Category Archives: Congressional races

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?

The Capitol Hill Capos

It’s not just Republicans that have turned Capitol Hill into an enclave of extortion and domestic terrorism. Bernie Sanders is going around the country telling the electorate that they need to turn the Congress inside out, but, at least as far as I can tell, he’s not been explicit so far in refuting the widely accepted notion that Congress has been hijacked by the private sector. Sanders lays blame on big banks and commercial corporations without acknowledging that it’s actually Congress that’s effectively got the corporate sector by the balls.
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Agreed — “Corruption is Legal in America”

The description of the symptoms of the problem is accurate in the video being distributed by Represent.Us, as is the prescription to “follow the money.” Where it goes wrong is in identifying the direction of the monetary flow. And, for that matter, they’re also mistaken about the essence of the corruption. Many, if not most, of our representatives in Congress are corrupt. But, the corruption does not consist of them serving outside special interests, instead of the general public they were hired to serve. Rather, it consists of them serving themselves, enhancing their own powers (and material wealth), instead of serving some or all of the public they were hired to serve.
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