my side in our anti-war vigil is a true believer in Obama. He can't understand why I'm not (I do like him, of course). A few weeks ago he asked me, "Why Hillary? [especially after all that time we spent protesting the war]" I answered him in some detail about similarities on the issues, being pragmatic, etc.
What I should have asked him is, "Why not Kucinich?" [He never was a Kucinich supporter].
Obama or Hillary and not Kucinich? We've determined what we are [pragmatic "sell outs" to our beliefs in one way or another], now we're just haggling over the spoils.
I have no idea who has been here for years or who is a sockpuppet troll that just signed up yesterday.
...Longevity does not confer gravitas, quality of content does...
...Being a newbie doesn't quite confer a lower status, just the same, don't be a jerk - and don't be defensive about being new. Just be cognizant of the facts that the wheel has already been invented and that maybe, just maybe, others might have some measure of experience or institutional memory...
I wish there was an easy way to see when people registered on this site...I don't see any way of checking that on mydd.
Click on any comment rating. Hover over the ID of the rater. You'll see the user number (in my Firefox at the bottom of the screen).
I'm older than dirt (129) around here - though a low number doesn't mean squat for content.
Quite a few old timers don't hang out for now - they're waiting for the great unwashed to depart their favorite sites after the nominee has been decided (and only if most of the crockery isn't broken).
I hate meta. And here I am commenting on it. Did I mention that I hate meta? I'm only here because I happened to have some rare free time this evening - and there's nothing good on television. Did I mention that I hate meta?
...If the progressive blogosphere is to reach its true potential it will take all of us turning the philosophical and theoretical into the practical. If you haven't already signed on to volunteer for a 2008 local or statewide campaign you're just occupying space and wasting bandwidth....
You've got to ask yourself why some of those practical (and maybe, experienced) old timers aren't hanging out. Something about actually working on a campaign...
...this site is starting to rival the ferocity and viciousness...
Starting? Starting? Where have you been the last year?
I had hoped that this would all be over on February 5th. No such luck. The party will be going on through at least June - with all the spilled beer and food ground in the carpet. The hangover is going to be a doozy.
A few things to remember:
Politics is a tough business for tough people. If you want to hold hands and sing songs of brotherhood with everyone else find a hobby that is a little less bruising.
When your opponent is drowning, throw the bastard an anvil. That's how you win.
Not everyone on the Internets is who they want to appear to be.
Candidates and their campaigns are not responsible for, nor do they control their amateur fans.
You help your candidate more by directing your ire at McSame and his campaign. It shows everyone else that you understand what this election is all about.
There were a number of African Americans sitting behind him (I have photos) - the kids standing behind him were from the school and the band that played before he spoke. Representative Emmanuel Cleaver spoke before Clinton. So, for anyone to posit that there were no African Americans in attendance would be incorrect.
Not everyone who posts on progressive political blogs is who they want to appear to be.
Candidates and their campaigns are not responsible for, nor do they control, their amateur fans.
People gravitate to high traffic/high impact progressive blogs because, well, that's where they perceive the action is.
The quality of the content on a progressive political blog is inversely proportional to the number of clueless amateur fans of the various candidates who really believe they are the next James Carville (it's just that nobody has noticed them yet).
The owner of the blog calls the shots. You are here occupying space and wasting bandwidth because they let you.
If you truly want to exercise "free speech" start your own blog. Maybe people will come read it, maybe they won't.
If you are spending most of your time at the great orange satan or here writing meta diaries or candidate diaries instead of working on the ground in your local area for the candidate(s) of your choice you're just occupying space and wasting bandwidth.
Most of the amateur fans should be out of here after February 5th, leaving those who remain to mop up the spilled beer and sweep up the crumbs.