Category Archives: Congressional races


Dave Kulju’s recollection is not perfect truth, but it contains no falsehood. Sad to say, Dave is evidence of the old saying that “only the good die young.” He is missed but the effort of which he was a part continues. Carol Shea-Porter is still our NH-1 candidate for Congress. Because of tainted money, she’s been trading places with a Republican know-nothing.
There is just one little mistake. The meeting where Dave and Carol met had no connection to the DNC. It was held at my house under the auspices of Democracy for America whose founder, Howard Dean, had moved on to the Democratic National Committee, as a result of our first successful upset of the status quo, and left the grass roots to his brother.
Perhaps Dave’s hopeful attitude was due to the after-glow. My own state of mind on election day was less positive.
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False Information is Protective

It’s not a matter of “what they don’t know can’t hurt them.” It’s a matter of false information serving to shield the true perpetrators of harm. So, for example, when workers believe that the currency they need to access the necessities of life comes from their employers, then sending the cops to “protect” corporations from protesters and dissent makes sense. The truth that currency not only belongs to the people but is under the control of their representatives would turn the country upside down.
I’m not sure the Sanders strategy of turning the citizenry against the middlemen is going to be effective. At some point, the focus has to be on Congress. The recently announced agenda for 2018 is not enough. The rot has to be cut out of Congress now. Calling them corrupt is not enough.

Secular Breviary

S3310002Going to a Republican political event involves being propagandized from a secular breviary. That is, after the obligatory prayer to the Father or the Lord from whom all blessings flow. The person responsible for everything in the party of personal responsibility is the deity.

The ritual is predictable and the message is always the same. Public officials pronounce the importance of providing “protection” and keeping everyone safe. Our Congress critter, Buddy Carter’s, proud declaration that he and his colleagues had passed yet another bill to cancel Obamacare strikes none of the audience as inconsistent. I’m beginning to suspect that’s because, like the ritual of the Latin Mass, nobody actually considers what’s being pronounced. The tone of pride is what elicits applause. I can see why Michelle Obama caused such a fuss when she said she was proud. Pride is a Republican virtue. It’s all some of them have got.

Buddy also waxed enthusiastic when talking about drilling for oil in the Atlantic so the Arabs can’t hold us hostage again. The sequester, in retrospect, was a bad idea because the military has been cut too much. Gotta keep those protectors supplied, don’t you know?

Well, that was interesting…….

I don’t usually check the bonafides of commenters on Dailykos because I don’t think WHO writes something should affect the merits of WHAT was writ. But, yesterday, in response to a rather off-the-cuff comment about the attitudes of political professionals towards the grass roots, at least three individuals, claiming to be “professionals” rousted themselves to object — at some length. But, while I was inclined to credit their perspective and perhaps even give it another airing, I did a quick check and discovered that these individuals, who were commenting on a Congresswoman from New Hampshire and Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, are nobodies from California, Missouri and, maybe, Minnesota. WTF?
Does an occasional comment on Dailykos now fill some slot on a resume for wanna-be “professional” campaign workers? As a courtesy, I try to acknowledge comments — not too difficult, since responses to me are usually few. My only problem is that 48 people approved of the disdainful attitude expressed towards the “grass roots” and, by extension, the voters.
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Politics is like golf in the South.

It’s a year-round avocation. There is no season. Politicians and elected officials have to be watched all the time. And during presidential election campaigns the candidates have to hit all the states. That’s the message our friend Louie Ludwig delivers from New Orleans where Bernie Sanders addressed an enthusiastic crowd of 5000 last night.

Sanders referenced Howard Dean’s fifty state strategy and Ludwig applauds it. But, I think he’s mistaken in thinking the Democrats have abandoned it. Yes, the national party has given it up, but those folks, little power mavens themselves, were never enthusiastic about the grass roots’ new sprouts. The locals kept the faith and are congregating in Obama’s Organizing for America. And then there are the peripherally inspired Tea Party folk. Though they’ve been somewhat co-opted by the Koch Brothers, it’s my sense that the public participation is what they are still after.

The House is unruly because the new comers refuse to be herded. But, they harken back to “no taxation without representation.” The Republican poobahs give them “no taxation,” while withholding representation. That’s what’s frosting some of the 220 novice members of the House. As they stand for re-election there’s an opportunity for re-direction. All we have to do is convince them that “tax cuts” are a euphemism for people’s incomes being cut, or low-cal is shorthand for no nutrition. How hard is that?