Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Best Links From Nov 4, 2010 (Or: The Campaign For 2012 Starts Now!) (US Politics Today)

Democracy Now finds the silver lining in the GOP's victory.  Roughly half of the Blue Dog/conservative Democrats were voted out in the 2010 mid-term, while nearly all the progressive Democrats held on to their seats.  Looks like voters prefer liberal dems to their conservative cousins.  What a shame Bart Stupak didn't come out to play in 2012.

The end result is that the liberal wing of the Democratic party is going to be more visible in the House, and America might get to see what progressives look like. 

Incumbent Democrat Senator Patty Murray might still have a job.  Good for her.  There are other continuing races, but I really like Washington State, so this one interests me.

Fire Dog Lake is trying to figure out how to legalize pot in the future, by examining prop 19's defeat November 2nd.  They want to hear from you, so armchair political strategists should head on over.  For a legitimately grass roots campaign, their self proclaimed accomplishments are respectable:

  • You made more than 50,000 calls to California voters, and thousands more to the other states.
  • With your support, we built new sites for two campaigns, and rescued Prop 19’s site after it crashed on Election Day.
  • We transformed the marijuana debate, and have shown that it’s possible to run real, bottom-up campaign to legalize marijuana.
My take?  Now that we know the beer industry is against prop 19, we should plan on their resistance next time.  Buy ad space online and on radio to help reveal their duplicitous motives.  That, and don't put pot on a mid-term ballot.  Young voters won't show unless the Executive's seat is up for grabs.

No matter what, the yes on prop 19 movement can serve as a fairly successful role model for future grass root campaigns.

In other news, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said something revealing:
"...the fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill; to end the bailouts; cut spending; and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things.”
So there ya go, another Republican is outlining just how doomed the conservative movement in this country is.  The Republicans want to drag the country back into a healthcare reform debate, stop all positive economic progress in this country, slash entitlements (they're coming for you, veterans) and slash services.

And they're already talking about 2012, just like us.  We have officially replaced governing with campaigning!  

This is the right's political strategy for the next two years:  Prevent the Government from governing during a time of national crisis, and then reap the support of the Tea Party.  That's it.  Hopefully conservatives will see these two faced politicos for what they are by 2012, but we shouldn't count on it.  We can't afford another 8 years of far right neo-con leadership, but that's what the Tea Party wants.

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